What happens at a lesson?

Person lying down on a table learning Alexander TechniqueDuring an Alexander Technique lesson, normally lasting 30 to 45 minutes, the teacher guides the pupil through basic movements such as sitting down, standing up and walking using a light touch and giving verbal instructions. This will help the pupil to find his or her natural balance and become aware of the normal patterns of how he or she reacts to stimuli in daily life and specifically of those patterns which interfere with efficient movement. During the lesson some 15 minutes are normally spent lying on the Alexander table in the so called “active resting position” (semi supine), whilst the teacher works on and with the pupil, encouraging a release of unnecessary tension which requires the pupil’s mental participation. Later more complicated activities, directly related to the pupil’s lifestyle, can be introduced.