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Learn Alexander Technique to get a smarter control of your:

            • posture
            • movement
            • balance
            • postural tone
            • attention
            • reactivity

and you will improve how you do everything you do.

This is thinking in activity.

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What is the Alexander Technique?

The AT is a self-help method that teaches how to change habits of thought and action so that a more effective coordination can be established.

With the practice of this technique you will gain experience in knowing how to stop habitual patterns of co-contractions that tend to create a harmful use of ourselves. ‘Stopping’ is the first step to change and control our habitual way of action and reaction.

When you ‘stop’ you are still and your attention is expanded to the mental aspect of the performance of a movement. You can observe how the idea of doing something triggers the habitual pattern of posture and movement, and then consciously intervene by refraining from engaging habits of thought and action. The idea of doing is not any longer the driving force that will determine how to perform the action, and instead other small steps that secure the success of the action are going to be the focus of attention. Now that the chain of events is broken there is more space for freedom in movement.

The second step is the mental projection of the plan of action, or ‘directions’, to encourage a refinement in the postural support, the dynamic regulation of postural tone and attention, while keeping in check the first step, the prevention of the harmful habits. When this two steps have linked, other plans of actions will be added depending on the activity at hand. Then the performance of the act is carried out while keeping the projection of the directions.

This process will gradually change and refine the coordination of the student.

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about Me

Hello. I’m Marietta Simarro. I was an accountant dreaming to be an actress, a lawyer, a scientist… until I came across with the Alexander Technique and found something that I couldn’t have dreamed about because is so unique.

I’ve had private lessons weekly for two years with Rafa Navarro in Madrid. Then trained in London at the Constructive Teaching Centre, Walter and Dilys Carrington’s school. With excellent teachers: Ruth Murray, Alan Philips and John Brown. After I obtained my certificate in 2009, I’ve stay another term to do a teaching term. Afterwards I went to Madrid and completed a 1,000 hours postgraduate with Andrea Beesley. I worked in Simon Fitzgibbon’s school, El Mono y el Madroño, in Madrid between 2012-2016. I moved to Sydney in 2016. Since then I work as the main assistant in Simon Fitzgibbon’s school, City Sydney Alexander Technique, and maintain a private practice in Darlinghurst.

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Lessons

The lessons need to be one-on-one. The Alexander Technique is taught mainly with hands on guidance to convey what the verbal explanations means specifically for that student in that moment. As the course of lessons progress the coordination will be subtler and deeper, the meaning of the same concept probably would change as the student change. The more experience the student get the better understanding of how to apply it by himself.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW IS A LESSON?
The lesson could start working with a chair or lying down on a table. Other activities would be added if there is a need, but the positions of mechanical advantage can be practice just with this two options. The main activity is moving in and out of the chair. The changes obtain by this simple activity will be used by your daily activities. It is quite dynamic although the first lessons need more stillness.

WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?
Comfortable clothes when possible.

HOW MANY LESSONS?
You don’t need to commit to any number of lessons. It is recommended a minimum of 20 lessons, but it is up to you. People enjoy having lessons for years because they keep learning and improving their goals.

HOW OFTEN?
At least once per week.

Private lessons

One on one lessons is the best way to learn, no matter what your level is or how much experience you have.

Workshops

Introductory workshops can be provided either general public or with specific groups: musicians, actors, singers, etc.

Groups

Small groups of two or three people are available for trainees and teachers that want to practice hands-on with guidance.

House calls

Only as an exception, when someone has serious mobility problems.

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My focus

My teaching is based on a tradition that developed a very specific way to use the hands in teaching. We use our hands to communicate more accurately with the students and be able to bring about changes that wouldn’t be possible just by talking.

That’s what we call Alexander hands-on skill.
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Pricing

Private lessons

$50

Per lesson

  • Second lesson per week $40
  • Third lesson per week $30
Concession

$30

Per lesson

  • Students
  • Seniors 65 years of age
Lessons Pack

$450

Per 10 lessons

  • 10 lessons paid in advance $450
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Get in Touch

Book a lesson or ask for more information.

Unit 3,  11-17 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010