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What does a Alexander Technique Practitioner do?

An Alexander Technique practitioner teaches people to improve their posture and co-ordination to help bring about an improvement in their physical and mental well- being. Using the Alexander Technique, they teach clients how to eliminate unnecessary muscular tension or poor posture, and so help to prevent or alleviate associated conditions. An improvement of head, neck and back co- ordination generally leads to improvements in health, fitness and general well-being.

Some clients may consult an Alexander Technique practitioner because of physical problems such as back, neck or shoulder pain, stress, vocal or breathing disorders. Others want to learn the technique for personal development.

A practitioner may also work with other groups of clients including:

  • music and drama students - where it is an essential element in a performer’s training
  • people involved in different sports activities who want to learn how to improve flexibility, timing and how to channel efforts more appropriately
  • pregnant women who use it to help them cope with the rapid physical changes associated with pregnancy.

What's the working environment like working as a Alexander Technique Practitioner?

Alexander Technique practitioners usually work in a health clinic or therapeutic environment, or in a client’s own home. They usually have a couch for the patient to lie on, which they take with them if they are offering a mobile service. They may also work outdoors, for example, at sporting events. The work can involve standing and bending and can be physically demanding.

What does it take to become a Alexander Technique Practitioner?

As an Alexander Technique practitioner, you should:

  • be able to develop empathy with your patients and be sensitive to their needs
  • be emotionally stable
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • have good communication skills, including listening and understanding
  • have a logical approach to problem solving
  • have good physical manipulation skills and supple fingers
  • know when to refer a patient to a conventional medical practitioner.

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Further information

If you would like to know anything about Alexander Technique Practitioner that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
1st Floor, Linton House
39-51 Highgate Road
Tel: 0845 230 7828

Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT)
18 Hilton Avenue
B28 0PE
Tel: 0121 745 7707

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850
Email: learning@nhscareers.nhs.uk

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