The Alexander Technique seems complicated from the reading I’ve done; is it hard to learn?
Actually, it’s easy to learn because the body wants efficiency. The lessons are structured to reprogram your understanding of yourself and the way you move on a deeper level than conscious thought. You get to let your body’s deepest intelligence work for you without “trying hard.”
How many lessons will I need?
There are no hard and fast rules, although it is suggested that it takes 16-20 lessons to learn the technique well enough to be able to apply it on one’s own. However, some take fewer lessons and some take more.
Will I have to do exercises like I do in physical therapy?
You do not do exercises for the most part. Rather, you are taught the tools of self-observation in your everyday activities so what you “do” becomes an opportunity to reflect and assess the possibility of less effort. On occasion, some slow, repetitive movements (similar to Feldenkrais exercises) might be recommended.
Why is the work so gentle and how can that be effective?
The work is gentle because force doesn’t always help. The body has multiple defenses, especially if there has been trauma, and pushing on those defenses can often create more defenses. Alexander work deals with nerve endings and information stored in fascia and muscle fibers. Thus, it does not rely on manipulation.
Are there any age limitations?
No. As long as individuals can sit down and stand up without help, they are eligible to be students. Motivated teenagers are welcome, as are octogenarians.
Does insurance cover the lessons?
Unfortunately, no. These are out-of-pocket expenses because they are considered educational in nature. However, those who have Health Savings Accounts can use those funds to reimburse payment. In addition, sometimes insurance will cover lessons in the case of an accident, with a doctor’s recommendation.
What should I wear to a lesson?
Loose, comfortable clothing is best. Women wearing skirts may want to bring a extra pair of leggings along. Jeans are fine as long as they are on the baggy side.
Is your office handicap accessible?
No, it is not. I see people at my home who cannot climb stairs at at the downtown office. There are two steps there which are easy to manage.