Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

Myself being hypermobile, I cannot think of not doing an action right now – such as for example lifting the shopping in the supermarket or lifting a bag – without applying the Alexander Technique consciously because the dangers that can happen if I don’t do it are too many. Roxani-Eleni Garafalaki Hypermobility is the ability […]

Alexander Technique for new mothers and fathers

I’m a first-time father and the challenge of looking after my 12-week-old tests my Alexander Technique training on a daily basis. The Technique helps me look after myself when picking him up and carrying him, and helps me maintain emotional balance too. We’ve decided not to use a pushchair at all, and so are discovering […]

Alexander Technique and hanging out the washing

The birth of my first child just weeks ago significantly reduced the bandwith which the Covid crisis could take up in my mind. We were self-isolating beforehand, but now we’re in a different kind of bubble – a post-birth haze, brought on by beautiful weather, disrupted routines and lack of sleep. There is sadness of […]

Alexander Technique: cancelled for the first time in 100 years

Yesterday, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) put out a statement to its members. They’ve asked us: to cease face to face teaching with immediate effect. You may find that you can continue to contact your clients online and encourage reading about the Alexander Technique. It is a difficult decision to take […]

Alexander Technique for children: the ‘Developing Self’

This weekend I had the privilege of welcoming two of the pioneers of the Alexander Technique to Bristol: Sue Merry and Judith Kleinman.  They are both experts in bringing the Technique into educational settings, whether that’s primary and secondary schools or universities and colleges. Over two weekend workshops in Bristol, Sue and Judith introduced their work to […]

When did you stop paying attention?

I’ve recently been reading the extraordinary book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. A passage caught my eye due to its relevance to the Alexander Technique. For around 95% of our 200,000 year existence we lived hunter-gatherer lifestyles. In Harari’s words, during this period, homo sapiens: mastered not only the surrounding world of animals, plants and […]