Many of us unwittingly interfere with our delicate mechanisms of balance, posture and coordinated movement. The Alexander Technique provides us with a means of avoiding this interference, and thus the problems they can give rise to. Learning the Alexander Technique allows us to carry out any activity more efficiently achieving better results with less effort, furthermore, without injuring ourselves.
The Technique is something you learn and put into practice in order to enjoy its benefits. This is not to say that putting the Technique into practice does not have therapeutic effects, only that it is something that requires our active participation.
The Alexander Technique can also facilitate both the learning of new activities and the relearning familiar ones, with a minimum of frustration.
Due to the general nature of the Technique, people may seek classes for a number of reasons:
- Chronic or recurring pain
- Balance or movement problems
- Stress or nerves
- Improve performance of specific skills such as playing a musical instrument, sports, etc
- Health education
The Alexander Technique is a practical skill which one learns through a series of individual lessons. Although group sessions can serve as a good introduction, individual sessions are necessary to obtain a full practical understanding of the work.
You can find more information about private lessons here.
Sydney City Alexander Technique offers a 1600 hour training course to be completed over a minimum of three years. The course operates under the aegis of Alexander Technique Education (ATE), an Australian association of teachers which emphasises the Educational nature of the Technique.
You can find more information about the training course here.