Pregnancy and the Alexander Technique

Pregnancy - Adjusting to the Bump I love working with pregnant women. During pregnancy, a woman's body is changing rapidly. It’s important to develop good habits early on to help avoid back pain. I help women to strengthen their back and to find … [Read more...]

Lying down – Mindful rest

Lying down - simple but effective Alexander Technique lying down is a simple but highly effective way of relaxing the mind and body.  The semi-supine position involves lying on your back with your knees bent and with books under the head to keep the … [Read more...]

Working on a horse’s saddle

Why use a saddle? Once someone has had a few lessons, we may look at saddle work on a specially made wooden trestle. The body can often balance more easily on the saddle so it is useful to explore tightness in the legs and hip joints. And if … [Read more...]

Head Neck Balance – Part 3

Let's have a think about the head neck balance. The skull has two dents on its base that sit on the top vertebra. They can be thought of as two rockers that sit in the two cups of the vertebra. The drawing above shows the rocker from the side. The … [Read more...]

Night night sleep tight or tension and insomnia?

  Do you get a good night's sleep? 'Night night sleep tight' is OK if it means sleeping well but if tight means holding tension, then it's not such a great phrase. Sleeping positions I am asked regularly about the best positions for … [Read more...]

Good posture when breastfeeding – bottle feeding too!

Feeding a baby can take up a fair proportion of a parent's day and so it’s important to be comfortable both for yourself and for your baby. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, it’s easy to focus more on the baby than yourself and this is … [Read more...]

Perfection Schmerfection

One of the many thought-provoking pieces of advice that I was given by my Alexander Teacher, Lizzie Atkinson, was: Perfection is a stick to beat yourself up with If you look for a perfection, to be perfect in something, you may need to wait a … [Read more...]

Scoliosis and the Alexander Technique

A colleague in the States, Professor Galen Cranz, has recorded 4 short videos describing her personal experience of scoliosis which she's had since childhood and these are well worth watching, particularly if you have scoliosis yourself or know … [Read more...]

Alexander Technique in Education

There's a fantastic short video about how the Alexander Technique works in education, whether normal schools or music or drama colleges. It's beautifully shot and is very clear and informative. Well worth at least one look. Here's the … [Read more...]

Walter Carrington – centenary celebrations

We celebrated what would have been Walter Carrington's 100th birthday this week at my Alexander Technique training school. Walter and his wife, Dilys, ran the school for many decades and I was so lucky to have trained with them - they were well into … [Read more...]