Home - About us
Services available
Alexander Technique
Massage Therapies
Alexander Technique
Fiona Le Vien
BA Hons
Qualified Alexander Technique Teacher MSTAT
Advanced Diploma of Thai Yoga Massage
Diploma of Remedial and Sports Massage

For more information, or to book a session:

# Call
077 5814 8464

# Email

# Or Visit
Oasis logo Oasis Health and Yoga Centre,
96-98 High Street
Croydon CR0 1ND

Click to see map

and at

45, Clifton Road,
South Norwood,
London SE25
Click to see map
# # # # #
# You are here > Home > Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique can help you if you are looking to:

  • Bring ease and poise back into your body.
  • Overcome back pain and poor posture
  • Change harmful postural habits
# STAT Collectivemark

The Alexander Technique will help you to correct your postural habits and improve overall functioning and wellbeing.

What is The Alexander Technique?

Letting go of tension

The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to let go of the excessive tension in the body which interferes with our natural postural reflexes.

Demonstration of an Alexander Technique lesson - standing #

If our muscles are habitually over-tightened our body becomes distorted, unbalanced and compressed.

Misusing our body in this way can have far reaching effects on our health and can result in various forms of discomfort and pain.

Back to top ^

Body awareness

Through The Alexander Technique we learn to be more aware of the way we use our body so that we can improve our posture, alignment and balance.

We can then carry out our daily activities with the greatest poise, the minimum of strain and feel taller and lighter in the body.

Who can benefit?

The Alexander Technique has been found particularly helpful in the following areas:

  • Back, neck and joint pain
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Breathing and vocal problems
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Recovery from spinal injury and whiplash
  • Performing Arts - dance, drama, music
  • Singing and voice work
  • Sport - co-ordination and balance
  • Pregnancy and preparation for childbirth
  • Making the best of chronic pain or disability
# Demonstration of an Alexander Technique lesson - seated

While many people come to the Alexander Technique with specific medical conditions or performance related problems, an increasing number use the Alexander Technique purely because it helps them to become calmer and more responsive in their daily lives.

Back to top ^

The Alexander lessons

The Alexander Technique is taught one-to-one in a series on lessons lasting about 45 minutes each.

  • Recent research published in the British Medical Journal shows that six lessons followed by prescribed exercise is one of the most efficient ways to treat chronic non-specific low back pain.
  • Most pupils find that for sustained improvement a course of 20 to 30 lessons is most effective but this can be discussed with the teacher as we each have varying needs and goals.

In a lesson the teacher uses a subtle and unique form of manipulation combined with verbal instructions.

Demonstration of an Alexander Technique lesson - semisupine #
  • Using simple activities of sitting, standing and lying down the teacher guides the student into a more integrated co-ordination of the head, neck, back and arms.
  • As the student learns to allow natural poise and balance to re-emerge he or she will usually notice the change as one of lightness and greater freedom of movement.
  • During the lesson one should wear ordinary loose-fitting clothes which do not restrict movement.

Back to top ^

Fiona Le Vien

Fiona Le Vien has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1997 and has taught many types of people with problems ranging from slipped disc, scoliosis, arthritis, lordosis, RSI, ME, fibromyalgia. She has also taught the technique to many people who wanted to better their posture and improve their performance and well being, including women in pregnancy and amateur singers

Fiona is also a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage and Remedial and Sports Massage.

Other Information

Prices for Alexander Technique

# 45 minute lesson # £35.00

The Small Print

Please give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment or the full treatment fee will be charged.

Please arrive in plenty of time for your appointment - late arrival will mean reduced treatment time at the full rate.

Back to top ^