Alexander Technique helps you find an easier way of using your body.
This can lead to:
- Greater ability to cope with stress
- Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
What Happens in a Lesson?
Lessons are quite a revelation. There is no pressure to try hard to succeed. In fact it is the opposite, with the focus being on learning to respond to any situation with less effort and tension.
Simple everyday situations like sitting, standing, and lying down are used to bring your fundamental habits to your awareness. Then begins the process of slowly undoing the layers of habit, and allowing you to return to a more natural, easier way of using your body. The teacher uses a combination of gentle manual guidance and expert observation to enable you to begin the process of re-educating your body-use.
After you become more aware and more able to apply your newly improved body-use in the lessons, you are gradually encouraged to transfer these skills to your daily activities and become more poised, balanced and co-ordinated in the challenges of daily life.
For me the Alexander Technique was the solution to years of back pain and insomnia. After a lesson with Rosalie I would walk out feeling six inches taller."
Carolyn Bonnyman, Actress and Writer
Who can it help?
Alexander Technique has been known to help with the following conditions:
Back pain Neck painShoulder tensionHeadaches and migraineStress and anxietyBreathing disordersOsteoarthritisSpondylosisRSIMEKeeping balance and awareness of your changing body in pregnancy
"I found lessons with Rosalie an extraordinarily effective way of relieving stress and not just everyday stress, but chronic stress that had built up over a long period of time."
David Thompson, Met Office Research Scientist
About FM Alexander
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) developed his technique from his experience as a young actor with a persistent voice problem: a tendency to lose his voice in performance. Unable to gain any real help from doctors, he decided to take matters into his own hands and began a long period of self-study and experimentation.He gradually became aware of the habitual way he used his body he went to speak: tightening his neck, throwing his head back, and, as he put it, 'shortening in stature'. This habit was creating acute pressure on his larynx and causing his loss of voice.With time and practice Alexander evolved a practical method to freeing himself of this habit - a method which centered around maintaining optimum balance between the head, the neck, and the back.He eventually recovered full command of his voice, as well as a markedly improved general level of health. Alexander returned successfully to the stage, before deciding to devote the rest of his life to teaching his technique to others.
Where should I start?
Call Rosalie on 07983 639452 for a free 15 minute consultation or if you are ready to begin, book a full 60 minute consultation where Rosalie will take your full case history and give you your first 'lesson' and hands-on experience of the Alexander Technique. Although one can feel lighter, freer and better co-ordinated after just a few session, a full course of 20 to 30 sessions is advised to help undo habits that have developed over a long period of time.
"The sessions we had were some of the most relaxing hours of my life." Katie Smart, mother and psychic healer