Q: WHY ARE YOU CALLED A TEACHER?
A: Alexander Technique (AT) is educational; it is not something we do to you, like a massage. Rather it is a technique that is taught so you can learn how to help yourself.
In AT we call them students: When studying AT you are learning an education system about how human bodies work and move. You are a student of your body, your mind, your environment and the relationship between. Learning to work and use your body without excessive effort, learning to use an instrument or tool with less pain from repetitive motion, so you can be more comfortable. You get to ask questions.
I am the teacher: I teach you about anatomy, help you understand movement, point out the relationships within yourself. Together, we relate the information to your situations and daily life. I give you this information so that you can leave my studio and integrate the teachings; movement, anatomy, mind and body relationships to your life. I answer your questions.
Q: HOW MANY LESSONS DO I NEED?
A: This varies from person to person. Generally, three to five lessons is a good amount to decide if Alexander Technique is a good fit and how to apply the teachings to your life and specific situations. A typical schedule for a new committed student who has a specific goal could be: spend at least 4 months (or around 6-8 lessons) coming frequently, and then go down to once or twice a month for a little bit, then taper off more. I see some students who have studied AT on and off for over twenty years, they return for fresh and in-depth lessons. I have new students who come once a week or every other week, some come once a month. If you are new to AT, it can be easy to forget what happened in the previous lesson, and you will need to re-learn, so return before you forget. Or, if that is not possible, I will remind you and then we will keep moving forward. If you are addressing pain or an injury, it is good to not push the amount of time between so long that you are back where you started- in pain and overwhelmed. You control the schedule. I might occasionally make recommendations according to how you are progressing, though the frequency will be your decision. My goal for every student is to build upon each lesson your awareness, understanding and ability to apply the information in your real life. What is your goal?
Do you have a question? kansas city alexander technique at gmail.com