Private lessons

Practising Private Alexander technique lesson

A private Alexander technique lesson gives you an effortless and well organized posture and a feeling of freedom and ease.

Learn healthy, natural posture from Smartbody Alexander Amsterdam teacher Patrick Johnson PhD. Patrick combines verbal instruction with expert light touch manipulation to unlock patterns of tension and guide you to a better pattern of support.

During your lessons with Patrick, you will also build your own toolkit of mental cues that will help you maintain good posture and coordination throughout all your activities. This unique combination of bodily experience and intellectual understanding will also allow you to develop your own means for change over time.

Lessons also involve working with specific activities, such as speaking, working at a computer, playing music, or playing a sport. Using verbal feedback and hands on light touch manipulation, Patrick will show you how to improve your postural support and reduce excess tension to improve your performance.

The best way to start is to come in and try a lesson. We’ll explain the technique some more and give you your first hands-on experience of the ‘Alexander high’. Then we can tailor a plan for a series of lessons that fits your needs and budget. While a standard course of lessons is twenty to thirty lessons, as few as six lessons have been shown to provide a long term benefit.

Email or call Patrick directly (+31 6 1437 2008) to make an appointment.

Our blogs about Alexander technique


I have always been someone who has suffered from tension in my neck and shoulders. This would lead to regular discomfort and headaches. I was always aware that my posture was contributing to this problem, but no matter how much I would try to ‘correct my posture’ I continued to experience problems. The Alexander Technique has helped me to understand the causes to the strain I was experiencing and has introduced me to a way of releasing the tensions that were causing my discomfort. Rather than forcing myself to stand up straight and ‘trying’ to force my muscles to relax it has taught me a way of allowing my body to operate in a more comfortable and natural way. I have found Patrick’s approach to teaching the technique not only helpful during the lessons, but also afterwards too. The lessons not only focus on using the technique in a learning environment, but then applying it to everyday life and activities. This has helped me gain a good awareness of the tensions that I was experiencing and then start to learn to allow these stresses and strains to become less problematic for me.

Jeremy Roberts
Theatre Manager at The Adelphi Theatre in London

With Alexander technique I feel lighter, longer, and I move more elegantly. Patrick is a great teacher, very professional and knowledgeable. Taking his alexander classes helps me a lot to keep a better posture with out tension. I feel a lot more relaxed and focused as well. He also have a light and funny stile.

Carlota Granga
IT professional

I was curious about the Alexander Technique, so I signed up for one-on-one lessons with Patrick. I’ve been going once-a-week for 7 months. Through working with him, I find myself more at ease in my body while performing day-to-day activities (desk-work, yoga, weightlifting, etc). Patrick works methodically, provides a lot of positive reinforcement and tailors the lesson to any specific issues that I might have. The lessons take place at Smartbody, which is located in the center of Amsterdam. I take one-on-one lessons in English, but he also teaches in other formats/in Dutch. I would highly recommend learning Alexander Technique with Patrick.

Neel Shaw