One-to-one Alexander Technique lessons
One-to-one Alexander Technique lessons are available with Wendy Broad (MSTAT, CNHC) in Middlewich, Cheshire. My usual practice room is upstairs.
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.
Horse-riders can have a lesson while sitting on a saddle on a wooden horse to help them discover and modify automatic patterns of tension which could interfere with their riding. You can learn how to release unwanted tension in your neck, back, shoulders and hips to restore natural balance, poise and ease, while riding. You learn how to refine your mind-body awareness, enabling you to develop a more responsive and connected partnership with your horse.
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.