What conditions can be improved by using the Alexander Technique?
The Technique can help with lower back pain, neck and joint pain, tension, stress, anxiety, headaches and migraine, repetitive strain injury and irritable bowel syndrome. It can also aid recovery from surgery or an injury.

Is the Alexander Technique a therapy or form of medical treatment?
Whilst teachers of the Technique undergo rigorous training and testing, they are unable to make a medical diagnosis neither are they to be considered as therapists. They are more like re-educationalists, teaching people to observe the way they are moving, reacting and holding themselves and guiding them to re-learn how to do those things in a way that will make a considerable difference to their lives.

Does the Technique involve massage?
No massage is involved. Whilst the Technique is a hands-on process, Alexander Technique teachers do not work in the same way as physiotherapists or osteopaths.

Is it a form of exercise?
No. The Alexander Technique is an educational self-help process; no exercises are involved although when used alongside Pilates or Yoga the benefits of these exercise techniques can be enhanced.

Who was Alexander?
Frederick Matthias Alexander was an Australian theatrical orator whose career was threatened when he lost his voice every time he performed. Through close self observation he noticed that the functioning of his voice depended on his posture and he found that correcting his posture allowed him to avoid tension during a performance and so his voice returned. Alexander went on to develop his technique and set up a teacher training school in London before his death in 1955 at the age of 86.

Do Alexander Technique teachers have to train and qualify?
Yes. All teachers must train for three years with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and are to required to reach a certain standard in order to qualify. Members are moderated and approved by the S.T.A.T council and required to adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct.

What is the cost and duration of a lesson?
The first introductory lesson will last for 40 minutes and is charged at £18. Further lessons last around one hour and prices start from £25, or £20 for concessions.

How many lessons will I need?
The number of lessons you need depends on your particular situation. Whilst just a small number of lessons can prove beneficial, a series is recommended so that improvement is on-going.

Can two people attend a lesson at the same time?
No. Each one to one lesson is specifically tailored to each person, which is why Alexander Technique classes do not work. Each student receives the undivided attention of the teacher for the full length of the lesson.

Is there an age limit?
There is no upper age limit. The Technique is suitable for children over the age of eight years.

Do I have to wear anything in particular?
No special clothing is required but it is best to wear something loose and comfortable so that movement is unrestricted.

Where are the lessons held?
Carla Radford teaches the Alexander Technique at her home in Warren Drive, Elm Park.

I work full time; can I take lessons in the evening or at weekends?
Carla caters for full time workers by offering lessons on most evenings and Saturday mornings.

How long has Carla been teaching the Alexander Technique?
Carla qualified with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique in 2005.

"I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you."
John Cleese, Actor

Case Studies
"One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain"
British Medical Journal, August 2008
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