the Re-Education

the Experience

Modern Alexander Lessons are fifty minutes in length  and generally are taken as a thirty-lesson course.  Although a group format is sometimes used, individual  lessons are ideal, allowing learning to occur at your  own pace. The initial focus is twofold: to discover how you move  as you perform the tasks related to your everyday life  and to help you achieve awareness of the components  of those movements. For one person, the movements  may involve working at a computer; for another, the  movements might be posture and breathing while  singing.

the Evaluation

As a precursor to the educational process, the teacher  observes the posture and movement patterns of the  student. In addition to the visual examination, the  teacher will place his or her hands on the neck, back,  and shoulder areas in order to assess muscle tension  and breathing patterns. Assessment may involve asking  the student to move around or perform simple tasks,  like sitting, bending, or walking. If the student is a  musician, the body position is observed while  performing. The teacher's eyes and hands gather  information that will determine the content of the  lessons.

the Lesson

Once the assessment is completed, the teacher  provides the student, who remains comfortably clothed,  with verbal instruction and physical guidance, using the  hands in a nonintrusive way to coax muscles into better  alignment. No movements are forced, and no pain is  involved. Concentration and a desire to change are  required by the student, whose task it is to release the  body and respond to the teacher's verbal and manual  instructions. Awareness of movement habits requires using the mind  to study what the body has been doing habitually. The  next step is actualizing the ability to change ways of  moving and responding. The teacher helps the student  achieve an awareness of this. Once awareness is  achieved, work begins towards the goal of learning how  to consciously control movement and making it work for  you. As part of the process, the teacher guides practice  in the activities that are a part of your life. For example,  if you work on a computer many hours of the day, the  teacher will guide those movements with a gentle  touch. If you are a dentist or in another profession that  requires leaning over for prolonged periods, the teacher  observes and guides you in those positions. Your task  as the student is to examine your posture and  movement patterns while performing the actual activity,  inhibit the conditioned patterns of movement that have  led to your physical difficulties, and consciously practice  more natural ways of using your body. 
Alexander Technique
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with Joseph R. Lee