Biography

Hilary King

BA (Hons)  PGDip Psychol.  Dip Couns.  MSTAT

Alexander Lessons in LondonI am an experienced Alexander Technique teacher based in North London, having qualified in 1987. Whilst I offer ‘pure’ Alexander lessons and Workshops, my professional experience and background in Ballet, Psychology and Stress Management inform my work. And I love teaching the AT!

Training

My first career was in Ballet. I trained at the Royal Ballet School then performed for a number of years, mainly with the Sadler’s Wells Opera Ballet (now ENO). I have an ACSET 2 Certificate for Teaching Adults, a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a PG Dip in Psychology and Health, plus a Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Therapy. Of course I have also qualified as an Alexander teacher.

I first had Alexander Technique lessons whilst taking my degree as a mature student. I really enjoyed my lessons and found the AT helped me manage my stress levels and to improve my concentration. I started getting higher marks at college! My AT lessons also sorted out a back injury that I’d had since my teens studying ballet.  I was so pleased, I decided to qualify as an Alexander Technique teacher.

I qualified in 1987 as an AT teacher at the North London Teacher Training Course run by Misha Magidov – approved and moderated by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT. After completing this 3 year training I have also had lessons with many senior teachers including several first generation Alexander teachers who trained with F M Alexander himself:

Marjorie Barlow, Margaret Goldie, Patrick Macdonald, Tony Spawforth and Peggy Williams.

  • Member of STAT, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Bound by STAT’s Constitution and their published Code of Professional Conduct
  • Registered with CNHC, the Complementary and Natural Health Council
  • Professional member of BackCare
  • Registered practitioner with BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

Experience

My teaching has included Courses and Workshops in the Alexander Technique and in Stress Management. These have been in my own practise, in Adult Education Colleges and for the corporate sector. My main focus now is the Alexander Technique.

A member of STAT, I hold professional indemnity insurance, an Enhanced DBS Certificate and am bound by STAT’s Constitution and Code of Prof. Conduct. Registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council, CNHC

I have taught the Alexander Technique at the Royal College of Music, in Crete, Cyprus and on Ernest Read Music Association and LSO Summer Schools.

I participated as one of the Alexander teachers in the ATEAM research trial. This compared the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique, Massage and a GP Exercise Programme, as treatments for patients with recurrent and chronic back pain. The research was designed by Southampton University and funded by the MRC.  BMJ (Aug 2008).

I have also been teaching at the London Centre for Alexander Teaching and Training, LCATT, one of the STAT recognised Alexander Technique Teacher Training Schools, since 2009. I am pleased to say that at least seven of my private AT pupils went on to train and have now qualified as Alexander teachers.

Teaching Practice

  • Individual Alexander Technique Lessons both online and in person
  • Introductory Alexander Technique Short Courses and Workshops
  • Alexander Technique Workshops for more experienced pupils
  • Teacher Training

After teaching in the Stoke Newington N16 area for 33 years, I am  now based in Harringay N4.

Pupils

My AT pupils come from a wide age range – children of eight up to pensioners of over eighty – and they are from all walks of life:

Artists and Office Workers; Dancers, Actors, Musicians; Runners, Gardeners, Pensioners, Builders and Pregnant Mothers; Doctors, Teachers and Therapists….

Environmental and Ethical Policy

As well as following the STAT and CNHC codes of conduct, I aim to be environmentally aware and use a Green Energy supplier.

The main charities that my work supports are UNICEF’s Children’s Emergency Fund, and the Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture programme.

I have also been actively involved with local community groups for many years.

Hilary King teaches the Alexander Technique in Harringay, London N4

If you are interested in finding out more about my Alexander Technique lessons, workshops or Gift Vouchers, please contact me via my enquiry form.