How can Alexander Technique instructor help you?
Your Alexander Technique instructor observes you doing simple actions, such as sitting, standing or walking. Using a mirror, s/he helps you see and sense how your movement style relates to your problem. There are two aspects to an Alexander lesson:
• Table work - While you lie clothed on a bodywork table and settle into restful state, the instructor gently moves your head and limbs, encouraging expansion. S/he guides you with a unique, informative touch that does not intrude or manipulate, but suggests soothing release and an enlivened kinesthetic sense.
• Guidance during activity - While you perform ordinary movements, the instructor gives you verbal, visual and conceptual cues to help you sit, stand, walk or reach more comfortably. You consider activities you would like to enhance, such as public speaking, lifting and carrying, computer work, practicing yoga or a martial art, playing your favorite sport or even sleeping comfortably. Performers can choose to work on a monologue, an aria or a dance movement. If you would like to refine a specialized activity - such as how you swing a tennis racket, lift a child or play an instrument - the instructor can help you reduce compression and increase overall physical support as you do it.
Your Alexander Technique instructor also offers personally tailored instruction with a unique hands-on approach, helping you see what in your individual movement style contributes to your recurring problem. As he or she helps you to release muscular tension and restore your body's original poise, you learn to sit, stand and move with safety, balance and ease. Your instructor can point out the source of your problem. With anatomical pictures s/he helps you to better understand the body's functioning. S/he considers your entire body — not just segments — and looks at you as the dynamic creature you are.