I was first recommended to take Alexander Technique lessons by an Osteopath in 1988 after severe pain and stiffness refused to budge following treatment for a twisted sacrum.
I was already qualified as an Occupational Therapist and was working in Health and Social Care services in a busy, diverse London Borough.
I loved my Alexander Technique lessons; I found that I could incorporate what I had been taught all through a busy day of working at a desk and going out and about visiting people and carrying heavy equipment. I particularly enjoyed lying ‘semi-supine’ as I found it combined being invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
A year or so later I started a family and continued my lessons all through my pregnancy. They certainly helped me be more ‘back aware’ and my pregnancy was trouble free.
After that, a busy family and work life took over but I always remembered Alexander Technique principles and often talked about them to my children and other family and friends, especially when they were in pain or stressed.
Almost 5 years ago my work and family demands changed and I found, to my delight, I had the time to start training as an Alexander Technique teacher myself. So I enrolled at the London Centre for Alexander Technique and Teacher Training and completed my 3 year course in July 2014.
During my training I led small groups as a student Teacher and helped at several Carer’s Health and Wellbeing Drop-ins.
From September 2013 I started assisting Professor Peter Buckoke at the Royal College of Music with his Alexander Technique lessons, these are part of the undergraduate curriculum, and I have continued since 2014 assisting Judith Kleinman, Deputy Head AT Teacher with her RCM lessons.
Drama degrees also include Alexander Technique and I have been assisting Penny O’Connor, AT Teacher at ArtsEd, Performing Arts School, Chiswick since April 2014.
Since graduating in 2014, I have started a busy practice at home, held several 4 week group courses at Hornsey Vale Community Centre N8, organised group sessions for Haringey Age UK and teach lessons weekly at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, SW11, for people affected by Cancer.
I am a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), I am insured, regulated and have an enhanced DBS check.
Teaching Alexander Technique is so special. It is gentle and non-invasive but can be so dynamic, life-enhancing and sustaining.
Find out more about Alexander Technique with these links;
- The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
- London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training
- The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
- Body Learning: The Alexander Technique
Evidence based research papers;
- Taking Charge; Choosing a New Direction. A Service Evaluation of Alexander Technique Lessons (SEAT) for Pain Clinic Patients: an Approach to Pain Management. UWE 2012
- Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain BMJ 2008
- Reducing employee absenteeism at Victorinox (producers of Swiss Army Knives) with the Alexander Technique
More information on past and current scientific research can be found here