Individual Alexander Technique Lessons

Alexander Lessons in LondonHilary is a certified member of STAT, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, the world’s oldest and largest professional body of Alexander Technique teachers. She is also registered with CNHC, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

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Personal Lessons in Harringay, London N4

Online Lessons are now available 

“You are not here to do exercises or to learn to do something right, but to get able to meet a stimulus that always puts you wrong and to learn to deal with it.”
F.M. Alexander Aphorisms

During Alexander lessons you are gently guided as you learn how to sit, stand, walk and perform daily activities 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.  In so doing, you can reduce aches and pains, gain some inner calm and stress relief,  developing self-help skills you can use throughout your life.

About Alexander Technique Lessons

Traditional Alexander Technique lessons 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 unhelpful reactions and habits may be recognised and gradually stopped. 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.

Online Alexander lessons

With the onset of COVID-19, online lessons are now available using Zoom.

Free Lessons for NHS staff

I am also offering NHS staff six free lessons. Just contact me using an NHS email address. This offer is available until 1st September 2020.

“It is not getting in and out of chairs even under the best of conditions that is of any value: that is simply physical culture. It is what you have been doing in preparation that counts when it comes to making movements.”
F.M. Alexander, Aphorisms
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 research has shown that they can also increase their sense of well being.

You will feel more comfortable in loose clothing, as you will move around and lie down for part of the session. Please avoid hoods as these get in the way and if you are having an online lesson, it helps if you wear clothing that lets me see your body movements clearly. You will be asked to take your shoes off.

Occasional 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 is, ideally, through individual lessons.

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. Many self-employed people can claim AT lessons as a valid expense for Tax purposes.

Frequency of Lessons

Based in North London – Harringay, N4 as of mid-March 2020.  Introductory lessons are 1 hour; subsequent lessons are usually 45 minutes long but 30 minute lessons are also available, particularly for children. It is advisable to start with one or, even better, two lessons a week. Later, you can drop down to fortnightly then less regular lessons as you progress. A foundation course of about twenty lessons is recommended by STAT, so that we can gain an understanding of how to use the AT in our daily lives,and research has shown that it is possible to gain something useful out of just 6 lessons. Most people enjoy their lessons!

Please contact me to find out my address and my current fees structure. Online lessons have a  reduction of 20% on the normal fees.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for individual lessons, workshops and short courses. Please ask Hilary for details

Transport

There are a variety of transport links to the Harringay area:

Tube: Manor House
Buses: 29, 141; 341; W5
Overground: Harringay Green Lanes
Train: Harringay Station
Car:  Restricted street parking.

Cancellation Policy

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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