Discover the Alexander Technique
Andrew McCann teaches private Alexander Technique lessons by appointment out of his studio in the Andersonville neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. He teaches introductory small group classes in the Alexander Technique at the Andersonville String Academy in Ravenswood.
Curious about the Alexander Technique? Book a private Alexander lesson here.
Learn more about Andrew here.
Why study the Alexander Technique?
Students decide to study the Alexander Technique for four main reasons:
- Pain management and recovery from injury—most commonly back pain, neck pain, and repetitive strain injuries
- Self regulation and poise under pressure
- Improved skill and ease in everyday activities and performance
- Self-knowledge and understanding
Why does the Alexander Technique work?
Many of our problems are the result of unconscious habits of posture and movement. We develop these habits gradually and often unintentionally over a long time. We are rarely aware of these habits even though we may be very aware of the problems they either cause or exacerbate. Even when we become aware of our habits, we find that they are incredibly persistent and difficult to change.
Alexander Technique teach concrete skills of movement and posture that give students the tools they need to change their posture and movement habits. Alexander Technique lessons are hands-on, giving the student specific feedback in the moment on how they are moving and preparing to move, as well as guiding the student through a different experience of movement than they are used to. Alexander lessons aim to empower students to learn enough to overcome their own problems through their own intelligent inquiry and growing skill. Ultimately, the Alexander Technique teaches self-care through self-knowledge.
Book a Lesson
The best way to study the Alexander Technique is in one-to-one lessons. To get started, book a first lesson using the calendar app here.
Whenever possible, students should aim to study as intensively as possible in the beginning: three times a week or more. After a period of concentrated study, they can continue studying once a week until they feel that they have gained the knowledge and skill they need to continue learning on their own.
Discounted packages of 4, 8, and 12 lessons are available. Lessons are scheduled at minimum of once-a-week, though students are encouraged to schedule beginning lessons more intensively, if at all possible. We will discuss the possibilities at your first lesson.
Ready to get started? Book a lesson now or sign up for an introductory group class.
Research on the Alexander Technique
There is a growing body of scientific research on the benefits of the Alexander Technique. Laboratory research has determined that training in the Alexander Technique improves balance, lowers “axial-rigidity” (meaning the relative stiffness of the musculature around the spine), and improves smoothness and control in initiating movement, even unusually slowed movements. A 2016 study of patients with knee osteoarthritis found that Alexander lessons both reduced pain and reduced co-contraction in the leg musculature during walking.
Randomized-control trials have shown that Alexander Technique lessons help with a variety of conditions. A 2002 study showed that Parkinson’s Disease patients experienced improvements in posture and movement after 24 Alexander lessons. A 2008 study in the British Journal of Medicine showed that 24 Alexander Technique lessons brought about an 86% reduction in days in pain for suffers of back pain. And a 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrated that Alexander Technique lessons are more effective than physical therapy in reducing chronic neck pain.
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