I am a fully insured teaching member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, the leading body of Alexander Technique teachers worldwide. I teach privately from my home address in Wadhurst, and also at the WellSpring Clinic in central Tunbridge Wells.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a university graduate who went on to train as an Alexander Technique teacher at a STAT-approved 3-year full-time course in Hampstead, London 1984-1986. I have taught the Alexander Technique continuously since qualifying and have built up an extensive practice in the Wadhurst/Tunbridge Wells area during my 30+ years of teaching.
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
Teaching members of STAT are registered (MSTAT) to teach the Technique after completing an approved three-year training course or having reached a standard approved by STAT.
They are also required to adhere to the Society's published Code of Professional Conduct and Competence, and are covered by professional indemnity insurance.
I charge £44 for a 40 minute lesson.
For children under 16 the cost is £37 for a 30 minute lesson.
The Alexander Technique is a re-educative process, although people can also find the lessons deeply therapeutic. The aim of an Alexander Technique lesson is to teach the pupil how to change those habitual response patterns which shape posture and movement. These patterns can be the cause of ongoing tensions and misalignment but become so ingrained and familiar in feel that we tend not to notice them. Yet they dominate us even while we try our hardest to "do the right thing" or assimilate the effects of therapeutic treatment. Lessons in the Alexander Technique teach us how to stop such automatic reactive behaviour and in its place to lay the foundations for a freer, more aware and balanced way of moving, i.e. a better way of using ourselves. This opens the way to a lifetime of greater ease and lightness and improving ability in any sphere.
People often turn to the Alexander Technique when they have back pain, neck pain, and other muscular-skeletal problems. It addresses stress and tension-related conditions. People in sports and the performing arts find it very helpful in improving their particular skills. Underlying all these situations there is likely to be a set of postural habits which are continually implicated in the difficulty and which the pupil learns to change.
For those interested in personal development the Alexander Technique is a valuable tool. Its emphasis on mindfulness returns us from constant pre-occupation back to the present moment, and, in teaching us how to break the grip of subconscious habit, we can experience the freedom to truly change.