Athanase Vettas – Bio

I teach the Alexander Technique in Brussels since January 1999, mainly in the form of individual lessons.

I am also regularly giving talks on the principle and applications of the Alexander Technique and organizing workshops for small groups.

I am a teaching and active member of Aefmat,  the Belgian Association of Teachers of the Alexander Technique  (www.fmalexandertech.be),  and part of its board of directors since 2003.

Since 2009, my increasing interest for the evolution of the Alexander Technique in a larger context lead me to take part to the annual meetings of the ATAS  (Alexander Technique Associated Societies (www.alexandertechniqueworldwide.com), a network of national societies sharing the same spirit and standards in the transmission of the Alexander Technique to which Aefmat is affiliated.


I am interested in any practical application of the Alexander Technique: from pain management to improving the skillful movements of the artist, the musician of the sportsman; from the meditative or professional positions to the processes involved in an increased perception of oneself.

I have though a special interest for the way we use ourselves when dealing with the stress generated by our modern urban world and the establishment of conscious reactions during habitual human interactions in demanding and new life situations.


I first came across the Alexander Technique in 1994.

Attracted by its title – The Art of Changing – I picked up a book from a shelf in a bookshop to have a closer look at it. I could not possibly know at that moment that my life was at a turning point.

I bought the book, read it the same evening and booked my first Alexander Technique lesson the following day. Three months later, I knew I wanted to become an Alexander teacher myself.

To make it short, I started my training at the beginning of the following year with Mrs Betty Langford, from March 1995 to December 1998, in Lasne, near Brussels.  I owe her my new carrier and life.

Elizabeth Langford (1929 -2009)
Elizabeth Langford (1929 -2009)

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Elizabteth Langford – photos

I owe to Betty Langford my basic approach in teaching the Alexander Technique, but to this day I keep following lessons and workshops with other inspiring and experienced teachers to refine my understanding, practice  and teaching of it.


Training to become an Alexander Technique teacher was the beginning of a long journey, which opened new horizons for me through a new experience of myself (including my body this time) and a better use and understanding of myself.


I would like to add that when I started having Alexander lessons, I was not aware of experiencing any particular problem, except for a weakness in my right thumb for which I was trying various treatments for the last three years.

In fact, during my first Alexander lessons, I did not experience anything extraordinary. After the lessons, I was usually going back home more confident and lighter, and the use of my right hand was getting better. There was an intriguing side to the Alexander Technique that was puzzling me. I was following faithfully the instructions of my teacher and I could witness a gradual improving of my general state, as I was becoming more and more aware of myself.

Three months after, I had no doubt anymore about the efficiency of the Alexander Technique and the desire to investigate more deeply into it was growing day after day.

I know today, that there is no hidden secret and that a better use of oneself involves a daily dedication and that, like any other true achievement, method and dedication is required.


Looking back, I can see today that encountering the Alexander Technique has helped me deal in a new way with questions that were following me since I was a teenager.

Thanks to the Alexander Technique, I have now the possibility, day after day, to explore in a practical way the limits of the free-will and deal with the possibility that is given to me to act with more or less awareness of these limits in my movements and in my reactions, in my own body during any activity in my everyday life.

And I am in turn using this experience in my everyday teaching days by helping the people who trust me and come to learn these same principles which helped me find my way and improve my well-being.


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