One-to-one Alexander Technique lessons
One-to-one Alexander Technique lessons are available with Wendy Broad (MSTAT) at The Barbour Institute, High Street, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX, Cheshire.
How long do sessions last?
The initial consultation lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes and subsequent lessons for 1 hour.
Cost (from 21 June 2021):
Pay-as-you-go: individual sessions and initial consultation: £60
Pay for a block of 4 sessions: taken over a 2 month period: £200
All sessions to be paid for by on-line banking 48 hours before the session starts, thanks.
What happens in a one-to-one lesson?
At your first appointment, I will take your personal details and a brief medical history as well as noting any areas of pain and discomfort. I will explore what you hope to gain from the lessons, provide some background information and answer any queries. Each session is tailored to your individual needs. All sessions are completely confidential and all records are kept according to data protection legislation.
Alexander Technique in practice
During the lesson, I will use explanation and guide you with light, gentle hands to help you to learn how to restore natural balance, poise and ease of movement without using undue force or effort. There is no muscle manipulation or therapeutic treatment.
I help you learn to recognise automatic patterns of movement which can lead to pain, strain and muscular tension and show you how to pause, so you can learn to use your body in a different way. You learn how to let go of unhelpful patterns of tension and discover new ways of moving, walking, sitting and standing. You can start to feel lighter, your joints can feel more mobile and your movement can become more fluid. You can learn how to release unwanted tension in your neck, back, shoulders and hips and in time restore natural balance, poise and ease.
Semi-supine (Active rest)
If it’s comfortable for you, you’ll spend some time lying on your back in semi-supine, with your knees pointing upwards and your head raised on a book or foam block, so that you can become aware of and learn to release unhelpful patterns of tension in your body without the demands of movement. Lying down in this position helps your head, neck and back to align naturally without any effort and allows your spine to lengthen and follow its natural curves. Practising semi-supine every day can transform your posture.
What do you wear?
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow freedom of movement. Loose or stretchy trousers are preferable.