I am a highly experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique, having maintained a private practice and taught in conservatoires and colleges for more than 30 years in London, Manchester and Cheshire. I have worked with people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
I trained as a teacher in London with Walter Carrington, who was trained by Alexander himself in the 1930s. For many years, both before and after my training, I studied extensively with almost all of the surviving teachers who had trained with Alexander.
I have a lively interest in a wide range of applications of the A.T., including the alleviation of the pain and discomfort that can be caused by habitual errors of posture and movement, the enhancement of performance skills in athletes, dancers, public speakers, musicians and singers, and helping people to discover the greater vitality and the calmness of mind that is a part of the attainment of physical poise.
I have a longstanding special interest in the training and professional development of Alexander Technique teachers. I currently lead a weekly class for qualified A.T. teachers, trainee A.T. teachers and experienced students and will be leading the re-opened STAT recognised Manchester Alexander Technique Teachers' Training School (MATTS) from early next year.
I am a teaching member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) of more than 30 years’ standing, and am bound by the Society’s published Code of Professional Conduct and Competence.
STAT was founded in 1958 with the objectives of ensuring high standards of teacher training and practice, and to promote public awareness of the Technique. It is the world’s oldest and largest professional body of Alexander Technique teachers. The great majority of qualified teachers in the UK and Ireland are members of STAT and most teachers around the world are members of an affiliated society.
Membership of the Society requires the possession of professional indemnity insurance and an enhanced disclosure DBS (previously CRB) certificate together with barred lists checks for the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
I am a practitioner member of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA). The BAPCA was formed in 1989 for practitioners committed to the person-centred approach as the core of their professional work. The person-centred approach to education aims to create a comfortable and non-judgemental environment in which people are free to learn.
I am a member of the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA). The BHMA was formed in 1983 by a group of medical doctors and students wishing to promote a more holistic attitude to medicine, an approach that considers the whole person, including mind, body and 'spirit', and supports the use of effective alternative approaches to health.