You may have heard of it, know someone who has tried it, been told you need it, or you might just be here through pure chance. Whichever it is, it's worth a moment of your time - The AT is a unique approach to health that allows unneeded body tensions to release gently and permanently, simply by showing you how to make different, subtle, choices.
Alexander Technique Lessons in Oxford, I teach from my home studio in Jericho - if I'm not near to you, give me a call and I will help you find a teacher who is closer. The AT in Oxford is well established with more teachers per capita than anywhere else in the UK.
In an Alexander Technique lesson mind and body are regarded as a whole - instead of referring to one or the other, Alexander teachers talk a great deal about the whole Self; and the technique as a method of understanding thought and movement as a single process.
The Alexander Technique has been known to provide a path out of a multitude of ailments. As it is a technique for the general improved use of the whole self, it naturally leads into general improved functioning in all areas. Every localised ailment is seen to be simply the focus of point of a larger systemic misuse of the whole self.
Back pain is the most common reason people turn to the Alexander Technique. This is perhaps because students of the technique all appear to know how to stand well, and amongst the many other problems that the technique has been known to help, back pain is a big one. It is not surprising that the first fully controlled trial on the Alexander Technique involved its effectiveness in helping chronic back pain and it is now becoming increasingly available on the NHS as a result.
Freedom from excess tension leads to peak efficiency in both thought and movement, and all forms of performance, in both sport and the creative arts, can benefit from the technique. Movement in its purest form requires that thought and motion work as a unity, while unwanted tension will tend to divide this process.
Sports men and women at the top of their league have known about the Alexander Technique for years. Repetitive Strain Injury, muscle fatigue, recuperation are just one side of the coin, the technique can also help a sports person how to move with maximum effectiveness and efficiency - decreasing the likelihood of future problems.
Come in comfortable or casual clothing, trousers, comfortable leggings. Most lessons involve a session lying down followed by a series of gentle and guided movements - nothing too strenuous is required. The lesson takes approximately 45 minutes.
Kevin Wooding trained with Elisabeth Walker, finishing in 1998. He teaches privately at his studio in Jericho, Oxford and also in London near Richmond. Coming from a performing background in Classical and Jazz piano, he found the Alexander Technique a vital tool in bringing maximum efficiency and expressiveness to performance - but originally came to the technique due to a persistent knee injury.
Frederick Matthias Alexander was born about as far from civilisation as it is possible to be: the remotest part of Tasmania, which is the remotest part of Australia, which in 1868 was about the remotest part of the British Empire. That the technique should appear to have such unlikely beginnings is perhaps the reason it is so different from what people expect...