Lessons - I teach all ages from 3 years and upwards.
The first lesson takes about an hour, after that lessons are approximately 45 minutes. In the first lesson I take a brief history of any problems or reasons that may have lead the client/student to seek lessons. I find out what they want to achieve and talk through what the student is likely to expect from lessons.
Lessons involve gentle, non-invasive hands on work with verbal explanations that help the student think about their use. Students will be guided through simple movements or everyday activities and part of the lesson may include lying down in semi supine (on an Alexander table), this helps the back relax and expand. Lessons are very much tailored to the individual. I provide handouts/ memory aids to accompany the lessons.
When I teach children, I teach through story telling, games and activities that are age appropriate. kindergarten and primary age children I teach the parent or care giver and the child together. This helps reinforce learning and makes it fun and friendly. Teens can have individual lessons, but it is always helpful for a parent or care giver to experience a lesson too.
Students are advised to wear comfortable everyday clothing, that allows easy movement.
Please feel free to tap on the email enquiry, or phone for further information.
Cost depends on whether you are booking one to one lessons, paired lessons, workshops or group classes. Please contact me for current details and costs.
The number of lessons you need all depends. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (see Links/research/Articles) demonstrated that long-term benefits can be obtained from as few as six lessons, but that 20 lessons led to more significant change. Many people find lessons extremely interesting and helpful and continue having lessons well beyond this point. You are an active participant in the Alexander Technique learning experience, you get out of it what you put in, it can be a very empowering process.
I was extremely please that I did so. Esther’s gentle guidance and hands on expertise led me to a deeper understanding of AT. I gained a new sense of body awareness and rediscovered the ability to apply AT in my everyday activities.
I would recommend rebooking lessons with Esther as there is always something new to take away from each lesson.
Talks, Workshops and Classes
I have given introductory talks, workshops and classes for a variety of different groups including physiotherapists, Enfield Music Service string teachers, parents and teachers from local primary schools and elderly retirement home residents. Workshops have varied in length and content. Workshops are generally one and a half to 3 hours long, and cover many aspects of the Alexander Technique including embodied mindfulness, basic principles of AT, balance and co-ordination, constructive rest, hands on work and benefits of AT for musicians.
Testimony from Bedmond WI, Hertfordshire, April 2018
Esther and her 2 colleagues came to talk to us recently about the Alexander Technique. They were extremely nice, informative, & encouraged us all to move around & improve our posture when moving, sitting & lying down. We were also reminded about the importance of breathing correctly. They moved amongst us as we were sitting to gently help us keep our shoulders down & back & generally improve our posture. All members who wished to were able to actively participate, including a visually impaired member & one or two in their 80's/90's. All members found it enjoyable & helpful, & felt better as a result of the guidance & insight received.
Thank you, Esther & friends.
Testimonial 5th September 2017
Myself and another Alexander Technique teacher gave two one hour INSET Day workshops for the music teachers at the City of London School for Girls. The workshops were entitled 'Alexander Technique- You Play Two Instuments. Steven Berryman, Director of Music said 'Staff LOVED today. Thank you so much for preparing so accurately for the needs of the team. Lots of positive comments and they left inspired.'
Testominial: On the 17th December 2014, the string teachers’ team of Enfield Music Service had a three hour training session with Esther Miltiadous on the principles of Alexander technique. The session was extremely well presented by Esther who combined a beautifully crafted talk including the history of Alexander as well as his ideas and principles with hands on practical application of the maxims he developed.
Esther is not only an excellent speaker and instructor but had some entertaining and thought provoking games which made the session very enjoyable as well as instructive. Her excellent hand-outs meant that participants can pursue the interest that she has aroused and gave information about publications that could be useful too.
Esther states that Alexander technique ‘is a practical way of reducing excess tension’ and as tired teachers at the end of term, we certainly felt at the end Esther’s session, the benefits of the technique!
Alison Yates, Strings Co-ordinator, Enfield Music Service
Comments from participants included:
I found this session to be wonderfully insightful and well run.
Very enjoyable AT session, very interesting.
Really useful-Thank you!
Really loved the Alexander session.
February’s workshop, 2018
How to Look after your Back and Neck in Everyday Activities
This workshop used the Alexander Technique to help think about how best to do everyday activities without creating excess tension and wear on our joints. Activities explored included bending down, picking objects up and reaching. We also looked at ways to prevent neck, shoulder, arm and hand strain while using our phones/computers.
‘Welcoming and friendly’
‘Esther’s teaching is very easy to follow. Her explanations are clear and she has a calm and friendly approach. I found the workshop interesting and I hope to incorporate the methods taught’
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