Why have Lessons?

Lessons in the Alexander Technique offer us the chance to become aware of our habitual reactions and unhelpful patterns of body tension in everything we do. With our busy and stressful lifestyles, we rarely give ourselves the time to stop and think about whether we are using ourselves in the most efficient and natural way.

An excessive amount of muscular tension is present in the simplest of movements and we unknowingly throw ourselves out of balance, which in turn affects our energy levels and increases the wear and tear on our bodies. Pain and stress may occur and in some cases, lead to surgical intervention. By learning the Alexander Technique, we can re-educate ourselves and regain the effortless freedom, poise and co-ordination that we have as children.

There are many reasons why people learn this technique.

These include:

  • Improving posture
  • Reducing/preventing back pain
  • Wanting to improve a specific skill such as sport, playing an instrument, public speaking
  • To feel calmer, more grounded and confident

As a dancer and yoga practitioner I was looking to improve posture, coordination and balance, as well as use my body more efficiently within my dancing life and daily life.

After seven months of studying the Technique through Cathie’s teaching, I have developed a better understanding of my body’s habits and how I can inhibit these habits to get out of my own way. I have noticed an improvement in my balance and coordination, as well as a freedom within my movement not only in dance and yoga, but in daily life as well.

When I finish a lesson with Cathie, I feel taller, regain my peripheral vision and become grounded, which is often completely opposite from how I feel when entering the lesson.

Samantha, Professional Dancer & Yoga Teacher

What to Expect

Lessons usually last for around 40 minutes and are given on a one-to-one basis. Pupils are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing and to remove their shoes. Cathie uses her hands and verbal instructions to guide the pupil to a better co-ordination of the neck, head and back, whilst standing or in movement, such as sitting down.

Cathie teaching

The pupil will be encouraged to develop an awareness of themselves and their habitual tendencies, which will also allow them to release unnecessary muscular effort. More specific activities can also be explored, depending on the pupil’s needs. These can include bending, walking, writing, carrying an item, playing an instrument etc.

  • Lesson charge £40

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