The Alexander Technique:
helps you change the way you think and respond to your environment and restores balance in the way you use yourself
is a simple and practical method which helps you to move and use your mind and body with freedom and ease
What conditions can it help?
- Back and neck pain
- Knee/hip or joint problems such as arthritis
- Conditions such as RSI (repetitive strain injury)
- Asthma/breathing problems
- Stress or the inability to relax
- Performance / co-ordination skills
How can it help you?
The Technique will free you of back/neck pain and general muscle tension
It will improve your sense of well-being and your quality of life
Those who work at computers will learn to sit in a more effective way and avoid RSI
At work the Technique can help you to relax, manage your time and energy and stay calm in a crisis
Performing artists and sportspeople find it helpful for breathing, voice production, balance and co-ordination. It improves stamina and reduces "stage fright"
After operations, illness or injury the Technique aids rehabilitation
Mothers find the Technique helpful during pregnancy, childbirth and managing their posture when caring for their baby
Sit comfortably at your desk:
Learn to sit at your desk without strain, ease back and neck pain, work efficiently and avoid injury with the Alexander Technique!
To mark International Alexander Awareness Week 2013, come and find out more at St. Andrews on the Terrace, Conference Room 1, 30 The Terrace, Wellington:
Free Introductory Talk: Wednesday 2 October, 12.10-1pm (No bookings necessary)
One day workshop: Saturday 12 October, 10am - 4pm. Cost $85/$65 concessions. Bookings essential: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I learn the Alexander Technique?
Through individual lessons with a qualified teacher. The teacher guides you through simple movements using their hands and some verbal instruction, working with lying down, sitting and standing, bending and walking. Later on the Technique can be applied to activities such as working on a computer, writing, playing a musical instrument, singing, speaking or sports.
As with any new skill, the Technique is best learned on a regular basis in order to change unhelpful postural patterns and establish new habits. A course of 20 to 30 weekly lessons is recommended to give you a good foundation. However this varies according to the individual.
You can try out an introductory session to see if the Technique is right for you, or an introductory group workshop.
Suryagita runs one-day introductory workshops for groups in Wellington. These are useful if you would like a 'taster' to find out more about the Technique before deciding to have individual lessons. See calendar or Coming Events (above) for details of the next workshop.
The benefits of learning the Alexander Technique at work
- Improve your posture and performance in the workplace
- Reduce the risk of OOS / RSI (repetitive strain injury)
- Let go of harmful habits and release tension
- Reduce stress levels and stay calm in a crisis
- Make the most of ergonomically designed furniture
- Learn to present yourself effectively in public speaking
The Alexander Technique can be brought to your workplace to help staff with posture and stress management. Suryagita offers courses in the Alexander Technique to small groups and can tailor the course length and content to the needs of the company or organisation.
- introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique
- exercises and games exploring how the mind and body function
- individual workstation assessments and advice on how to sit and work with minimum effort
- individual "hands-on" Alexander work
- ongoing feedback, assessment and support
- a practical exercise to do at home to maintain A.T. practice in everyday life
- how to manage energy and stress levels
Suryagita has run training days in the Alexander Technique for the Croydon Borough Council, the Home Office (UK) and Voluntary Services Overseas (London).
Discount available for block bookings of 10 or more lessons.
Concessions available for children, students, beneficiaries and seniors