The Alexander Technique
Created by FM Alexander in the early 20th century, the Alexander Technique is now recognized worldwide as an educational process of improving coordination. Students discover the tools for unlearning poor habits of movement, restoring organic balance, ease and grace to everything that they do. There are YouTube videos and TED talks about the Alexander Technique online, but the Alexander Technique needs to be experienced firsthand to be fully understood. Marieke is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher with Alexander Technique International (ATI).
During a lesson, Marieke will be observing your posture and movement patterns. She will also supplement the visual information in a very important way by using her hands, gently placing them on your neck, shoulders, back and so on. She is using her hands in order to get more refined information about your patterns of breathing and moving, and to guide you towards new movement pattern.
1. How should I dress? Comfortable clothing that allows for movement, and shoes that are easily removable, are suggested - Alexander work sometimes takes place on the floor on a mat or includes moving around the room.
2. Can I take a lesson if I have physical disabilities? A lesson is a gentle process and is not physically demanding. It is a process of allowing the student to release tension and harmful habits - at the student's pace. Lessons are possible for people who have physical restrictions.
3. How long is a lesson? An Alexander Technique lesson usually lasts about 45 minutes. It will probably take a few lessons for you and Marieke to get an idea of how quickly you will make progress. In the beginning, it is helpful to have lessons more frequently (perhaps one to three times a week) then pacing the lessons out more. The majority of students come for twenty to thirty lessons and then come back periodically for refresher lessons.
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