I graduated from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre in 1999, after completing the 3 year full time training course, approved and certified by The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique or STAT. As a member of STAT I am fully insured and CRB approved.
I run a successful practice in Surrey teaching one to one lessons full time, regularly giving introductory talks and workshops, both within the corporate and private sector and for the NHS. I also enjoy teaching the principles of the Alexander Technique as group work, looking at the different aspects of body mindfulness.
I continue to learn not only about the Alexander Technique but the many aspects of the body and our relationship to it; it is my passion. I feel very fortunate to have found a career in which I am able to facilitate life changing experiences for others and continue to learn about a subject which not only enhances my life but increases my knowledge of who I am.
We are born with this body, a magnificent machine, but without the user manual. The work of FM Alexander is the user manual!
I first heard of the Alexander Technique when I was whilst suffering from headaches. It was suggested that it might be related to my very poor posture, I was tall for my age and very shy which I believe contributed to me becoming very round shouldered. It was also suggested that I may find the Alexander lessons helpful. So my mother took me along to a local teacher for Alexander lessons; 30 mins a week for about 4 months. My headaches disappeared and on the occasion when I could feel one on its way, I would practise what I had been taught and all was then well. I remembered thinking at the time "what a lovely way to earn a living" and indeed it is!
It was 10 years later that I started my training at the Brighton Alexander Training Centre with Carolyn Nicholls & John Nicholls. It is a 3 year, full time training course which is approved & certified by The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). STAT was established in 1958 and now has over 2500 members worldwide, all of whom adhere to a published code of ethics. It is the largest governing body for the Alexander Technique.
Over a decade later I run a busy practise teaching lessons one to one. The Alexander Technique is still relatively unknown so I spend a proportion of my working time raising its awareness by giving talks, holding workshops and teaching small groups the principles of the Alexander Technique as an introduction to Mind & Body Awareness Action.
I am very grateful that the Alexander Technique is part of my life – in all honesty there is no way of knowing the condition that my body would be in now if it hadn't become a part of my life, but I can say for certain that the good use I now have gives me a very strong and supportive back with a freedom and ease of moment throughout my whole structure. I have also found practising the Alexander Technique gives me mental clarity and a feeling of calm often to the point of emotional upliftment. I feel that it is a tool which brings a deeper understanding of me.