Special Courses

The Alexander Technique makes your daily routine much more enjoyable.  However, you can also use it effectively to enhance your presentation skills, your performance in sports and in the arts, and in a range of other areas.

Special courses give an introduction to AT, like the basic course, but focus on a specific area and can be done individually or as a group.

 

Course I - Get your Back Back – Dealing Effectively with Back Pain

You may be a software professional or not – but if you work daily at your computer, you run a risk of being afflicted by one or more of the symptoms of computer related injuries. They can be as minor as occasional twinges in the wrist or shoulder, or as serious as chronic, severe pain, which disables you even for simple, everyday actions like picking up a cup or combing your hair.

People working at the computer tend to make the same sequence of movements repeatedly for long periods of time. Usually they are doing them badly, with unnecessary tension, without stopping for breaks. It’s not very difficult to imagine the effect of sitting hunched up in a chair, head poked forward, fingers either tapping away, or making small circular or up and down movements – for hours at a time.

You may not be able to do anything about the long hours that you need to spend at the computer – but the Alexander Technique can teach you to use yourself intelligently so that you can prevent the damage before it even begins. 


Course II:  Effective @ Workplace

Improve your presence – is what employees are sometimes told during their yearly appraisals.

You need to command a diverse range of skills to function effectively in the corporate workplace. Setting and meeting deadlines, addressing your team, making presentations to your clients or your boss – all these, and more, depend not just on your technical skills but also on the strength of your presence.  You need to command attention – but to do it effortlessly.

Subtle habits of holding can affect the way you carry yourself and the way you speak, the tone and timbre of your voice. Without knowing it, you may be sabotaging your own efforts to be effective.

Use the Alexander Technique to drop these unwanted habits and develop that subtle but definite air of quiet confidence and self-possession.


Course III: Stress Less

You have a crazy schedule and you don’t have the option to take it easy. This would be an accurate way to describe the life of just about anybody these days – whether you are a homemaker, an executive, or a student (school or college). So you continue working until you have no choice but to stop. That point is usually when you are fairly seriously ill or exhausted.

Alexander Technique helps you helps you avoid this cycle of overwork and exhaustion. It teaches you to use yourself better, which means that you will be putting less of a load on yourself as you work. You will be able to tell when you begin to tighten up in ways that could hurt you.

Most importantly, you will be able to stop doing this.

You will be able to live your daily life in a way that is much less damaging, and actually, much more enjoyable. That’s a marvellous way to live – being able to take pleasure in all aspects of your life – the routine as much as the non-routine. And if you do happen to be caught in a situation where you can’t stop for a rest just yet, you will know how to minimise the damage as you carry on – until you CAN take that break.


Course IV: Power Play

Sports persons and athletes face relentless pressure – win or lose out. Sports and athletics make the most exacting and rigorous demands on your system for the power to run, jump, leap, smash.

As a player or an athlete, you constantly face the demand to maintain peak physical fitness and mobilise all your hidden reserves of power, strength and energy. Added to this is the relentless pressure to win – so is it surprising that injuries are considered a normal occupational hazard?

They don’t have to be – if you learn to use yourself well.

The Alexander Technique Power Play Course teaches you to let go of unhelpful tensions so that your body is free to move with its natural strength and power – in the way it is actually designed to move.


Course V: Power in Performance

As a performer, you have to use yourself – body, voice, gesture and movement – to communicate the complexities of character and situation to your audience. The more free and unhampered you are, the more effective your communication. But this is a difficult and subtle skill, and the chances are that in trying to achieve it, you’re subjecting yourself to enormous amounts of stress. A lot of the time, what happens is that the need to deliver an effective performance makes you tighten.

Your performance drops – the voice loses resonance, movements become stiff. This makes you try even harder to free up – but only intensifies the vicious cycle of tightening and constriction. This is the road to stress, damage and injury.

Power in Performance can teach you to avoid this whole downward spiral and instead, tap into the energising cycle of freedom and increased power.