The AT is a practical method for changing the way in which you use yourself in everyday activities. It works by helping you to identify and prevent the harmful postural and movement habits that aggravate, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance. It teaches you how to approach movement with more awareness and skill.
With increased awareness you can be poised without stiffness, move gracefully and powerfully with less effort, be alert and focused with less strain, breathe and speak more easily and freely and be calm and confident.
Major clinical trials have shown that that a course of lessons in the Alexander Technique can lead to impressive long- term benefits for people with chronic low back pain and neck pain. For example, a large randomised study published in the British Medical Journal found that in the average person with chronic back pain, just 6 lessons halves the days of pain, even a year after completing the lessons, and 24 lessons reduces the days of pain by 86%. Other studies have shown many other health benefits from lessons.
Lessons in the AT are usually given on a one-to-one basis. Groups can provide a useful introduction to the Technique, and can be very helpful, but they are not a substitute for individual lessons.
The AT involves no specific exercises, requires no special clothing or equipment, can be practised wherever you are and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Further Information...
What will happen on the course?
The course will consist of an introduction to the principles and the practice of the AT. Through explanation, demonstration and individual experience you will be guided to an understanding of the theory and the method of the AT.
As part of the course you will also be offered some individual attention to help you to discover how you usually (habitually) go about your everyday activities and you will be assisted to discover how you could improve these patterns of movement. The tutor hopes to be assisted during some or all of the course by other qualified teachers, depending on their availability.
Although there is a practical component to the course, this will not be physically demanding and the course is suitable for people at any level of fitness. Please feel free to contact the tutor if you have any further questions.
About the tutor: Peter Bloch lives and works in Wilmslow and has been teaching the AT for 30 years. Since 1993 he has taught more than 40 courses at the Wilmslow Guild.