- What happens in a lesson?
- Do I need to wear anything special or bring anything special to classes?
- Do you teach individuals or groups?
- How many lessons do I need and how frequently?
- Where do you teach?
- What is the Alexander Technique?
- Why do people do the Alexander Technique?
What happens in a lesson?
I will work with your ideas about movement through discussion and your movements using gentle hand contact.
You choose your own movement activities – from the everyday, such as walking, speaking, sitting, standing, to the more specialised, such as sports or playing a musical instrument.
Do I need to wear anything special or bring anything special to classes?
There’s no need to wear anything specific and there will be no need to undress.
You’re welcome to bring a musical instrument or other item if you want to work on an activity which uses it.
Do you teach individuals or groups?
I teach both individuals and groups for ad-hoc classes and courses.
How many lessons do I need and how frequently?
It really depends on your goals.
Many people start off out of curiosity or to solve a particular issue and then they get fascinated and want to continue. In an introductory session we will discuss your particular needs and desires.
I also like to work on a set-duration course basis with continuing students so that we have regular review points, though the course duration can be agreed between us.
Where do you teach?
Most of my private classes are held at Neal’s Yard Remedies on Hanover Street in central Edinburgh.
I run a meetup group for the Alexander Technique in Edinburgh which you can join here.
I teach an ongoing class for the Edinburgh Adult Education service and assist David of http://www.thinkinactivity.co.uk with introductory workshops for the Adult Education service.
I also teach acting students at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts.
What is the Alexander Technique?
This is a deeper topic than it would seem from a simple starting question. I can point you to some places to explore – first the origins of the work, second a summary from my trainer and third a detailed exploration by a colleague. You can find these on the page About the Alexander Technique.
Why do people do the Alexander Technique?
Often it is because they are experiencing lower performance, pain or discomfort as a result of the way they are moving and thinking and they are looking for something to change.
They want to do things more easily, with less stress and strain – and actually with enjoyment.
- Playing a musical instrument better and without pain.
- Typing at a computer without pain and tension around the shoulders and wrists.
- Playing sport more effectively. Getting quicker and better results in the gym.
- Drawing and painting with greater accuracy and ease.
- Performing without anxiety or stage fright.