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I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my life. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.
JOHN CLEESE (Actor/Comedian)
The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being.
JOAN BAKEWELL (Broadcaster/Writer)
The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life.
GREG CHAPPELL (Cricketer)
The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.
WILLIAM HURT (Actor)
The Alexander Technique really works! I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.
ROALD DAHL (Author)
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WINDLESHAM, BAGSHOT -
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Quintin Norris mstat llam
Tel : 07502 304035 / 01885 788276
Lessons in Windlesham, Bagshot
Surrey / Hampshire / Berkshire Border
News and Research
The British Medical Journal concludes that :
“One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
WHO'S WALKING TALL?
Some of the famous faces who swear by the Alexander Technique
SIR YEHUDI MENUHIN
DAME JUDI DENCH
The Power of Posture
An article about good posture might not be the first thing you would expect to find in The Economist. But a recent edition highlights new research which demonstrates the psychological benefits of posture. It concludes that the way we stand and hold ourselves can have a dramatic effect on how successful we are and how we feel about ourselves and others.
Read The Economist article here>>
This is something that we in the Alexander Community have known for a very long time. The 'stand up straight, shoulders back and chest out' stance illustrated by the Sergeant Major in the article isn't really the kind of 'good posture' that we would encourage however!
The Core Stability Myth
As we go into another New Year and many of us resolve to 'get fit', recent research gives us cause for concern...
According to a recent article in The Times, the founding principles of Pilates and the mainstay of many gym regimes are flawed.
In recent years the central message we get at the gym is that the deeply embedded muscles in our trunk must be strong if we are to look good, stand up straight and have bodies that move freely and without pain. Few gym workouts are conducted without the instruction to “engage” the core by pulling in the belly button and sucking in the stomach!
But among exercise scientists there is growing dissent about whether this pursuit is worthwhile or even safe. Read The Times article here>>
In the Alexander world, this is a welcome challenge. We do not consider muscles to be things to be stretched and pressed and bullied into shape. They will support us perfectly well if given the right 'direction'! As you can find out in an Alexander lesson...
Victoria Beckham Fights Poor Posture with the Alexander Technique
She's been wearing towering stilettos her whole life -
Instead of ditching the heels in favour of a nice pair of flatties however, Victoria has turned to the Alexander Technique.
It seems years of bad postural habits have ‘caused her bones to be improperly aligned, with her muscles, joints and ligaments taking more stress than they should'.
The Alexander Technique appears to be doing the trick. A friend of Mrs Beckham said, ‘You can tell that something is working as the years of Victoria's shoulders being slumped are now over'.
"... feeling so much better..."
Many actors, singers, dancers and other performers practise the Technique in an attempt
to improve movement, co-
Exciting research has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that proves
that the Alexander Technique is an effective treatment for long-
The Study was published in the BMJ on 20 August 2008 -
Link to the Science
Links to the Headlines
The Telegraph, 20 August 2008
Daily Mail, 20 August 2008
How does the Alexander Technique work? What are the authors findings about the clinical and cost effectiveness of the treatment? Watch the BMJ video to find out (12 min), which also contains some good footage about what the Technique is all about.
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY
SIR MICHAEL CAINE
SIR PATRICK STEWART
You will find plenty more information on the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website.
The Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC) is the oldest Alexander Technique training centre in the world. It was established by Walter Carrington in 1960 as the new home for FM Alexander's original training course which he was supervising at the time of Alexander's death. CTC is run by The Walter Carrington Educational Trust, which provides further information about Walter Carrington and the Technique as taught at CTC.
Alexander Books specialises in a range of books and other resources on the Alexander Technique.
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DAME MAGGIE SMITH
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