I was completing my bachelors in philosophy at the University of British Columbia when I first came across the Alexander Technique. I had read a book on the Technique and the ideas of mind body unity and of having choice in the moment fascinated me. I went into my first lesson not knowing what to expect but I remember leaving my lesson walking on clouds, still not very sure what had happened. As a student I couldn’t afford to take more than just the one lesson and so I left behind this mysterious enigma, hoping to return to it one day.
Many years later while driving to find a wedding location for my wife and I, our car was T-boned severely in a bad car accident. My brother, who is a personal injury lawyer, had regaled me with stories where people have persistent injuries from car accidents far into the future. I was determined not to let that happen to me. It was at this point that I recalled the Alexander Technique, and now with a more pressing aim in mind (and more money in my pocket), began taking lessons in earnest.
What had previously seemed mysterious became clear and I learned not to let my reaction to pains and aches dictate my behavior. I had choice. The fact that our car insurance covered the cost of lessons was nice too. As a result I was left with no long-term injuries and neither was my wife. (Yes she married me despite the accident) The results had me sold. I came to the decision to study the Technique at this point, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I invite you to give the Alexander Technique a try.
After three years of intensive training at the Vancouver school of the Alexander Technique I graduated as an Alexander Technique instructor in the summer of 2017. The Vancouver school of the Alexander technique‘s training consisted of four hours of intense training four days a week per three semesters a year for 3 years. In addition to the training I received I dedicated countless hours practicing, studying and reading about the Alexander Technique. It has, and continues to be one of the hardest and most rewarding pursuits in my life. I am also a member of the Canadian society of teachers of the Alexander Technique, and hold a BA in philosophy.