The technique doesn't teach you something new to do. It teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereotyped responses; how to deal with habit and change. It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a better use of yourself while you work towards it.
Professor F. P. Jones, Freedom To Change, 1976
Life could be viewed as a continual stream of stimulus and response and most of us respond to a stimulus in a very habitual way. The Alexander Technique increases awareness and shows us that there is a small window of opportunity between stimulus and response that enables us to filter out unnecessary tension and effort, allowing something new and creative to take place. By releasing and expanding instead of tightening and contracting you will also reduce the pressure on your joints in everything that you do.
Most of us have some muscles that are overworked and some that are too weak to do their job. The Alexander Technique encourages the muscles to rebalance so they can work more efficiently. In a lesson the teacher, with some explanation and gently guiding hands, moves the pupil between sitting and standing encouraging freer movement with less effort.
For some people, especially horse riders, work on the saddle can be particularly useful.
Lessons are taught on a one-to-one basis, last approximately 40 minutes and cost £30.