alexander technique brighton hove photo album

What does an Alexander Technique lesson look like? Alexander Technique teachers tend to work from the core of the body -- neck, head and back - out towards the extremities ie the arms and legs. The major muscles that move the limbs, however, have their origins in the torso. Changing the relationship between neck, head and back  automatically influences the movement of the arms and legs. The converse is also true - working with the arms and legs will reinforce release and expansion through the neck, head and back.

"Allow your neck to be free"

Brighton & Hove Alexander Technique Hand on Neck

"Allow your neck to be free in such a way that your head can go forwards & upwards"

Hand on head. Brighton & Hove Islington Alexander Technique

"Allow your neck to be free & your head to go forwards & upwards so that your back can lengthen & widen"

Hands on the back. Brighton Hove Islington Alexander Technique

In practice most Alexander Technique teachers do not recite these directions parrot-fashion. The words and language tend to be naturalistic and tailored to fit the individual.

Arms & Legs- Although there are specific directions for the arms & legs often the teacher will ask the pupil to continue focussing on their neck, head and back relationship as they work with the arms and the legs.

Alexander Technique Brighton Hove London Islington. Taking arms during table work.JPG”

Legs

Alexander Technique Brighton Hove london Islington__Taking arms during table work

Chair-work

Alexander Technique Brighton, Hove & London chair work

It isn't just about moving in and out of a chair. It's a convenient way of learning to move easily and efficiently. A convenient method that can be transferred into all sorts of everyday movements and activities. It's a great method of learning to suspend habitual muscular and even emotional responses.

Alexander Technique Brighton & Hove - Helping pupil with bending. Also known as “Monkey”. Alexander Technique Brighton & Hove. The deep squat.

It's difficult to really capture the living, dynamic quality of an Alexander Technique lesson on a photograph. Young children often embody that Alexander quality unconsciously. Here is a photo of one of my daughters quite literally going forwards and upwards several years ago!

Whee!