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:
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.
As an Alexander Technique practitioner, you should:
It is possible that you can progress to working with other practitioners and with enough time you could set up a health clinic. Some NHS trusts around the UK offer Alexander Technique lessons so there may be an opportunity to gain work there.
If you would like to know more about becoming an 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
Tel: 0121 745 7707
NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850