During a lesson the teacher uses a clear, directive, and subtle touch to help the student bring about the Primary Control (relationship of the head, neck, and back) of a movement. The teacher also gives particular verbal cues. The guided movement and thinking combine to produce a striking new awareness and control of the way they move and react. With practice this carries over to all of life’s activities. Students are fully dressed in comfortable clothing.
Along with the movement work is what is known as “table work”. The student is lying on his/her back, fully clothed and the teacher is using the principles of the Technique to gently guide the body into the primary control--integrating the head, neck and back in to more freedom and alignment. The lesson can then proceed into movement from a new perspective. Many people who come for Alexander lessons are in a lot of pain and have movement problems. The table work is used in unison with the movement work to bring about the best conditions possible for the student.
Lessons involve no abrupt or painful manipulations. Most people find them interesting, enjoyable, deeply relaxing, and successful in reaching personal goals.