As new clients come to the Studio to take up Alexander Technique lessons, I am noticing a couple of things about their progress.
Firstly, the clients who choose to make constructive rest a regular part of their day seem to progress much more. Constructive rest, or lying in semi-supine, is a great way to stop, allow time for yourself and start to let go. It is really, really good for your back. It involves finding a quite place for 15 minutes, and lying down with your head supported by books and your knees up. Anyone can do it. A guide to constructive rest is available on the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website here. Give it a go!
The second thing I notice is that those clients who come for lessons regularly, and without big gaps between lessons, make the best progress. I find that weekly or even twice weekly lessons at first is the best – like learning any new skill, practice makes perfect. Clients new to the Technique do best with the support of a teacher until they have a good understanding of the principles involved.
For the above reasons, and as Poise for Life grows, I am launching a “10 lessons for the price of 9” offer. It does what it says on the tin! Buy 9 lessons and receive an appointment card with the 10th lesson free. The 10 lessons need to be used up within 3 months of purchase for the reasons outlined above – more frequent lessons make for better uptake of the skill that is the Alexander Technique, especially for new learners. I will, of course, continue to offer lessons paid for on an individual basis.
Please do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the offer, or just in the Alexander Technique in general.
Happy constructive rest!