Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How does AT relate to Chiropractic and Osteopathy?
    Chiropractic and Osteopathy are very useful tools for rapid relief to enable you to regain functionality.  The analogy has been made that a Chiropractor or Osteopath help fix what is wrong structurally like a car mechanic and an Alexander Technique teacher is more like a driving instructor facilitating your awareness of the habitual tensions which create so many of the musculo-skeletal ills of modern life. You can use AT alongside your Chiropractic/Osteopathic treatment plan to increase the rate of your healing post-injury or surgery and take ownership of your journey. When Chiropractic/Osteopathic treatment is complete AT will continue giving you the tools to prevent recurrent injury and heal further from damage.
  • What should I wear?
    Please wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows joint movement.  You will need to remove your shoes.
  • Via any format of AT lesson
    You will learn to observe yourself in action and notice excess habitual tensions.  As your awareness grows you will learn to prevent unnecessary tension in action, or to release it as it appears, discovering a new lightness and ease.
  • In a socially distanced walking lesson?
    We will use activities such as walking, standing and bending.
  • Is AT compatible with Physiotherapy?
    Pupils frequently bring their physiotherapy exercises to the AT lesson and I encourage them to keep up the daily discipline.  Together we consider how the pupil can stay whole in their attention without interfering with the integration of the Head-Neck-Back relationship whilst they perform their exercises.  Exercises are thus performed more effectively.
  • Is AT like Pilates or Yoga?
    AT is not a series of exercises or postures but an ordered process of embodied awareness which you can apply AT to your Pilates or Yoga with great benefit.
  • How many lessons will I need?
    10 weekly lessons offer a basic understanding of the process and gives you some self care principles to apply. 20-30 lessons many pupils find improved consistency in their application of AT to their daily lives. As with any skill, you can take the AT to whatever level you choose. Each individual’s journey is different and your own habits, neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal set up, and mindset will set the pace.
  • Online?
    Guided self-observation and both verbal and neuro-muscular mirroring are an effective form of feedback.
  • What happens in an In-Person lesson?
    The teacher will use gentle touch and words to guide you into a new awareness of balance and poise within familiar movements and positions, such as sitting, standing, bending and lying down.
  • How do Mindfulness and AT relate?
    Mindfulness is at the heart of AT.  AT brings an extra level of neuro-muscular awareness into every moment in activity.  AT has been called Embodied Mindfulness or Mindfulness in Activity.  Your daily meditational sitting practice will feed your AT and vice versa.

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