Dip. Therapeutic Massage (DTM)
Alexander Technique Teacher (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique - STAT)
07867 638 855
Alexander Technique appointment £35
Karen brings her love of movement, teaching and over 20 years experience as a massage therapist and body worker to her Alexander Technique practice. Her first experience of the Alexander Technique was over 10 years ago, on a training day for massage therapists. She was immediately inspired by what she experienced and embarked on a journey of learning the technique herself and training as a teacher over 5 years at the Fellside Centre in Kendal and the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School She has experienced the benefits of learning and using the Technique herself. She is committed to her continuing personal and professional development and so regularly attends the Manchester school as a graduate as well as attending conferences and courses on the Alexander technique. She is member of the oldest, largest professional body of Alexander technique teachers, Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
What is the Alexander Technique?
How we react to the stresses and strains of everyday life can cause us physical and mental strain. Theses unhelpful habits can cause common aches and pain, illness and injury. Whatever your age, state of health or ability the Alexander Technique (AT) can help you to reach your full potential in both every day and specialist activities through supporting you to develop more helpful reactions. The AT teaches us about "use of the self", i.e. how we use ourselves when moving, resting, breathing, learning, organising our awareness and focus of attention.
It can help you get stronger, have more stamina, become more relaxed, think more clearly, recover from injury more quickly and Improve balance, stability and coordination. Many people choose to learn the Alexander Technique simply because they want to change conditions that stop them enjoying a happy, healthy life.
I teach the Alexander Technique through one-to-one lessons that address your individual needs.
What happens in a lesson?
After taking some brief details from you I will use gentle hands-on guidance and verbal explanations to guide you through simple movements and everyday activities such as sitting, standing, walking or bending and talking. Part of the lesson may include lying down, on table, in the Alexander Technique semi-supine position allowing your back to relax and expand with maximum support. You remain fully clothed throughout and it is useful to wear unrestrictive clothing such as trousers or leggings. It is helpful if you remove your shoes. Although you will not be engaging in any kind of strenuous exercise, the lesson relies on your active participation.
How many lessons should I have?
Your progress and particular needs and goals will determine the number of lessons you decide to take. Many people notice benefits from the first lesson and you are welcome to book an introductory first lesson so you can see if the technique is right for you. Habits develop over time and it takes time to change these patterns. 6-10 lessons is a good foundation for this. Further lessons are recommended to support you in integrating the Technique more fully into your life. I give a discount if you buy 10 sessions.