The Alexander Technique gives us new ways of seeing our problems and effective tools for solving them, first in ourselves and then in our jobs, relationships, lives.
For more than thirty years I worked as a professional musician. During that time I had the great privilege of travelling all over the world and working with lots of amazing people. I also taught and lectured at many schools and music colleges.
But by the time I reached my mid-thirties I was coming up against physical limitations. Recurring back problems were costing me time and money, and driving any great distance became difficult and sometimes impossible.
A friend persuaded me to try a course of Alexander Technique lessons. My first experience was such a surprise, 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 myself and in the other participants, 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 programme and I qualified in the Spring of 2003.
Today I help coordinate ITM training courses. Besides this and my private practice, I have also taught at Bath Spa University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2012 I took on an additional 4 years of study so that I could start 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 thirties.