Here are some nice testimonials from my students at Associated Studios where I teach free lance on the advanced opera course. They pick it up so fast and find it so useful for their singing and their performing. I bring a team of teachers in with me who want the experience, so they get a lot of hands-on work too.
Click on this for the fall article about a pilot scheme to help older people with a fear of falling.
My own husband has balance issues and he has learnt from me how to roll over onto all fours to get up. Last time on slippy leaves, he managed fine – no broken bones or bruises… just the slight shock we all have when the pavement comes up to meet us unexpectedly!
I know from my own experience with Guida, a client in Sevenoaks, how Alexander helps with neck pain. Guida was unable to turn her head at all when she first came to me. Her neck was rigid and causing her such pain she was crying sometimes. Within three months the pain had gone, and a year later, most of her movement has returned. Hurray!
A paper was recently published on self efficacy:
‘A further publication from the ATLAS neck pain trial concludes that Alexander lessons lead to long-term improvements in the way people live their daily lives and manage their pain.
It reports a positive outcome from learning the AT on people’s self-efficacy and ability for self-care, and highlights the correlation between these improvements and the long-term improvements in chronic neck pain.
One of the authors, Professor Hugh MacPherson from the University of York, describes it as a landmark study for many years to come and has said that it really does set out the role of self-care and self-efficacy as key components related to the benefits of the AT.
The paper is published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine and is free for everyone to view.
New research suggests that the learning the Alexander Technique can help older people who worry about falling.
I never thought I could do that…: Findings from an Alexander Technique pilot group for older people with a fear of falling.
A new pilot study co-authored by Lesley Glover & Jane Clappison both MSTAT teachers, along with colleagues from the University of Hull, has been published. The research supports the fact that participating in Alexander Technique (AT) group classes can be helpful for older people with a fear of falling. The study is small but the findings from participant focus group discussions show that the AT can help this group to do things they did not think they could do. It also suggests that taking part in AT group classes empowered them to make different choices about what they do and dont do, and how they do it. Participants developed a new understanding of how they could move and they reported that they enjoyed learning the AT.
This study provides further information about the ways in which learning the AT helps individuals and is consistent with the recently published findings from the ATLAS trial that learning the AT helps with self-care and self-efficacy.
The paper is published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine and you can access it free via this link until 26th January 2018
Here’s a gift voucher I have designed for Christmas. You are welcome to print this off, stick it onto a Christmas card and send it to as many friends as you like. However I will expect payment! So anytime one of your friends contacts me for a lesson I will contact you to reimburse me by bank transfer BEFORE the lesson is taken. The lesson costs £65 and lasts an hour.
Talk and tea this Friday 8th December 6.30 – 7.30 at my teaching room in Old Street.
Come for tea and Christmas biccies with spectacular night time views over Central London for talk and laughter on: ‘What are the main teachings of Alexander Technique?’ including festive readings of poems that for me describe the essence of Alexander. Clearly the last session had a lot of ‘up’ in it! And the other picture? One of my own teachers, Tommy Thompson, which describes the work wonderfully. Only £5! Let me know you want to come on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you address
‘The theme of this year’s Awareness week is lying down in semi-supine as something to take the stress away.
If you would like a lying down special with me for only £20 to celebrate this week you can email me on email@example.com
anytime from now until Friday 13th. If I can’t fit it in during the week itself then we can do it the week after.
This Friday 6th October 6 – 7 pm the next in the series of talks on Alexander Technique, all welcome, beginners to teachers, this week Answering Questions SO bring your questions along and I will endeavour to answer them….What IS inhibition? How many lessons do I need? How do I train? What do I do now I have finished training? How does it help stress levels? Is there an emotional content to the work, or purely musculo-skeletal?
Places limited so please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
Penny with jazz singer Louise working together in the summer.
Very pleased to share that NICE have updated its guidelines to include Alexander as a way of managing motor and non-motor symptoms.
‘1.7.4 Consider the Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson’s disease who are experiencing balance or motor function problems.’
Really excellent blog that includes all instances of research and other testimonies, in case there is any doubt that this stuff works!