What to Expect in a Lesson
Lessons are taught one-to-one with a teacher and pupil to better understand the idiosyncrasies of each individual student’s body and habitual use. For a first lesson, it is customary to spend the first 10-15 minutes going over a brief introduction to the history and principles of the technique, followed by hands-on work. In a typical lesson, the teacher uses a hands-on technique combined with verbal instructions to guide the student to finding a better organization of the body. The teacher and student work on “procedures” such as sitting in a chair, standing, walking, etc., that reflect the actions and movements that we encounter in everyday life. By working with these procedures, the pupils begins to recognize their habitual response to daily stimuli and can begin to make the connection to applying the principles of the technique to all activities in life. Another aspect of lessons are table turns, in which the pupil lies semi-supine (back down, knees bent) on the table, and the teacher guides and directs them through a relaxing and rejuvenating exploration into how to release tension and allow the back to lengthen and widen.
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My First Lesson
I began taking Alexander Technique lessons 7 years ago, as a vocalist who had lost the ability to sing. In my first lesson, my teacher helped me to re-align and better organize my body. It felt quite foreign, but quite wonderful. As many people say when they experience the Alexander Technique for the first time, I felt light and experienced that my body worked as a whole, instead of parts. In that moment, I felt as though I had reached some profound answer. Intellectually I had no clue what that answer was, but my body seemed to say: “Yes! Finally, this is it!”
When my teacher asked me to look in the mirror I was overcome. The vision in the mirror was a version of myself that was tall, poised, radiating, and empowered. It was a vision of myself that reflected everything I wanted to be and could be. I knew in one look at that I would not and could not stop this work, until I came to know that other potential version of myself, until that vision was my reality.
Seven years and a three-year training course later, I am still in love with this work. Not only have I met the person in the mirror, but I have taken myself farther than I ever could have imagined possible. I have witnessed countless times how this work has changed the lives of students and teachers in the community. To me, it is the greatest gift: the gift to become the master of your body, mind, and spirit. I am grateful to have found it every day.