Alexander’s principles are conveyed through a unique touch aided by verbal and visual cues.

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.

The Ottawa School of the Alexander Technique (OSAT) offers many learning opportunities. Contact brigitte or Francis for more information. Ask about costs and logistics:

The Private Lesson

You will be able to apply what you learn to your daily life immediately. Twenty lessons are recommended for a practical understanding of the technique. 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”.

The first 10 lessons

  • A 30-minute plus a 40-minute lesson per week for five consecutive weeks are ideal.
  • The same schedule or weekly lessons of 45 minutes are recommended thereafter.
  • Weekly lessons of 60 minutes are also available.

After 20 lessons

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.

Group Lessons

Group lessons are not usually seen as the best way to learn the A.T. However, the teaching training course director is certain to offer a quality group learning experience.

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 90-minute sessions per week. Small group classes are also available to active A.T. students.

Trainee for one year

This option is open to everyone and is the quickest, most transformative and cost-effective way of immersing yourself in the A.T. experience. This option would also be ideal for anyone recovering from an injury. This one-year journey also opens the door to the program to become a teacher.

Guest Student

This option is recommended to any active A.T. student (a student having ongoing A.T. lessons in a teacher’s private practice) curious about a more intense A.T. experience and usually mandatory if you are contemplating entering the teacher training course.

A guest student is scheduled to come in during the teacher training school hours for full or half-days depending on his/her schedule and available space. As guest student, you receive work from the director equivalent, in terms of time, to a trainee and you also get work from trainees able to do “hands-on work”. The guest student is financially responsible for any scheduled day missed.

“Body”

Similar to an experimental subject in a laboratory, an active student is affectionately called a “body” and comes into the school to “lend his/her body” to trainees capable of doing “hands-on work” and perfect their touch. As a body, you also learn to work on yourself aided by trainees and under the director’s supervision. In this capacity, one does not receive work from the director of the school. There is a minimal cost for this option.

Retreats and Intensive Courses

Upon request, the director of the school and her assistant would be happy to join small groups at weekend retreats and week-long intensive courses, to offer A.T. introductory sessions or continuous learning.

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

 

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