Mr Alexander created what may be truly called a physiology of the living organism. His observations and experiments have to do with the actual functioning of the body, with the organism in operation, and in operation under the ordinary conditions of living: rising, sitting, walking, standing, using arms, hands, voice, tools of all kinds.
Prof. John Dewey, american philosopher and educator
Alexander’s principles are conveyed to the student through a unique touch aided by verbal and visual cues in both simple activities and constructive rest position.
The Private Lesson
A stimulus to act is given. A pause allows the student to become aware of the harmful habits ingrained in the immediate reaction and prevent them. This opens the way to a more coordinated response. Together, the student and teacher build a new integration of mind and body in activity. The experience and understanding gained during your lesson are taken into daily life.
You will be able to apply what you learn to your daily life immediately. In the beginning, the frequency of lessons is more important than the length of the lessons to both speed up the process and have the teacher check for “dead ends”. Regularity is the key to continue to deepen your understanding of the principles and refine their applications. Speak with your teacher and discuss options that meet your needs.
Personal and Professional Development
This option is open to individuals who want to reconnect, upraise and deepen their relationship with themselves as well as their area of expertise (performing arts, physical therapy, sports, psychology, etc.) It is the quickest, most transformative and cost-effective way of fully immersing yourself in the A.T. experience. This option is also ideal for anyone recovering from an injury.
“Deciding to throw myself into the intensive Alexander technique training has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. My interest initially started purely from a singer’s perspective—I wanted to improve my vocal ability and had a feeling I was preventing myself from improving because of habitual tensions in my body. Not only did I improve as a singer, over the course of my 500+ hours, but I eradicated my neck tension, completely changed how I use my body on a daily basis and in the gym, and as a result physically changed my appearance and posture. The way you use your body on a daily basis informs how young, agile, and resilient you are in your body: I don’t think I was aware of how truly stuck in my physical self-imposed limitations I was and how much preventable tension I was living with until I got into this work. Brigitte and Francis both offer very clear understandings of what it means to do this work, how to do it correctly to change your coordination and use of yourself. They are positive, supportive, and endlessly patient teachers.”
Jordanne Erichsen, vocal coach and founder of Express Voice Studio
Introductory classes are available either through the school or upon request to small groups of individuals who would like to start lessons. For example, a six-week introductory course would consist of two 75-minute sessions per week. Small group classes are also available to active A.T. students.
On Mondays, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., January 23rd to February 20th, 2023
Duration: weekly sessions of 75 minutes during 5 weeks
Location: 141 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
Number of participants : maximum of 5
Intensives, Workshops and Retreats
Upon request, we would be happy to join small groups at weekend retreats and week-long intensive courses, to offer A.T. workshops to suit your needs. It is a dynamic way to discover what it has to offer. Here is a sample workshop:
- An Exploration of the Mind-Body Connection in Action: Understanding the dynamics of postural reflex for conscious living.
See our past events.
“It was a pleasure to connect with brigitte and her team at the University of Ottawa Musicians’ Wellness Centre and participate in their workshops! The sessions were engaging, informative, inspiring, and provided opportunities for each participant to explore and experience the Alexander Technique through various exercises with hands-on input and knowledgeable support from the instructors. I felt immediate differences in my posture and increased freedom of movement through the experience. I’d highly recommend the workshops offered by The Montreal School of A.T.”
Raina S., violinist
Photo: Roxanne Lafleur