Alexander Technique courses for life
The next course will be held in the autumn. Please enquire if you’re interested.
The aim of this half-day workshop is to introduce the Alexander Technique – a practical method of self-help in which we learn how to look after ourselves better in daily life. A large proportion of the aches and pains, lack of flexibility, stress and tiredness that we experience are actually due to our everyday habits of sitting, standing, moving and living in the modern world. With the Technique you gradually learn to function more efficiently, move with less effort, actively engage with life rather than just react to it, and find a renewed sense of ease and calm.
Using a mixture of discussion and practical work (group, pair and individual), we will explore how we go about our daily activities and how we can make life easier for ourselves by using the Alexander Technique. Everyone will have the opportunity to try out ‘active rest’ – a restorative activity involving a particular way of lying-down which encourages the release of excess muscle tension and stress. The aim of the day is to be fun as well as being informative.
What do I need to wear and bring?
Do wear your usual clothes – though comfortable trousers will be preferable to a skirt.
Please bring a mat (this can be a yoga or camping mat, or just a thick blanket), a warm blanket (to cover yourself with if you feel cold) and 4-5 standard paperback books (these are for resting your head on while lying down). If you are likely to have difficulty getting to the floor, we can look at different ways of sitting instead.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for adults with all levels of physical fitness and of all ages. There is no physical exercise, but there will be some gentle, slow movement. Also we will be looking at typical daily activities such as sitting, standing, bending and walking – all activities are optional. Participants only need to take part in those activities that they feel comfortable doing.