Alexander Technique Lessons  


"Effective learning must be based on first-hand experience"                                  

John Dewey, educationalist, philosopher, pupil & friend of F.M Alexander                                                                                                                                                                    



£40 Introductory Lesson (1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes); £34 for 40 minute lesson;  £40 for 1 hour

Private lessons involve a process of recoordination and re-education. Fundamental to the teaching of the Alexander Technique

is the skilled recoordination work with the hands carried out by the teacher. Verbal instruction and guidance provide insight

and facilitate a change in approach to activities.  The primary focus is on enabling the pupil to become aware of the nature

of habitual misuse, helping them to learn gradually to overcome it. This is only possible by a change in awareness.

Autopilot ,unawareness - makes change impossible. Our learned misuse can be changed.   Lessons can focus on a range

of normal everyday activities to improve use, coordination and mobility. Lying down in semi supine (table work) may

feature in lessons. Pupils are encouraged to take up daily practice of  semi supine if able to do so.  

         Walking, writing, using a computer or laptop, vocalising - speech, singing,  playing musical instruments, horse-riding (using wooden horse and saddle) can all be explored in lessons. This list is by no means exhaustive.  My background as a contemporary dancer has helped me to incorporate this knowledge into a deep understanding of what helps people to acquire natural movement. I am very interested in quality of movement, as well as range. Elderly people often become very fixed and limited in their movement and can gain special benefit. I like to work with what I refer to as non-habitual movement.  Many people are unused to considering how they move, but it can promote ease, poise and confidence.  As well as a sense of wellbeing. Ultimately the Alexander Technique can help us to feel integrated and connected to the world around us.



Learning the Alexander Technique involves an investment of time and finance. The fruits of which will be gradual change and ongoing improvement. FM Alexander used to insist his pupils attend everyday, gradually reducing the frequency.  I offer a reduction for pupils who would like to attend more than one lesson a week, a flexible arrangement that can be decided week by week. More frequent lessons can be especially beneficial in the earlier stage of lessons. Pupils can be expected to progress more rapidly from more input from the teacher. Most people can't afford more than a weekly lesson, and this is sufficient if consistent.    For the serious pupil the aim ought to be to get to a point where lessons are no longer necessary to sustain the improved use. How long that takes will be dependent upon several factors:    

  • The degree of misuse and general state you are in when you begin lessons

  •  Willingness to change

  •  Ability to grasp the principles of the Alexander Technique and desire to put them into practice in everyday life   

  • Regularity and number of lessons attended      






























Christine Rapley MSTAT

Location: LICHFIELD Staffs
01543 262346