have asked several of our pupils to provide a comment
on their experience of taking lessons with us and generally about the
55 yr old medical practitioner who 10 yrs ago had a motor car accident
sustaining a whiplash injury. 6 yrs ago, I suffered a fractured lumbar
vertebra during a sporting accident and 2 yrs ago a lumbar disc injury
during another motor vehicle accident. As a result of all
these injuries, I had been suffering with considerable pain in my neck
lower back especially at night.
Alexander Technique (AT) by accident when reading
information about AT in a friend's waiting room. Having then read all
the available books (7) about AT, I attended 10 sessions with an AT
teacher. As a result of the changes which occurred to my behaviour
posture and movements, I am now pain free and do not take medications.
also comment that I look well - as promised in one of the books!
since referred 10 of my patients with long term spinal
AT teaching. All of them found AT very useful with some reporting great
improvements. Ever since, I refer to the Alexander Technique as " The
best kept secret in Medicine".
Practitioner - (contact details available on request)
I was 10 years old I was involved in an accident that inflamed my spine
damaged my coccyx. I was in constant pain and going to a chiropractor
every week for the next five years with no relief. I finally stopped
the chiropractic and eventually I became numb to the pain and
occasion was unable
When I was 25 I was introduced to the
Alexander Technique. Not
only has my pain diminished dramatically, but after 6 years of learning
to be aware of my use, it has almost gone completely. I spent time in
my lessons with Annie Robinson learning about pain management and this
has been one of the most important skills that I have learned in
relation to the Alexander Technique.
I am very grateful both to Annie
and Richard, and Vivien Mackie for their guidance and teaching me a
skill that I can use to increase my quality of life for the rest of my
Jennifer Tingley - musician
have taught me an appreciation for the richness of non-doing and how
that eventuates into a release of greater length and width in my
Annie's clear directions, understanding of develomental movements,
experience of Tai Chi helped make the lessons functional. The teaching
adds to the quality of my professional and personal life.
Anna Steenhausen - physiotherapist and
"I first heard
about Alexander Technique from a current affair programme and at once
decided it give it a try. At the time, being in my early 50s,
was experiencing regular bouts of severe headache resulting in vomiting
and having to go to bed. This necessitated my going to a
who relieved the problem for a few weeks, and then the cycle repeated
itself. I had also tried chiropractic, acupuncture and
massage. At the same time I was experiencing severe
backache. I have had poor posture all my life (being told to
“sit up straight Helen” never helped). I
myself being a very stooped, pain ridden person by the time I was 60.
The results were amazing. I felt totally different as I found out how
to give directions that immediately showed me a better way of managing
myself as I went about my life. The wonderful thing was that the
headaches left as I learnt new habits of management. My posture has
improved as I continue to implement what I have been taught. I feel
like a new woman and was told the same by my friends. I
praise the Alexander Technique enough and the expert advice that
Richard provides me with whenever I see him.
I had my 60th
Birthday last year
and am so thankful that I went to that first lesson. I know
has given me a quality of life that would otherwise not have been
Helen Whitford - Rockingham WA.