My Alexander story
I developed recurrent lower back, neck and shoulder pain in my early twenties. Over many years I had regular treatment from a cranial osteopath. This helped me live my life and continue working. However I had no insight into the underlying cause of the pain or a long-term way of managing it.
Coping but only just
After a particularly painful back episode in my thirties I took up Pilates. This too enabled me to cope. But I still had no understanding of why I had back problems or how I could approach life differently. My children grew up and I gradually took on the care of an elderly parent as well as working. I was becoming more twisted and compressed and less mobile. Although I felt sure I was headed for pain, stiffness and immobility as I grew older I didn’t know what to do about it.
Group classes, then one-to-one lessons
In 2009 I went to an introductory Alexander Technique group class at a local college. I realised my own body use – how I moved and went about my everyday activities – was at the heart of the problem. By using the Alexander Technique to change my habitual movements I began to find a way out of increasing discomfort. I went on to have one-to-one lessons.
I’ve become more mobile and am no longer in pain. After many years I’ve taken up cycling again. And I’ve re-discovered my natural balance and poise. Now I prioritise my own well-being. I’m more optimistic about moving into later life and can also deal more calmly with whatever life stresses come along.
I’m a student member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique . In April 2019 I will qualify as an Alexander Technique teacher and will be working from a central location at Angel, Islington in North London. You can contact me via the email address below.