Alexander Technique

London & South East

READING ~ BERKSHIRE

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Back, neck, shoulder and other muscular skeletal problems

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RSI and performance strain

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Asthma, breathing and vocal disorders

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Stress, depression and anxiety

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Mobility and problems with balance, co-ordination or movement

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Headaches, high blood pressure and other stress-related conditions, such as IBS

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Parkinson's, arthritis, sciatica and more...

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique teaches the skilful “use of the self”: how we move, how we breathe, how we learn, how we organise our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how we choose our reactions in increasingly demanding situations.

It follows therefore that the Alexander Technique can have a positive effect on a wide range of stresses and ailments, including back, neck or shoulder pain and other muscular/skeletal problems, headaches, RSI, breathing difficulties, sports and performance strain, stress related conditions, anxiety and depression; as well as enhancing performance, improving vitality and general wellbeing

A Technique for Living and a Technique for Life

There have been many words written about the Alexander Technique, but most people (including me when I first started years ago) find that these only really make sense when they experience it! But in essence, the Alexander Technique is a technique that teaches us how to use our body in a more efficient and healthier way. It is taught individually and anyone can learn it.

The Alexander Technique is a method of mental and physical re-education. It is concerned with thinking as well as activity, and it teaches us how to ‘use’ ourselves to best advantage in all our daily activity. It is widely recognised as an effective means of alleviating or preventing back and other muscular-skeletal pain and many other disorders.

So often we build up unnecessary habits of muscular tension over the years. We are usually unaware of these until they cause us pain and discomfort, but every day they are stopping us moving in an effortless and dynamic way and fulfilling our true potential. The Alexander Technique helps us recognise and prevent these unnecessary tensions.

It is a tool for life.

Alexander Technique, Reading, Berkshire

I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my life. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.

John Cleese Comedian & Actor
John Cleese

It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.

Patrick Maddams MD Royal Academy of Music
Patrick Maddams

The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.

William Hurt Actor
William Hurt

I realise that I cannot control a set of circumstances outside myself so I can go on a journey relying on the state of mind and body that Alexander Technique gives me.

Alan Rickman Actor
Alan Rickman

The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life.

Greg Chappell Cricketer
Greg Chappell

The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being.

Joan Bakewell Broadcaster & Writer
Joan Bakewell

The Alexander Technique really works!  I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.

Roald Dahl Author
Roald Dahl

How can the Alexander Technique help you?

By learning to stop interfering with our natural functioning, the Alexander Technique can help everyone to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. It is a highly practical method for self-improvement and self-help. Anyone can benefit and the Technique has been learned and used by people from all walks of life.

YOU GAIN…

  • Poise, vitality and improved co-ordination
  • Freer and lighter movement
  • Easier breathing and speaking
  • Stamina and strength
  • Relief from aches and pains

YOU BECOME…

  • Alert and focused, with less strain
  • Balanced and relaxed, without stiffness
  • More confident and self-reliant
  • Calmer and more effective
  • Less tired and fatigued

    YOU CAN…

    • Think more clearly
    • Recover from injury and illness more quickly
    • Deal with stress better
    • Cope with chronic illness, disability & life change
    • Perform more easily and effectively

    As our overall condition improves, many specific symptoms start to disappear. Many people therefore come to the Alexander Technique to deal with specific conditions, such as:

    • Back, neck, shoulder and other muscular skeletal problems
    • RSI and performance strain
    • Migraines and headaches
    • Asthma, breathing and vocal disorders
    • Stress, depression and anxiety
    • Problems with co-ordination or movement
    • Rehabilitation after operations, injury or illness
    • Stress related conditions, such as IBS
    • High blood pressure
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Osteo-arthritis
    • Sciatica
    • ME/Chronic fatigue syndrome 
    • Pregnancy related discomfort

      How do you learn Alexander Technique?

      ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE LESSONS IN READING

      You can learn the Alexander Technique through one-to-one lessons with me at my practice in the centre of Reading, Berkshire. Learning the Technique involves changing long-standing habits of movement, and relies on your active participation.

      The Technique involves no specific exercises, requires no special equipment, and can be practised wherever you are. It is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical mobility.

      Through experience and observation you gain increased awareness, enabling you to change long-standing habits and to function more efficiently. In time you will be able to use your new understanding and skill in more complex and demanding activities; you can bring the awareness and poise of the Technique to anything you do.

      The number of lessons you take will depend on your particular needs and goals, but regular lessons, at least at the beginning, are important. Many people start with two a week, but this is not always practical for everyone and I will discuss your individual situation and needs with you.

      Alexander Technique, Reading, Berkshire

      Appointments & Fees

      ONE Alexander Technique Lesson in a Week
      45 minutes : £45.00

      TWO Alexander Technique Lessons in a Week
      2 x 45 minutes : £80.00

      Appointments are available Monday to Friday.
      Some early evening and Saturday appointments can be made.