The Alexander Technique

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“The best thing you can do in any moment to improve your quality of being.” Robert Britton

What happens in an Alexander lesson?

The Alexander Technique helps you to change your posture so tension or pain are reduced and your body returns to a more balanced state.

In an Alexander lesson your teacher will:

    • Observe the way you move in a variety of activities
    • Provide tools that help you direct your attention in a new way
    • Assist you with gentle manual guidance

With the teacher’s guidance, the pupil or client develops an awareness of their mind body relationship. They learn to observe their immediate responses and to refrain from acting on them. In the process a client will ‘undo’ or ‘unlearn’ what has been habitual or unhelpful for them.

Clients can experience a reduction in physical pain, stress and fatigue, an increase in energy levels, improved performance and posture, increased physical freedom and larger range of motion to name a few of the benefits.

The Alexander Technique for Dancers

In this workshop dancers can learn and observe the technique in practice.

We begin by taking simple movement tasks such as standing, walking, sitting, crouching or squatting, and lying semi supine on our backs.
We explore sending direction or attention to our bodies, pausing, noticing our responses, and making choices between acting and not acting. We experience the link between process and product and the huge number of choices that become available to us when we cease to do what is habitual or unconscious. We begin to observe and experience how the technique can be used to change response patterns and behaviors which do not serve us and how to make new choices which do serve us. As practitioners of dance we learn tools to alleviate performance anxiety and stress, to improve posture and focus, to release tension and to increase energy levels.

For all levels. Workshop duration: Three hours to two days.

Juliet Shelley is a certified teacher with the UK Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and is a member of the Alexander Technique Teachers Society of New Zealand. She graduated from the Alexander Technique Training School Oxford, directed by Elizabeth Walker, in 1994. She has been teaching classes and workshops in the Alexander Technique since 1995 in New Zealand. Elizabeth Walker was a student of F.M Alexander who originated the technique.

backpain“The Alexander sessions have had a noticeable impact on lowering my level of pain. The follow up exercises have taught me to use my body in a manner that means I am not putting undue pressure on my back. Since attending these weekly classes I am now able to complete tasks that I was unable to do when I started. Tasks such as putting on my shoes and tying the laces, shaving my legs in the shower, get out of a chair with ease, playing golf with no pain and sitting at my desk without having crippling pain when I stand. I enjoy having the benefit of Juliet’s experience and would recommend her without hesitation.”
Virginia Sanders – client

Private lessons in the Alexander Technique

Fee per lesson: $60

Duration: 60 minutes

Ten lessons paid in advance by cash or internet banking: $500

Private lessons in the Alexander Technique and Pilates

Fee per lesson: $75

Duration: 75 minutes

Ten lessons paid in advance in cash or by internet banking: $650

Bookings and payment

To book lessons contact Juliet on 04 569 1664 or 021 236 9614 or email her on

16 Rakeiora Grove, Lower Hutt, Wellington 5012

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Resources and more information:


Listen to or download an MP3 Description of the Alexander Technique. For more audio material go to the Alexander Technique Podcast and to


View or download this 10-minute introductory video produced by the British Medical Journal in 2008 as part of a major study showing the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique in alleviating back pain. Watch a 3-minute introductory video explanation of the

Technique by Marjorie Barstow or a somewhat longer version by her. More videos can be found at

Links to More Introductory Material

Pilates and the Alexander Technique: