So, you've had an Alexander Technique lesson...

A first lesson can be a confusing experience. One might feel great after the lesson but wonder how it's going to help with the rest of your life.

Here are some reminders of points that I usually cover in a first Alexander Technique lesson and a reminder to lie down in semi-supine position whenever you wish - and whenever you can.

  • practise lying down for short periods as often as you can during the day. Use it as an opportunity to release the shoulders and feel the neck soften and the head lengthen away from the body.

  • in any movement, or at any time look out for unnecessary tension in your action - for example: how tightly do you hold your toothbrush?

  • think about the joint where the head meets the neck, it might be higher up than you thought before, and deeper inside the skull. Practise thinking about release, how the head can fall forward from that point, as the plastic skull fell forward on your hand. Can you 'think freedom' into that joint?

  • in your fitness activities and when you are standing and sitting think about deep hinge at the hips, hips back and knees forward. 

  • practise 'standing on your sitting bones' rather than sitting. 

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'After every lesson with Kathy, I felt more relaxed, centred, and whole. Kathy has wonderful hands; warm, sensitive and in control. Through the lessons, I became more attuned to my own posture and habits, so that I was able to adjust my working practice towards a more healthy and sustainable one.' Rachel. Visual Artist

Having Alexander Technique sessions with Kathy made me more aware how the my body works. This gave me an insight as to how to improve everyday movement. I learned something new every lesson. 

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Kathy is kind and patient and I always leave the lessons feeling a bit more free in my body. I have back pain from scoliosis. (After lessons) I find that the pressure on my back is noticeably reduced. Alexander Technique will make you more curious about the way you move and why when doing habitual things. And the lessons are always with a sense of humour too.

Alex Lawther, Actor

Kathy’s such a skilled teacher, bringing insight and humour to guide gently in using the body in much more skilful ways. I’ve seen a huge difference in higher levels of energy - and lower levels of pain - since working with her. And it’s a lot of fun too!

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