I spent 10 years working in the NHS in London before deciding to train as an Alexander Technique Teacher. I realised I was spending far too much time sat (slumped!) at a desk with poor posture.
From my teenage years, I had experienced chronic back pain. In my adult life, I moved into project management which involved lots of stress, pressure and far too much sitting. This did not help. In my early 20s I embarked on numerous attempts to resolve this persistent back pain including physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and many other interventions. Some of these afforded temporary relief, but eventually the pain always returned. Like so many of my clients, I was at my wits end.
By chance, I read about The Alexander Technique. The idea immediately appealed to me, as it did not seem to involve being "treated". I like the idea of being able to analyse my own habitual movements and isolate exactly what I was doing that was causing the problems. I had my first lessons in Chiswick, West London, and my back pain soon disappeared.
After many lessons, I decided I would like to train as an Alexander Technique Teacher myself. This is a huge commitment, involving a three-year, full-time course. I trained at The Constructive Teaching Centre in Holland Park, London. The school was founded and managed by FM Alexander's right-hand man, Walter Carrington. It is the oldest, most respected and famous Alexander Technique school in the world.
On completion of my training I taught in Putney, SW London as well as The London Oratory School in Fulham, Hounslow Adult Education Services and BSkyB. For a while I was one of the few Alexander Technique Teachers working within the NHS (West Middlesex University Hospital). My private practice is now based in East Sheen, Richmond-upon-Thames bordering London and Surrey.