Lessons & Workshops

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are one-on-one sessions with a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique. They provide an opportunity for the teacher to aid the student in applying the fundamental ideas of the Alexander Technique and to work in a concentrated fashion to bring about improvement using Alexander's principles.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are catered to meet the needs of particular groups of people. They are designed to introduce the principles of the Technique in a simple way so that participants can begin to apply them immediately to their personal activities (whether they be sewing, writing, martial arts, plumbing or singing). Workshops can also be tailored for groups specializing in one activity (for instance, a class of pianists, horse back riders, singers, musical conductors, or public speakers) in order to directly address problems involved in that activity. There are also workshops for those who already have a working knowledge and experience of the Technique.

Worskhops at the Alexander Technique Centre are also held for teachers of the Technique where they have the opportunity to work with master teachers from around the world.

TEACHER TRAINING

Students of the Alexander Technique who wish to train to become teachers may be interested in the Vancouver School of the Alexander Technique. For more information about the training course email gminnesbrandes@gmail.com.

Who benefits from the Alexander Technique?

Those who must use their bodies with maximum efficiency and ease, or who are seeking ways to expand their limits of achievement, like musicians, actors, dancers, athletes and others. The Technique is included in the curricula of many major music, dance, and theatre schools in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Athletes will also find the Technique of value in developing their facility and endurance and reducing their vulnerability to the common injuries which are associated with particular sports.

Those whose poor posture and carriage has resulted in tensions and fatigue which interfere with the performance of their jobs, or whose jobs tend to create poor postural habits, like dentists, architects, engineers, and others whose work centres around computer use.

Those who have been referred by physicians and practitioners of physical therapies. Pain associated with a disability or injury is sometimes made greater through poor body use, and lessons in the Alexander Technique, as an adjunct to physical therapy, can be useful in helping someone avoid habits of use which might add to pain or discomfort during the process of recovery.