Hilary is a certified member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, the world's oldest and largest professional body of Alexander Technique teachers.
During these Alexander lessons you are gently guided as you learn how to sit, stand and walk in a new way. You gain awareness, learn to move more freely, and improve your coordination and posture.
Gradually you learn how to apply these changes in everyday situations and to increasingly more complex activities. You gain a technique you can use throughout your life.
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are a process of exploration and discovery, with the teacher's hands and verbal instructions gently guiding pupils through activities such as sitting, standing and lying down, so that our habitual "misuse" may be recognised and stopped, "inhibited". In so doing, we become freed to choose new responses to situations. We also learn to give ourselves a set of instructions or 'directions' so that we move with more awareness and poise, often reducing pain and discomfort in the process.
As we progress in our understanding and application of the Alexander Technique, we can explore more complicated activities such as carrying things, using computers or playing musical instruments, gradually applying this learning to all aspects of our lives - even scrubbing our teeth! Many people improve their posture, co-ordination and performance as a result; they tend to feel happier in their bodies and increase their sense of well being.
You will feel more comfortable in loose clothing in lessons, as you move around and lie down. Please avoid hoods as these get in the way! You will be asked to take your shoes off.
I have provided a list of insurance companies that have been known to reimburse people for at least some of their Alexander Technique lessons in the UK.
Alexander Technique workshops and short courses on the Technique are available. However, because our patterns of 'misuse' are so personal to each of us, the main learning of the Alexander Technique needs to be through individual lessons.
Based in North London (N16), introductory lessons are 1 hour; subsequent lessons are 45mins long. It is helpful to start with two lessons a week if possible, then continuing with weekly lessons. A foundation course of twenty to thirty lessons is recommended. Most people enjoy their lessons!
There are a variety of transport links to the Newington Green area:
Tube: Highbury Corner; Manor House
Buses: 21, 73; 141; 236: 341; 393; 476
Car: There is a limited amount of street parking
Please note 2 days notice of cancellation is required. If I am able to reschedule the lesson within the week, I will be happy to do so. Otherwise, the lesson will have to be paid for.
Information and a register of qualified Alexander Teachers, who have undergone a recognised three-year training, may be obtained from STAT (the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique).
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