Alexander Technique Teacher
Apologies for any inconvenience but I am at present taking a break from teaching until further notice.
I qualified as an Alexander Technique (A.T) teacher in 1987 and am a professional member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT).
AT Teaching History
Since moving from the Midlands to the North East I have been in continuous full time private practice for 27 years. During this time my work has essentially covered Tyneside, Teesside and County Durham.
My teaching practice now covers an area from County Durham to Teesside. I am based at my home studio in Stockton-on-Tees and from Alington House Community Association in Durham City Centre.
Most of my work involves lessons with individuals, I also run introductory courses and workshops, including groups and organizations on request, these have included Redcar Collage, Durham University Stockton campus, Middlesbrough University and Durham University Music department.
(For further information on courses see Lessons and Workshops page on the menu bar.)
My life-changing Alexander journey - read my article on pages 18 and 19 of Back Care/Talk Back magazine winter 2012/13.
The results published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2008 of the "randomised controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain" (www.bmj.com), has brought about a recent upsurge of interest in the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique is renown for it's benefits not only for back sufferers but for people from all walks of life. Alexander Technique is popular among performing artists. Most leading music, drama and dance colleges have incorporated the Technique as part of their training.
Many people recognise the benefits of practicing FM Alexander's unique method of conscious awareness. The intimate co-ordination of mind and body working as one is a basic principle. Learning the Technique can enhance any particular skill, such as a sport, playing a musical instrument, horse riding, performance skills etc as well as our mental health in relation to the stresses of life and the activities of every day living.
Alexander Technique has been known to benefit the following:
Posture, back, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive stress injuries, frozen shoulder, knees and feet problems, voice disorders, balance, singing, pre performance nerves, aches, pains, strains, tiredness, stress, anxiety, underachievement.
My background prior to A.T. was in teaching and performing dance, drama and music to children, teenagers and adults including children and adults with special needs. I trained at the Laban Art of Movement Centre in 1973. At this time I was introduced to the AT, as I was suffering with my back. I trained at Kidderminster College in 1976 to teach drama to youth and adults. In 1978 I produced Oliver for a West Midlands based amateur Operatic Soc.
For the next 3 years I became self employed teaching and performing dance and drama privately and in schools. I set up my own dance solo show using original music and worked with a poet to include the spoken word. Costumes were designed in collaboration with a dress maker. The show toured in the West Midlands.
In 1982 I became involved with a dance company of 3 women and we toured in the West Midlands giving performances and workshops in schools and to the general public.
A.T. lessons began in earnest during this time, shortly followed by joining the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) Training Course in 1983 and in 2009 I became a member of STAT.
The AT has given me a rational and positive method of managing life with a problematic back and enabled me to develop a positive change in point of view.