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Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs:

1 Who could benefit from the study of the Technique?
2. What happens during an Alexander Technique lesson?
3. How should I dress for a lesson?
4. In learning the Alexander Technique, will I acquire even MORE activities in my already busy schedule?

5. How is the Alexander Technique different from bodywork?
6. Would group lessons or individual lessons be best for me?
7. What do lessons cost?
8. How many lessons do I need?


1. Who could benefit from the study of the Technique?
  • people with chronic pain or discomfort
    • backaches
    • headaches
    • tense shoulders and neck
    • pain in arm and leg joints
    • tendonitis
    • TMJ (jaw) pain
    • fibromyalgia
    • RSI (repetitive stress injury) including carpal tunnel

  • computer users
  • people rehabilitating from injury
  • people coping with stress or anxiety, including performance anxiety
  • people interested in moving to the next level of mastery of whatever engages their passion:
    • music
    • dance
    • drama
    • public speaking
    • athletics
    • fitness activities
    • equestrian activities
    • visual arts

  • people with speech or breathing disorders
  • people with poor posture or self-image
  • pregnant women who want to maintain balance and strength
  • people with a lively curiosity about themselves and their relationship to All That Is
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2. What happens during an Alexander Technique lesson?

Through touch and verbal instruction, the teacher guides the students to discover ways they are interfering with their natural coordination. By bringing certain habits to consciousness, students are given the opportunity to choose whether or not to continue them. Because the responsibility of choice and change is left to the students, this is an educative process, not a medical one.

The touch of the teacher is gentle, non-manipulative, non-invasive. It guides the student by communicating the way the teacher is attending to herself, and this direct linkage makes the learning quicker than using words alone.

Activities usually center first on the simplest daily ones (sitting, standing, walking) and then progress to more complex ones such as those required for the student’s work or play.

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3. How should I dress for a lesson?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

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4. In learning the Alexander Technique, will I acquire even MORE activities in my already busy schedule?


Not necessarily. The Alexander Technique is not concerned with WHAT you do as much as HOW you do it. You can practice the Technique while you are doing your other activities. Indeed, applying Alexander’s principles to your thinking while in activity IS the Alexander Technique (“doing the work,” as we say in Alexander Technique circles).

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5. How is the Alexander Technique different from bodywork?

Most forms of bodywork — massage, Rolfing, chiropractic, for example — are performed on a relatively passive client. There is direct manipulation of tissues and bones which is, in effect, the treatment.

In contrast, an Alexander teacher’s use of hands is meant to communicate an experience of ease and freedom that is part of our natural coordination, and which, with time and practice, students can experience on their own. Thus students are given the opportunity to let this natural coordination operate while engaging in all their activities, not just specialized ones.

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6. Would group lessons or individual lessons be best for me?


Beginning students in particular may benefit from group lessons, which usually involve two to six in a group. The group process provides support and encouragement from peers as well as from the teacher. Also, you learn by observing others learn, since your ability to empathize kinesthetically is enhanced by practicing the Technique. Group lessons are usually less expensive.

Individual lessons allow the teacher to address your particular needs to a depth not always possible when the teacher’s time is shared by others. Ideally, a combination of group and individual lessons would probably serve you best, but if that is not possible, choose according to your inclination.

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7. What do lessons cost?


A current rate schedule which gives various packages and discounts as well as basic rates is available by contacting me.

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8. How many lessons do I need?

10 is an accepted minimum. Alexander himself considered 30 lessons to be a “course,” but this varies from person to person and depends upon how diligently you practice the thinking/moving process. Because this is a lifetime practice, often students will take sufficient lessons to practice well on their own and then come back periodically for “refresher” lessons.

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Sally Ahner
Nashville, Tennessee

sally@SallyAhner.com

615.397.7488
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