If your insurer is not listed here, it is still possible that they will pay for lessons.
Introductions, workshops and weekly classes
If you have further questions about the Alexander Technique, about lessons, or regarding your own situation, I welcome contact by either telephone or email.
Free advisory consultation
If you think that the Alexander Technique might be helpful to you, then you are most welcome to book a free consultation. This is an opportunity for you to meet with me, to have a brief assessment and to ask any questions that you may have, before deciding whether you would like to go ahead with a first lesson.
After the consultation you can choose to proceed with your first lesson straight away, or you can book a lesson for a different date, or you can take some time to consider. There is no obligation on your part.
Booking a consultation or lesson
Days and times of lessons
Actplan (on GP’s referral), BAWA, BCWA, Cigna, Ellis Healthcare, Executive Healthcare Ltd, Exeter Friendly Society (on self-referral), Guardian Health, Healthcare Management, HEALTHSHIELD (through company based scheme), Hogg-Robinson Healthcare, I.G.I. (on GP’s referral), Iron Trades Ass. Co, Managed Care Consultants Ltd, Medical Claims Handling, MediCash, Medisure, Motor Insurer's Bureau, Norwich Union, OHRA, Orion Prime Health, PruHealth, UAP, Provincial Insurance Plc, Universal Providence, UNIQA (Austria), Van Breda, WPA, Zurich. Also: The Civil Service Med. Aid Assoc. (on self-referral), The E.C.’s Joint Medical Insurance Scheme and The U.N.’s Medical Insurance Scheme. See also Dentists Provident members' offers here.
In addition, a number of companies will pay for Alexander Technique lessons from qualified teachers who are members of the CHNC. I am not currently a member, but will re-join if anyone wishes to make a claim with any of these insurers: Medicash, The Health Insurance Group (broker for Medicash and several other insurers - check if your company obtains it's insurance through the Health Insurance Group, they pay 50% of claims up to the set limit per year), Pure Benefits, Health Shield, Elect.
Paying for lessons
Lessons cost £60 each and last about 40 minutes.
There is a reduced rate of £50 for qualified and trainee Alexander Technique teachers.
Lessons may be paid for by cash, cheque or bank/online transfer (Bacs).
Most self-employed people can claim lessons against tax and some employers and private insurers (see below) will pay for lessons.
Private medical insurance
Many of the major private medical insurance companies will reimburse Alexander Technique lessons. Please check the conditions of your policy with your company. Most require a consultant referral (see exceptions below), and I can assist you with advice in obtaining this. The following companies will normally fund lessons, although note that the rules of some insurers change quite often:
Learning the Alexander Technique is usually best achieved through one-to-one lessons. This allows you to work with your teacher on your individual habits of movement.