Alexander technique teacher

Alexander technique teachers work to improve posture and movement, aiming to increase their clients' fitness and mental wellbeing.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become an Alexander technique teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course

College

You'll usually need to complete a 3 to 4-year course which meets the standards of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC):

  • a programme of training that meets, as a minimum, the Alexander Technique National Occupational Standards and the Alexander Technique Core Curriculum

Professional organisations who deliver training and register teachers with the CNHC are:

The Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) also has information on Alexander Technique training.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

More information

More information

Professional and industry bodies

You'll find it useful to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council's voluntary register of Alexander Technique teachers to show that your training, experience and insurance have been checked.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a day-to-day basis, you'll work with clients with a range of issues, like:

  • muscle tension, back, neck or shoulder pain
  • posture or balance problems
  • poor self-confidence
  • breathing or voice problems, particularly for music and drama students
  • flexibility and timing for people involved in different sports activities

Your tasks may include:

  • explaining how the technique relates to a client's condition
  • assessing posture and movements
  • using your hands to encourage clients to let go of tension
  • helping clients understand how to use their body more efficiently
  • teaching clients how to use the technique in everyday life

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, in a therapy clinic or at a client's home.

Career path and progression

You could work with other practitioners of complementary medicine and set up a natural health clinic.

Some parts of the country have NHS trusts which offer Alexander technique lessons. With experience, you could promote your services to local GP surgeries, NHS organisations and hospitals.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Alexander technique teacher right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Alexander Technique

  • Provider: ASPIRE
  • Start date: 09 March 2019
  • Location: Burgess Hill

Alexander Technique Workshop

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 26 January 2019
  • Location: London

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