What Happens in an Alexander Lesson?
Alexander Technique teachers work one-on-one with students in private lessons focusing on the student's unique habits and patterns. Students are led through simple movements with verbal direction and gentle hands-on guidance. Students develop awareness of their habits and an understanding of the Technique’s principles as they learn to apply them. Part of the lesson takes place on a massage table (fully clothed).
How Many Lessons Will I Need?
That depends on a number of factors, including your goals and your starting point. After six to ten lessons most students will notice improvements in daily activities. To benefit more fully, about 30 lessons over three to six months are recommended.
The Technique deals with entrenched habits developed over a lifetime. A degree of commitment is desirable to incorporate long-lasting changes and to experience it’s broad benefits.
A five-lesson introduction package is available for a reduced price and introductory workshops are scheduled periodically (or available by request).
Alexander Technique in
the Performing Arts
F.M. Alexander was a Shakespearean actor who originally developed the technique to improve his own breathing and coordination to solve persistent problems with his voice.
As word spread, he was increasingly sought out by actors, singers, musicians, and dancers who learned the Technique from him to improve their performance on stage, deal with stage fright, and address injuries.
It has since become a standard part of the core curriculum at major performing arts institutions like Juilliard, The New School for Drama, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. You can find a more comprehensive list here.
An annotated bibliography of selected studies involving the Alexander Technique can be found here. All were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or presented at conferences with peer-reviewed abstracts.
News and Media
- Video: Alexander Technique on ABC, Jan 2016
- The Alexander Technique can help you (literally) unwind, Harvard Health Publications, Nov 2015
- Video: Alexander Technique ‘Unteaches’ Bad Habits to Ease Pain. CBS News, May 2013
- The Alexander Technique: Balm for Back Pain? NPR interview, March 2011