‘Classical Procedures’ is a term used to denote the activities used by F. M. Alexander to teach his technique. Generally accepted as classical procedures are:
Going up on the toes
Hands on back of chair
‘Monkey’ (a position of mechanical advantage)
(Some people regard ‘Moving forwards and backwards from the hips while sitting’ as separate from other Chair work. In this Companion it is treated under Chair work.)
The term classical procedures is used to distinguish what Alexander is known to have used in his teaching from later developments. A number of other procedures developed after Alexander’s death used for teaching the Technique include saddle work, Dart procedures and a variety of simple movements called directed activities (‘games’).
‘Chair work’ here includes both sitting and standing work, leaning against the back of the chair (with shoulder blades against a book or the like), and moving forwards and backwards from the hips whilst sitting.
See each activity for a description.
The use of classical procedures have been criticised for being too limited and irrelevant for people’s daily activities, and for not addressing the need for learning more complex activities. For a defence see Explaining the Alexander Technique.
Styles of Teaching