FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Alexander Technique?
It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, flexibility and co-ordination.

How do I know if the AT will help me?
I suggest that a person with no experience of the AT comes for an introductory lesson or workshop. Usually after that experience it will be apparent if the AT is appropriate for them.

How long does a lesson last?
A lesson lasts 40 minutes.

What happens in a lesson?
The AT teacher will use a combination of very gentle hands-on guidance and verbal instruction to give the pupil an experience of moving and performing activities in a different way. back to top

What should I wear?
Wear, warm loose clothing like a tracksuit. Layers are best - definitely not anything tight.

How much does it cost?
Fees for individual lessons vary from teacher to teacher. Some teachers can offer concessionary rates. Group classes and workshops are usually run by organisations like Adult Education departments and these set their own rates.

Can anyone learn AT?
Yes, provided they are motivated to change. But it is not a quick fix, so expect progress to be gradual.


What is the difference between group and individual lessons?
Group classes are an inexpensive way of finding out about the AT. Later on it is a way of maintaining one's contact with the AT and of learning about and observing other people and their experiences. However, if you have a chronic condition or are in a lot of pain or have a very specific interest such as playing an instrument or acting, it would make sense to have individual lessons. back to top

How many lessons will I need to have?
It depends on why you have come. Plan to have at least between 8 and 10 lessons over a three-month period as an introduction. If you have a chronic problem or want to apply it to a specific activity you will need more lessons, in which case plan to have between twenty and thirty.

Can I learn it from a book?
Most AT teachers and authors would say no. As with other skills you may as well need to practise under supervision and over a period of time because you are learning something unfamiliar.

Will I be given exercises to do?
Not as such - instead you will learn to apply the principles of AT to any activity you do.

Does the AT improve your posture?
Alexander teachers don't claim to improve your posture directly, although it may improve as a side effect. The alignment and balance of the body is corrected as the functioning of the individual improves.

Where can I learn it?
Look up the ISATT, STAT or ATI teaching lists for qualified teachers. As well as giving individual lessons, they may also know of group classes or workshops. back to top