“Each week I learn something new about the way in which my thinking affects my movement. I have found movement in my upper body that I’ve been seeking for years.”
– Rosie, riding instructor
Alexander Technique classes in south Bristol
As the UK begins to open up again, I am delighted to welcome you once more into Mr Alexander's fascinating work.
For the time being, I will be teaching one-to-one lessons but not group classes, unless the members of the group are in the same bubble or household. I will continue to follow the latest government guidance on infection control, full details of which will be made available on booking a lesson.
If I were asked to sum up what the Alexander Technique is all about in one word, that word would be flexibility.
By far the most common reason that students come to see me is because of some kind of restriction. Often their movement is limited because of some kind of strain or pain that’s getting in their way and preventing them from doing things they really want to do. Sometimes people just feel “stuck” and don’t really know why. Fortunately, Alexander gave us a solution that’s simple and fun to learn.
For over fifteen years, I have been working as an Alexander Technique teacher in Bristol, helping people to move beyond their current limitations and get more out of whatever it is they want to do in life. Students are often surprised to discover just how flexible the human body is, and how easy movement can be.
But “flexibility” can mean more than just easy physical movement. It can also be used to talk about how we approach life in general, how we approach tasks, how we go about solving problems or deal with stressful situations. Life is so much easier if we can be flexible, adaptable, creative and able to change our responses quickly.
Alexander’s work changed my life completely and I’ve seen it make a huge difference in the lives of others. I’d love to share it with you.
Take it for a test-drive
The introductory lesson is an opportunity to experience the practical side of the work, without commitment, to see if this approach is right for you. For more information or to book a session you can contact me here:
Alexander Technique lessons and workshops in Bristol
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Find out more
In the following pages I will explain more about how the technique works, a little about myself and why I got involved in the work, and the different ways in which you can learn this process.
Mendip Road is on Windmill Hill, just a little way south of Bristol city centre, near St. Mary Redcliffe. It is a short walk (no more than five minutes) from Bedminster train station, which has regular links to Temple Meads.
We are also close to several major bus routes, including the 75, 76, 90 and M1 stopping on Dalby Avenue, and the 22 on St John’s Lane.
You can view a map here:
Welcome to my Blog
I have a new blog for those interested in reading more deeply into Alexander's ideas, and my latest post has just gone live.
These are more like articles than classic 'blogs', my aim being to shed some light on Alexander's principles and the practical work, with the benefit of 20+ years of study and experience. I hope you will find them entertaining as well as informative.
Here is the most recent post:
What's a "primary control" and why should I care?
Alexander's new toy
In most conventional Alexander Technique schools, you will encounter a concept known as “primary control”. This is a term that Alexander introduced into his teaching in the 1930’s and used extensively in his book The Use of The Self, published in 1932. The phrase also appears in a modified form in The Universal Constant in Living, published in 1941.
The way Alexander talked about this phenomenon is not always easy to follow. Some of the references are quite ambiguous or depend on an understanding of other technical terms that Alexander routinely used. For my money, one of the.....continue reading
You can read all of my posts HERE.