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"Work with the hands is the apprenticeship of honesty.
May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude
and reverence to the Human condition."

- Mahatma Gandhi.

Giorgina Pontet

Healing · Supportive · Ethical


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How many lessons will I need?

The number of Alexander Technique lessons or Shiatsu treatments will vary in accordance with your purpose, which we will discuss in your first lesson.  It is fair to say that you will get out what you put in, so a level of commitment is helpful.

Whilst benefits may be felt from that very first lesson, to get a basic foundation of either work we need to allow some time; the body takes time to develop bad habits, and so it takes time to unravel those habits. In the case of injury or illness, again the body must be trained to counter the effects of the malady.

Although the student is free to stop at any time, I usually suggest a minimum of 5 lessons in order to develop a basic understanding of the re-education needed and how the main difficulties should be addressed.

At times we are inclined to stop lessons or treatment once the pain disappears, and this can sometimes happen in the first few sessions. To keep it from returning, however, you will probably need more sessions.

For best results, a course of regular sessions each week over a period of 6 months will successfully give you a good background in how the use of our body affects its functioning and how you can work on and improve yourself. With frequent intervention it becomes easier to realign the body's relationship with gravity, and the learning will improve greatly.

Research Shows Improvement With More Lessons

In a 2008 British Medical Journal paper (BMJ 2008;337:a884 doi: 10.1136/bmhj.a884 pub 19 Aug 2008,) Professor Paul Little of Southampton University published his findings from a trial of the Alexander Technique versus current standard NHS-prescribed therapeutic treatments for chronic or recurrent back pain.

A group of 579 patients suffering from these complaints - on average each had suffered 243 days of pain in the previous year - were randomly divided into four treatment categories, each with control groups: normal care (aerobic exercise - walking and behavioural counselling); six massage sessions; six Alexander Technique lessons, and 24 Alexander Technique lessons taught by registered teachers.

Normal treatments, massage and the six AT lessons took place over 4-6 weeks, the 24 AT lessons took place over 5 months, with a revision lesson at 7 and 9 months. Findings were measured at 3 and 12 months in terms of number of days of pain in the preceding 4 weeks, and a quality of life measure, indicating how many normal types of activity were prevented by the back pain.

For the control group, who had no treatment, little change was seen in either number of days of pain or quality of life at 3 months.  By 12 months, natural healing had reduced average number of days of pain from 24 to 21.

Exercise and counselling was shown to improve quality of life (ie less activities were prevented by back-pain) by 17%, but number of days was not seen to change.

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