Alexander work helps people develop skills for life – how to be at ease in your body and mind, how to coordinate yourself and how to perform as well as you can. It helps you approach difficulties and learning in a new way and make decisions from a place of calm.
Teenagers, especially, have lots to cope with – growing bodies, emotions, pressure of school and exams and the ‘busyness’ of everyday life. Too often, young people are exercising their minds and bodies, learning academic subjects and playing sports, without anything offering them the chance to integrate mind and body. Stress, pain, injury or an under-confident feeling of ‘not quite being themselves’ often results.
"Exam success is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for being an educated human being. This is because human beings are not machines but flesh and blood, with capacious minds, with bodies, with emotions, and with a soul."
Dr Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and previously headmaster of Wellington College.
"In this particular school we’re dealing with thirteen to eighteen year-olds. It’s such a crucial time as they’re forming the patterns that they’re going to take through the rest of their lives, so for me it [the Alexander Technique] is not important; it’s crucial."
Stephen Williams, Director of Music, Bryanston School
Alexander work offers teenagers an approach to look after themselves and find resilience and joy from moment to moment.
"I think Alexander helps you improve your confidence as you feel relaxed and a lot less stressed after each lesson. It also lets you notice habits that you do which helps you to stay focused and relaxed which is useful throughout the day and when playing your instrument
"Alexander Technique lets me stop and think and notice what I am doing and if what I am doing is unnecessary to put myself right (by balancing). I can ‘think up’ and get rid of butterflies! (nerves)"
"Body Confidence (from our Alexander lessons) is knowing how to look after my body and mind and seeing and feeling the benefits of that."
"I can physically, mentally and emotionally feel a difference - I can allow myself to not be tense anymore. Now I am free!"
All the Alexander teachers that have completed the specialised Developing Self Post Graduate Education training course are professionally qualified. All the UK teachers have DBS checks and are insured to work on a one-to-one basis as well as in groups.
Qualified Alexander teachers can work with pupils and teachers in the school in different ways. An Alexander teacher can visit the school to provide a specialist one-day workshop, or can support children with sessions incorporated into the life of the school.
For pupils there are various options:
"In today’s society when everything is so hurried and so rushed, there is more understanding these days that to be mindful in the way that we do things is extremely important."
Catherine Fleming, Alexander Technique teacher at Eton School
All Alexander sessions are:
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