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Alexander Technique for Back and Neck Pain course timetables

Brief description

Two hour introductory workshop in Alexander Technique.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

New comers and those with some experience in the Alexander Technique who have some degree of neck and or back pain.

Course description in brief

Very basic introduction to the Alexander Technique in general.

Of necessity, there will be some theory but the emphasis will be very much on the practical.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Some of the basics of the Alexander Technique along with some practical techniques to help overcome pain and discomfort.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


The workshop will involve some gentle physical activity but no one will be expected to do anything that may cause them any discomfort.

What equipment will I need for the course?


Any necessary equipment will be provided, however, due to the practical nature of the course loose, comfortable clothing should be worn – trousers not skirts.

What materials will I need for the course?

Some people like to take notes so you may want to bring paper and pen, but handouts will be provided.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Brief introduction followed by demonstrations by the teacher followed by practice by the participants.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Arriving on time is helpful to all concerned. There will be a brief tea break in the middle.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

There will be no formal assessment.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

One to one lessons with a qualified Alexander teacher, an ongoing group course, residential holiday courses.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Verbal feedback will be sought after each aspect has been explained and practiced.

There will also be a brief feedback session at the end.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
852c 2 Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Dates TBC (1 Sessions) Full Rate £12; R Rate £8; A Rate £6
852a 2 Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 09 Nov 2019 to 09 Nov 2019 (1 Sessions) Full Rate £12; R Rate £8; A Rate £6
852b 2 Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 14 Mar 2020 to 14 Mar 2020 (1 Sessions) Full Rate £12; R Rate £8; A Rate £6

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

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