The Alexander Technique


I haven’t really had any back ache since I’ve been doing this, it’s amazing! Rebecca, solicitor

I was amazed by the change in both my running and swimming technique. I feel lighter, my action is more fluid. By requiring less effort, I have more energy to sustain the distance. The Alexander Technique is about consciousness and choice. Being aware of our movements and habits and choosing an alternative. Years of unconscious habits of movement place strain on our skeleton aggravating pain, anxiety, distress. The Alexander Technique empowers us to choose to alter these habits thereby eliminating the original problem
Dr Debbie Street, Basuto Medical Centre

Normally my back goes after a flight and wheeling a suitcase through cobbled streets, so I was really pleased. John (age 65)

“I definitely feel less pressure everywhere…”
Eleonor Frost (16 year old with scoliosis)

“I saw myself giving a speech on a wedding video and I couldn’t believe how I used to stand!”
Charlie Hall, Property Investment

“It’s better than a massage!”
Ree Sinclair, Singer

“Usually by the end of a trial my back is really hurting, but not anymore.”
Jessie, Barrister

“I’ve been working at Wimbledon [tennis] all week doing 12 hour shifts and everyone’s back is hurting, except mine!”
Holly Gupta, (age 19)

“When I saw my osteopath for the first time in six months, he said my back was totally different from how he remembered it, and that I was in great shape. He asked if I’d been doing anything different…”
Tammy Parlour, Martial Arts Instructor

“After about half an hour carrying my baby in the baby bjorn my back used to ache. Now I can carry her effortlessly for as long as I like.”
Jo O’Driscoll

“Since my teenage years I have always had bad posture and was given the name hunch back by my brother. I then began work as a beauty therapist and due to bending inefficiently over clients my back pain worsened, but since having Alexander Technique lessons with Susanna my habits of moving and bending have changed and my back pain has vanished. Just the other day sitting in a pub with my cousins they couldn’t believe how poised I was. I too was caught by surprise to see myself sitting so comfortably upright. Thanks Susanna.”
Cindy le Roux, Beauty Therapist

“I felt like my whole system had been lubricated. All the joints were oiled, and the machine was working smoothly.”
Frances Clarke

“I always thought someone had to do something to me (like masssage) to help me relax. Now I know I can help myself.”
Bryony Martin, Neonatal Nurse

“Thank you for helping me to be more present on my wedding day. It didn’t just rush by in a whirl. I remember everything and I am convinced this is due to me trying to inhibit and direct just as you have begun to teach me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am. I look forward to the next phase of my Alexander journey!”
Harriet Hancock, Prison Governor, Harriet on her wedding day

“I definitely feel less stressed at work, which is bizarre, because work is pretty stressful right now.”
Kerry McGill, Banker

“It’s like re-wiring your consciousness…”
Claire Greenway, musical theatre actor

“Paradoxically, this method is about taking responsibility for your own physical and mental wellbeing (as opposed to traditional treatments such as Osteopathy where the practitioner is responsible). This is something I am still getting to grips with but I have stopped trying figure this out – I am feeling better than I have done since high school so who cares why this is working – the fact is, it is!”
Mark Quinn, Financier (longer version)

“When I started lessons I had persistent pain in my upper back. This is no surprise working all day long in meetings or in front of a computer screen. Working with Susanna made a massive difference, and I have learnt a Technique that I can use every day, to make back pain a thing of the past.”
Christopher Braun, Banker

“After a lesson with Susanna, I feel almost like I”m floating.”
Arabella Wallace, Fitness Instructor

“I became interested in this technique which is full of common sense, and day by day gently helps my body to improve. It was the start of something new for me, or rather the start of the new me.”
Brigitte Tassinari, Jewellery Designer

“Today I dared say ‘no’ to someone. So I’ve realized that the Alexander Technique also helps me to be more confident. Thank you so much!”
Coline Perraudeau, Au Pair (age 21)

“I can’t believe my first lesson was only a month ago! I feel like I’ve been doing this all my life.”
Ines Tustain (age 14)

“After my Alexander lesson I not only feel great physically, but I’m in a better mood as well.”
Anna Fitzpatrick, Garden Designer

“This is the first time I have learned to simply give myself time!”
Catherine Simpson, Events manager

“I feel great after my lesson; taller, calmer and more fluid in movement.”
Tessa Clist, Furniture Design Consultant

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)