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Frequently asked questions

How many lessons do I need, and how often?

This depends entirely on you and your needs. The Alexander Technique is a practice that needs the same kind of commitment that people give yoga or martial arts. We all love the idea of a 'quick fix', naturally; but this is about continual, life-long improvement. A course of at least 10 lessons is the very best start and will really cover Alexander's principles and concepts. A series of 6 weekly lessons will still constitute a pretty decent start, however, and you can decide after that whether and how to continue.

After a couple of courses, the next best step is to attend a summer workshop, where you can experience multiple lessons with multiple teachers over a few days - a truly super-charged learning boost. And after that, there's the teacher training course, which isn't just for people who want to become teachers, but also for anyone who wants to study more deeply. The next one is due to begin September 2020. Find further details here:
The advertising slogan for the board game Othello is, "A minute to learn, a lifetime to master." So it is with the Alexander Technique; the longer you learn the more you improve. I certainly still have lessons and derive enormous value from them.

What happens in a lesson?

We always work 'in activity', as you're always 'in activity' in life. We start with the simplest activities like sitting, getting up out of a chair and sitting back down again, and then on to walking and a variety of things you may do every day, e.g. driving, sitting at a desktop, writing, washing up, gardening, cycling, playing tennis or an instrument - you name it, we'll make a lesson experience for it!

Which are better, one-to-one or group classes?

Group classes are a big feature of ITM teaching because:
having many kinds of interactions accelerates your learning;
seeing how others move and change accelerates your learning;
you have a lot of laughs in group class which also accelerates your learning!
One-to-one lessons are also excellent, however, and some people prefer to learn 'out of the gaze' of others.
But whether you choose group or one-to-one classes, the Interactive Teaching Method involves helping you to think things out for yourself.

Do I need to wear anything special or bring anything?

No special clothes are needed. After the first few lessons, if you wish to choose an activity that involves bringing something, for example a musical instrument or sports racket, you are very welcome to bring it along.

Please do contact me if you have any further questions, or wish to have a free initial consultation

Tel: 07714 028800

Email: mail@francesbutt.com

Write/Visit: 7a Camp Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LW

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