I love teaching the Alexander Technique
My pupils include horse riders, singers, musicians, people with back pain, people with respiratory problems, people who want to improve their wellbeing by using their bodies better. They range in age from 8 to 87 and come from all walks of life. I can honestly say that anyone can benefit from lessons.
In addition to my private practice I run a STAT approved Alexander Technique Teacher Training Programme, and postgraduate refresher courses in the UK and internationally. I gave the F.M. Alexander Memorial lecture in Edinburgh in 2003 and the inaugural F. M. Alexander memorial lecture in New Zealand in 2005. I was named an international ‘second generation’ continuous learning teachers for the 8th International Alexander Technique Congress in Lugano, Switzerland in 2008. I was the Keynote speaker for the 2014 Australian AT teachers Conference so went ‘down under’ in May 2014. I returned to Melbourne in May 2018 to work with teachers I had trained 20 + years ago! I’ve just returned from Copenhagen, where I gave a postgraduate workshop for the Danish Teachers society (Oct 2018)
I feel privileged to have been trained by Walter and Dilys Carrington at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, qualifying in 1982. Walter ran Alexander’s own training course and took over at Alexander’s death in 1955. He ran a remarkable course, together with Dilys and other teachers up to his own death in 2005. Dilys was a very creative teacher who influenced the development of what is known as ‘hand-on’ skills, the subtle, elastic quality that defines a good Alexander teachers hands.
I am a teaching member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and I received a Masters Degree from the University of East London for my research into the specialised use of the hands in Alexander Technique.
I have a second master at West Dean College in Creative Writing. I have a background in textiles, embroidery and photography and I play the piano (not brilliantly I might add-but I love it and it comes in handy when I teach pianists in my private practice).
My first book, Body, Breath & Being, was published in September 2008. It is a wonderful introduction to the Alexander Technique as well as a working manual for those having lessons.
I am the Alexander Technique consultant to the back pain trials run by the Primary Care Research within Medicine at the University of Southampton and very much enjoy the clinical research which I believe will ultimately make the Alexander Technique accessible to more people. You can see me in this video!
I carry professional insurance, abide by a code of conduct and hold a current CRB check.