For the last few years, the fee has been £35 for a 45 minute lesson or £180 for a course of 6. But please pay what you're comfortable with. One long term pupil, a professional artist, has paid Ian in paintings.
Message from Ian:
The 3 year full time training course with Stephen Cooper, which I completed in 2002, cost £10,000. But I've made a good living from applying Alexander's principles to the teaching of non and nervous swimmers, my specialist area. See Swimming Without Stress
I've never been entirely comfortable charging a fee for 'teaching' the Alexander Technique. It isn't money that motivates me to offer Alexander lessons.
What we work towards, with hands on work, is the receiving of a kind of gift, a gift from nature, given to us when we get out of our own way. The teacher isn't doing anything to the pupil by making hands on contact, it isn't a therapy. First generation teacher Erika Whittaker said that Alexander talked about 'the work', rather than 'technique', because in a sense there is nothing to get better at, we just become more aware of what we're doing.
Through inhibition and direction, conditions are being created for change to happen. The work takes place, as another first generation teacher Margaret Goldie put it, at brain thought level.
The Alexander Technique isn't a quick fix and it isn't very trendy in today's short-term thinking world but the principle is true. When we get out of our own way, a bit of magic can happen. You can't get this from a zoom meeting.
After 20 years, I'm just about confident that my late teacher Stephen Cooper, who really lived by the principles of the Alexander Technique and was a tough head of training, would be reasonably satisfied with my work. As Patrick MacDonald, another first generation teacher, said, 'The first twenty years are the worst'🙂