I am a fully qualified Alexander Technique Teacher and a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). As a member of STAT I am fully insured and adhere to the Society’s published Code of Professional Conduct. I am DBS certificated (which was previously the enhanced CRB) which enables me to work with children. My training was at the London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training (LCATT). This is a STAT accredited school and the course took three years full time. I have also completed specialised Postgraduate training for Alexander Teachers working in Education. This is certified by The Charity for the F Matthias Alexander Technique and run by ‘The Developing Self’, click here to go to their website.
Since graduating I have worked with small groups, taking workshops and group classes. This includes workshops for Physiotherapists, Enfield Music Service and classes for elderly people. I work at Educare Small School Kingston, a small private nursery and primary school that has Alexander Technique at its core (click here to see a short film about Alexander in Education, it includes myself and some of the work I do at Educare). I am also an assistant teacher for The Developing Self, a specialised postgraduate training course for Alexander teachers working in Education.Additionally I have worked one to one with clients with varying concerns, including back and neck pain, anxiety and panic attacks, voice problems, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and Hypermobility Syndrome.
I have also had the opportunity to assist the Alexander Technique teachers at the Royal College of Music. Music, drama and dance are other areas where the technique is frequently used. Pupils learn to improve their use, decrease performance anxiety and reduce problems like RSI, which can be created by bad use and excess tension while practicing.
After Graduating from University I worked as a personal fitness trainer. An injury to my lower back caused sciatic pain, which reoccured quite frequently. The on-going situation made me re-look at my use and on recommendation I started Alexander Technique lessons. During my lessons I was made aware of my habits of movement and use that were exasperating my back condition. I learnt to use myself in a more co-ordinated, efficient and easier way.
After I had my son, I wanted to explore different ways I could teach and reignite the love I had of teaching children. I worked as an educational volunteer for National Trust property for 18 months. I helped lead drama workshops and the key stage 2 Tudor Schools programme. Then for two years I was a teaching assistant in a primary school. During this time I realised how teachers and children in schools would benefit greatly from Alexander Technique. At this point I made a decision to train as an AT teacher, thinking that it would not only greatly benefit myself, but to hopefully share this knowledge with adults and children alike.