I have been working as a professional musician for thirty years. During that time I've had the great privilege of travelling all over the world and working with lots of amazing people. I have also taught and lectured at many schools and music colleges.
But by the time I reached my thirties I was coming up against physical limitations. Recurring back problems were costing me time and money, driving any great distance became difficult and sometimes impossible.
I was persuaded, by a friend who was then training as a teacher of the work, to try a course of Alexander Technique lessons. My first experience was such a shock, so different from anything I had been led to expect, that curiosity kept me going back as much as the benefits I was beginning to notice.
I attended my first ITM summer workshop a few months later. While there I experienced some quite profound changes, both in the other participants and in myself, and I knew then that I wanted to be involved in Alexander's work. One month later I was able to join the ITM teacher training course and I qualified in the Spring of 2003.
Besides my private practice and co-ordinating the ITM teacher training programme, I have also taught at Bath Spa University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. This year, I completed an additional 4 year training programme, and am now certified to train teachers of Alexander's work.
In case you're wondering, driving long distances is no longer a problem and I can honestly say that I am in much better shape in my fifties than I was in my mid-thirties.