One key finding was that - even before Covid-19 - most people would like more touch than they actually receive.
Alexander Technique teaching is famously 'hands on' - or at least it was, until the pandemic forced us to rise to the challenge of teaching metres apart or via Zoom.
It is important, when we talk about touch, to focus on the quality as well as the quantity. Alexander Technique teachers spend three years training to 'put non-doing hands on' our students in a way that feels safe and has a positive effect on their wellbeing. Sometimes the primary intention is to gently guide the person away from old patterns of moving, towards newer, lighter ones. Sometimes the purpose is to 'tune in' and then subtly encourage them to shed excess tension; to feel more grounded, connected and whole.
We look forward to the day when we can employ our tactile skills freely once again!