Alexander Technique Bristol
When everything is going well, we can take great joy in living to full capacity. Each day brings new and exciting opportunities and we approach our activities with balance and ease.
But for many of us, something seems to shift over the years. What used to be so easy can become an effort and a strain, diminishing our sense of freedom and maybe even the success and enjoyment we experience in our daily lives. Often we feel our only option is to put in more effort, to try harder, which only seems to compound our struggle.
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way.
For well over a hundred years the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander has been providing people from all walks of life with the tools that they need to change, to develop and to flourish in their lives.
A New Approach to Life
If you’re reading this page, the chances are that you’ve heard something about the Alexander Technique and are wondering whether it might help you. If you have an inquisitive mind and would value more ease, flexibility and freedom in both thinking and movement, then the answer is likely to be yes.
During lessons I will share with you the principles and processes of Alexander’s work, so that you can learn how to apply them with increasing success to your own life.
Each lesson is designed around you as an individual. In a practical way, we will look at your everyday or more specialist activities, depending on your particular interests. Through a combination of questions, reasoning, ‘hands on’ interactions and modelling of a new way of thinking, you will discover how you can approach your activities in a fresh, easy and more effective way.
One of the most exciting aspects of Alexander’s work is that the skills you learn in your lessons are far reaching. In fact, in time they can be applied to every element of your life, with increasing effectiveness . So whilst you may experience rapid improvement in the particular activity we focus on in an Alexander Technique lesson, the skills you will be learning can ultimately be applied to the whole of your life.
Alexander Technique Lessons, Classes and Workshops in Bristol
Update on Alexander Technique lessons during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Over the years, Alexander came to believe that the teacher using their hands during a lesson formed a fundamental part of teaching his work. It is a unique manipulation process that helps people to make changes in themselves, when they cannot change simply by hearing the teacher's words alone. Sadly this means that while so many processes are being successfully handled remotely, I'm not convinced that online work provides a satisfactory option when teaching Alexander's work.
However, this kind of close proximity, 'hands-on' work does pose a risk of viral transmission, even when both parties are wearing all the appropriate protective gear. With the country back in lockdown and the hospitals now totally overwhelmed with patients, I am therefore taking the difficult decision to refrain from Alexander teaching until the rates of infection are significantly lower.
If you would like to go on my mailing list to receive notification when my practice reopens, do drop me a line and I'll be happy to keep you informed. I am also here if you have any questions about what Alexander's work is and how it can help you.
In the meantime, I hope you remain safe and well.
Alexander Technique Introductory Group Classes
Two Hour Introduction
These two hour classes include an introductory talk and the opportunity to do some practical work in a friendly small group setting - a great way to find out if the Alexander Technique is for you.
Future dates to be confirmed
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All classes are temporarily suspended until it is safe to resume them.
Ongoing Group Classes and Private Lessons
Small group classes
These classes offer the many benefits that come from working with other people. They are suitable for all levels once you have attended an introductory session. Email or call me for further information.
Monday & Thursday evenings, 6.30-8pm
Alternate Thursday mornings, 10-11.30am
All classes currently suspended
Sessions on your own are great if you're looking for more flexibility in timings or the privacy of a class on your own. I have some day time and evening appointments available.
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Alexander Technique Teacher Training
Many people have heard of the Alexander Technique these days, but what's not always known is that Alexander's work is one of the most extraordinary and enduring methods for personal development. A number of the people who successfully complete the four year training do of course go on to teach. However, it's also quite common that trainees do part or all of the course purely for the constructive changes that they experience in their own lives. Sometimes the training is the catalyst for them finding out what they really want to do. Other times it is the very process that gives them the skills, confidence and courage to go out and do what they've always dreamed of doing.
If this appeals to you and you'd like to find out more, there is a downloadable prospectus below. For more general information about the ITM, take a look at www.itmalexandertechnique.org. You're also welcome to contact me if you have any questions.
ITM Alexander Technique Training Course Prospectus