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The Edinburgh Alexander and Therapy Centre has been offering Alexander lessons and workshops since 1994.

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Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Sciatica And Semi-Supine

Exchanging emails with a friend today they told me of their plan to spend the weekend on the floor in the hope of easing their sciatica. This blog is an open letter of sorts to them about what they might do; how they might help themselves using the semi-supine procedure that I know that they have learned from their Alexander Technique lessons.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:48

A short biography of F.M. Alexander

F M AlexanderAn Australian born in 1869, F. M. Alexander was not a healthy child receiving private tuition rather than attending school. His tutor encouraged him to read Shakespeare which led to an interest in acting and reciting, a career that he was to pursue when he grew up. Alexander enjoyed early success as an actor - a success marred only by problems with his voice, problems which led increasingly to his voice failing him in performance and threatening his chosen career.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:44

How we work

The EAC has developed a teaching process which is tailored to the needs and abilities of each pupil. It allows the pupil to start making progress from their first contact with a teacher and is designed to give pupils the ability to continue to progress after lessons have come to an end.

From Follow The Fleet (1936). Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance.

I have been a regular student of the Alexander Technique (AT) since August 2002. My background is in electronic engineering in which I served an apprenticeship before going on to gain an honours degree. My interests were wide and varied and included playing guitar and sound engineering, restoring classic cars and motorsport, as well as participating in various sports.

In 1994, I was involved in a car accident in which I suffered a brain trauma, which left me with a neurological condition, dystonia resulting in my neck muscles being in constant spasm. The resulting chronic severe pain saw me more or less abandoning all my interests in an attempt to cope with my condition.

I am a student of Flamenco and Jazz guitar, and I intend to earn a living out of my playing, so being able to sit and practice for hours is key for my goal. That is why I decided to take up Alexander Technique lessons; I wanted to be able to play without damaging my wrists and back.

One of the most relevant things I have learnt is to notice and release a lot of muscular tension in all the joints. That tension feels so normal and is so subtle that it is almost impossible to feel it, and so it remains there damaging the body and making movements much more difficult than necessary.

Friday, 19 October 2012 15:33

Don Bradman interview

Don Bradman was a man Alexander very much admired and in this clip from YouTube you can see why.

Friday, 19 October 2012 09:36

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

A short introduction to the Alexander Technique with Richard Casebow.

Thursday, 18 October 2012 14:19

Contact and costs

Whether you want to improve your performance or are looking for help with a particular problem, you can call us now on 0131 225 4596, leave a message and we will call you back to arrange a free consultation to discuss your needs. Or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lesson Availability

Sunday            9.00am-5.00pm
Monday           1.15pm-8.15pm
Tuesday         1.15pm-8.15pm
Wednesday   1.15pm-6.45pm 

Lessons may be arranged outside these times by prior agreement.

Workshop Dates

On the following Saturdays 10am -1pm :
2013 - 5th October, 30th November
2014 - 1st February,15th March, 3rd May,14th June, 26th July

Lesson and Workshop Costs

1 hour introductory lesson £55*
½ hour regular lesson Sundays and after 5.15pm weekdays £37*
½ hour regular lesson before 5.15pm weekdays £35*
Introductory workshops £35*
Lessons arranged outside of above hours carry a £5 supplement*

*The full fee will be payable unless 48 hours notice of cancellation is given, this may be waived at the discretion of the EAC.

Location

The Edinburgh Alexander Centre is located at 2b Clarence Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AF.


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Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:24

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do lessons costs?

See contact and costs.

How long do lessons last?

The introductory lesson lasts for an hour, thereafter lessons last for half an hour.

How many lessons will I need?

This is very hard to answer without discussing a pupil’s individual aims. It varies from pupil to pupil according to what each person is looking to achieve, where they are starting from as well as their own abilities and commitments. It is best discussed with a teacher at one of our no obligation free consultations.

How often will I need a lesson?

This very much depends on each pupil’s learning style and what they want to achieve. The only recommendation that we make is that initially lessons for the first few weeks are taken on a weekly basis. Thereafter teacher and pupil decide together what frequency is right for the pupil.

Do I remain fully clothed?

Yes, you may be asked to remove your shoes otherwise you remain fully clothed. It is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing.

How do lessons work?

See the page on how we work.

Who was Alexander?

Read a short biography.

What can I read?

  • F.Matthias Alexander - The Use of the Self
  • Michael Gelb - Body Learning - An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
  • Glynn Macdonald - The Alexander Technique: A Practical Approach to Health, Poise and Fitness

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by either coming along to a workshop or if you know you are interested in lessons by coming along to a free consultation.

Where are you?

The Edinburgh Alexander Centre is moving to 2b Clarence Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AF from the 29th September 2013. 

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