in Midhurst and Chichester (01730) 352060
Discover freedom, balance and poise!
Imagine feeling effortlessly held and supported by your body... imagine letting go of layers of tension and stress ... imagine finding being more grounded and present to yourself and those around you ... imagine letting go of pain and stuck-ness and finding an easier way to be in the world ...
The Alexander Technique helps you to become aware of patterns of moving and being which are not helpful for you — and to learn to access more free, relaxed and beneficial ones. We work with everyday movements such as sitting, standing, speaking and walking to explore breathing, balance, support and flow. We can also work directly with skills such as music, dance, public speaking and horse riding etc. The Alexander Technique can help with problems cause by stress and excess muscular tension and strain, and is particularly well know as a holistic approach to helping back pain. It is also an excellent way to take care of yourself and maintain good functioning as you grow older.
The changes which unfold from the lessons can have a surprisingly deep effect on how you feel and function: you begin to experience a new (and almost magical) support from your postural system, resulting in a tangible feeling of being held and carried by your body. This leads to greater mental and emotional peace and calm. As a result you feel less tense and worried, and you have more energy and vitality. Problems such as chronic pain and stress often improve or disappear entirely. The positive effects of the Alexander Technique have been validated by numerous scientific studies.
The Alexander Technique can be particularly helpful for performers, and others who use a complex physical skill for enjoyment or to earn a living.
Body Process Work
Make friends with your body, express, release and integrate feelings, and move into more positive ways of being with yourself and others.
In addition to teaching Alexander Technique I also offer Body Process Work, which is a powerful approach that helps you let go of stuck feelings, trauma and disconnection, and to transform life challenges in a fresh and effective way.
Body, thoughts and emotions cannot be separated from each other! Problems such as stress, low energy, depression and relationship difficulties are not just in the mind — they also involve deep rooted patterns of tension, muscular holding and lack of support at a physical level. Working with the physical, mental and emotional levels together can often enable positive change when other approaches get stuck.
When we allow our bodies to fully feel and express, this can bypass the 'stuck record' of thoughts and beliefs and enable you to quickly let go of the past and open up to new experiences and ways of being. In the session I support you to move, vocalise and express, to explore your experience, and to find new approaches and attitudes to old problems. I also bring an understanding of the body/mind gained as an Alexander Technique teacher into the work, which provides an additional set of powerful tools and principles for integration, growth and change.
Body Process Work is particularly helpful if you feel you are not very grounded or 'in your body' and would like to feel more present and connected. Conversely it can be very helpful for people whose have a strong need to express themselves physically rather than just through words, or who find that talking alone has not enabled them to get to the root of a problem.
Music and Voice
I have been a musician all my life, and can integrate voice work and music into the work we do together where appropriate. As well as being enjoyable in its own right this can really help to free things up, and offers another avenue to look at how we may be limiting ourselves, and to find ways of being more open, expressive and connected to our bodies and feelings.
Musicians and performers click here for information about how the Alexander Technique can benefit you and performance.
Forthcoming Workshops and Events
I run regular workshops and classes — ranging from general introductions to the Alexander Technique, to workshops for singers and uncertain singers, to more eclectic events working with body-mind exploration and self expression. See details of those coming up soon below, and on the events page.