Alexander technique teacher
Alexander technique teachers work with clients to improve their posture and movement, with the aim of increasing physical fitness and helping mental wellbeing.
1. Entry requirements
You'll usually need to complete a 3 to 4 year course which meets the standards of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
To get onto a course, you'll find it useful to have:
- a reasonable level of fitness
- knowledge and understanding of the Alexander technique gained from individual lessons with a qualified practitioner
- an understanding of subjects like biology, anatomy and physiology
- previous experience or qualifications in counselling, health and social care, or a career related to medicine
Once you've completed your training, you'll find it useful to join:
- a professional organisation
- the CNHC's voluntary register of Alexander technique teachers to show that your training, experience and insurance have been checked
Professional organisations currently able to register teachers with the CNHC are:
The Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) also has information on Alexander technique training
2. Skills requiredYou'll need:
- excellent communication and listening skills
- the ability to empathise with clients
- the ability to gain clients' confidence and trust
- a logical approach to solving problems
- an awareness of when to refer a client to a GP
3. What you'll doYou'll usually work with clients on a one-to-one basis.
You'll teach the technique with the aim of releasing tension from the head, neck and spine to improve posture.
The technique involves:
- explaining how it relates to a client's condition
- assessing a client's posture and movements
- using your hands to encourage clients to let go of tension
- helping clients understand how to use their body more efficiently
- teaching clients how to use the technique in everyday life
- muscle tension, back, neck or shoulder pain
- posture or balance problems
- poor self-confidence
- breathing or voice problems
- music and drama students who need to improve their vocal technique or posture
- people involved in different sports activities who want to improve their flexibility and timing
You wouldn't diagnose individual conditions or advise clients on symptoms or treatments.
Highly Experienced: Variable
You'll usually work freelance and charge £25 to £55 per session. Sessions usually take around 30 to 45 minutes.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou'll usually be self-employed. Your working hours will depend on how many clients you have. You'll usually start by working part-time until you've built up a client base.
You may need to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate your clients.
You'll usually be based in a therapy centre or health clinic. You may also visit clients in their own home.
6. Career path and progression
You could work with other practitioners of complementary medicine and set up a natural health clinic.
Some parts of the country have NHS trusts which offer Alexander technique lessons. With experience, you could promote your services to local GP surgeries, NHS organisations and hospitals.
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Last updated: 05 May 2017