Alexander Technique - Jacky Morgan BSc ITM

Session Times:  Wednesday 9am to 11am - Group Session (max 4 people)
                                                   11.15 to 1pm - One to One appointments
Lessons are booked in blocks of 10
Prices: Group Sessions: £20 per 1.5 hour session
              One to One : £35 per 45 minute session

Jacky trained for 4 years (qualifying in 2001) to become an ITM Alexander teacher and teaches regularly on the current training course and summer workshops. She is currently learning to train new teachers. Professional development is ongoing on a monthly basis.

ITM stands for ‘interactive teaching method’, which is one of the many approaches to teaching the work of F M Alexander.
 
WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
For over a hundred years, the Alexander Technique has brought benefits to hundreds of thousands of people. Founded upon the discoveries of F.M. Alexander, the Alexander Technique has evolved into one of the most powerful tools available today for studying thinking in relation to movement.

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869 – 1955) was an Australian actor who, in the process of overcoming his own difficulties with vocal production, began a life-long study of human performance.

It is a flexible, fun and practical approach to learning in order to bring about what Alexander called ‘a whole new way of life.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Muscles are the perfect servants. They do exactly as they are told by our minds, so I’ll be working with your thinking primarily, and in that process physical problems may disappear.

You can learn to change your thinking in such a way that allows the true relaxation of muscles and consequent release of stiff joints.

As a result this may relieve chronic musculo-skeletal conditions and you will experience increased flexibility discovering a natural poise – whatever your age. It is a process of breaking down mental and physical habits.

You will learn a new way of thinking

WHAT TO EXPECT 
After taking a history, the teacher will give you a short introduction on the fundamental ideas in the Alexander Technique. This will give you an understanding of how it can address your specific interests and concerns. It will also help you to decide if this is an approach that will appeal to you.
In ‘lessons’ the teacher uses her hands as well as relevant discussion and sharing of information to teach the work. The “hands on” element is non invasive.

Each lesson will give you the experience of how to apply the principles and ideas directly to your everyday lives.

The teacher will encourage you to ask questions and all lessons are designed to address your specific needs and circumstances. You will have your lessons whilst doing activities. We have even been to the golf driving range!

There is no need to wear anything special, come in your everyday clothes.

WILL IT HELP ME?
As will all therapies, the effectiveness of this technique varies from person to person, but is generally understood that long term, regular practice can improve general well being, and therefore can help to alleviate some of the physical symptoms of anxiety and stress conditions. Other conditions the technique may benefit are:
  • Muscle tension and stiffness
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Stiffness and muscle fatigue associated with Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic back pain (BMJ 2008)
  • Poor posture
  • Fatigue
  • 'Wear and tear'
Or you can have lessons to improve your performance:

Learning the AT improves ease and consistency of performance in everyday activities like walking, sitting or using a computer plus more specialised pursuits like playing music, tennis, golf, singing or cycling. Because of the change in thinking that takes place it even helps with emotional problems and depression.

You will learn skills that will help you for the rest of your life

Your first lesson will usually be sitting, as it is a simple activity to start with. As your lessons progress, you can use any activity you choose to explore how to apply the ideas in the work to your daily life. All lessons are scheduled for 45 minutes.