Tom Koch invites you to experience the technique used for over a century by actors, singers, dancers, musicians, scientists and managers to improve performance and appearance while increasing self confidence and well-being.
The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is a simple method for applying your rational mind to solve body problems. It makes even simple movements feel lighter and easier, helps alleviate pain and stiffness, and helps you maintain a clear and balanced state of mind.
How does the Technique work?
Good body use is
a learnable skill
The Technique is based on the understanding that the tensional balance between the head, neck and back can either enhance or hinder the body’s postural reflexes. We can learn to control this tensional balance consciously, and thereby find an easier and more coordinated way of using our bodies, both in action and at rest. This conscious control of coordination gradually comes to replace our previously acquired habits that might be restrictive or even harmful.
How is the Technique taught?
Tom, like all Alexander teachers, uses his hands to direct your attention to how you are using or misusing the tensional balance in your body as you stand, bend, sit, and walk. Through gentle guidance and tactile feedback you first learn to stop disturbing your body’s proper head-neck balance. As you become more skilled at this we begin applying the technique while maintaining movement, such as walking, speaking, playing an instrument or writing. Most lessons also include time lying on a table while Tom uses his hands to help you release unnecessary tension in a rational and conscious manner. Even after only one lesson most people will feel a surprisingly positive difference in how their body moves.
There are no exercises or special equipment involved. Instead attention is paid to basic daily movements. As you progress, lessons can include any movement or activity you want to examine, whether playing a musical instrument, typing on a keyboard, making a speech, or performing an arabesque on point.
My neurologist recommended that I take Alexander lessons for my chronic RSI. with functionless hands and chronic pain. Now I am able to use my hands better, so much better that I was able to get a job working with computers. After a five year search I discovered the Alexander Technique. You don’t need medication, neurologists, physiotherapists, Mensendieck therapists and unemployment benefits. An occasional Alexander lesson will do the trick.
Tom Koch has been in private practice since 1987 when he was certified by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York. He has taught dancers, musicians, managers, expectant mothers, as well as those with chronic illnesses like MS, RSI, arthritis, back pain and stiffness. His practice includes:
- Private lessons in the Alexander Technique
- Alexander Technique as “alternative therapy” for postural and neuromuscular problems
- Private master classes for professional performers (dancers, musicians, actors, singers, etc. and Alexander teachers/trainess
- Private tutoring for students of the performing arts in applying the Alexander Technique to their performance discipline
Tom’s studio is in the center of Amsterdam, just a ten minute walk from Central Station. In exceptional cases Tom is also available to teach private lessons in your home or office. Group classes and workshops are held on-site to suit your needs.
For more information
To schedule an appointment please call Tom at +31 (0)20 320 9044