As I’ve been teaching on Zoom since last March, prices are now fixed at £15 for 30 minutes and £25 for an hour. This is because, although it’s possible to give good-quality lessons on Zoom, you don’t get the same experience as you would with hands-on teaching. Also, the flexibility of space is more limited.
I teach at home above Gledhow Valley in a dedicated garden room, a short walk from Roundhay Park. There are frequent buses from the city centre and there is space on the street for parking.
What the Technique can do for you
Correcting Unhelpful Habits
We can become more aware of deep-rooted habits which often get in our way and make familiar activities awkward or unpleasant, even painful, eg.
- Using computers, mobile phones etc.
- Walking up and down stairs
- Painting and decorating
- Playing a musical instrument
All the above involve basic movements like bending, reaching, turning the torso.
Controlling and easing pain
There are ways to acknowledge pain and stress which make them easier to bear. This is brought about by allowing ourselves to become less tense in both body and mind. In many cases this can lead to experiencing less anxiety and muscular resistance even to the point where the pain, and stress which caused it, disappear.
Creating and maintaining a fluid posture
An important principal of the Alexander Technique is to maintain balance between body and mind. We can learn to put appropriate thought into standing, sitting, getting up and down from the floor, as well as walking and other kinds of movement. This improves the way we function, leading us to feel more whole and look better.
The Alexander Technique is in NICE guidelines ( National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) having run large randomised controlled trials for chronic low back pain and Parkinson’s Disease.