Using a process of physical and psychological re-education, Alexander technique practitioners aim to eliminate bad habits relating to movement, posture and balance. This includes such everyday tasks as walking, sitting down and standing up. Alexander technique practitioners work one-to-one with clients, with the teacher physically and verbally guiding the pupil to improve their poise, respiration, digestion and general wellbeing.
This is a relatively small field, with around 2,500 registered Alexander Technique practitioners in the UK. However, with increasing awareness of this therapy, demand is growing. Most people working in this field are self-employed. Work is typically from home, or from a natural health clinic, working alongside other complementary medicine therapists. There are also increasing opportunities working out of gyms, fitness centres and health clubs.
This is a field in which reputation and personal recommendations still carry a lot of weight, so happy clients are the key to future business. There is also the possibility of finding work outside the UK - there are a number of countries with affiliations to the STAT. These include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the USA, as well as a number of European countries.
For further information on all these possibilities, contact the leading governing bodies, PAAT and STAT.
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