Category Archives: Alexander ~ Notices

Wendy Savage – Patients’ Choice and Doctors’ Responsibilities

Richard Price Memorial Lecture 2011 ~ 28 September

Wendy Savage – Patients’ Choice and Doctors’ Responsibilities
This lecture is for everyone, particularly women, who wishes to be able to make choices about their own health. People who use the Alexander Technique are already learning how to help themselves make choices, everyday, about the way they use their bodies and so influence their health and wellbeing, so this lecture may well be of interest to them
Wendy Savage is an internationally renowned gynaecologist who has always campaigned for women to be able to make choices about fertilty, childbirth and abortion.
These lectures are always popular, so book in advance.
Venue: Unitarian Church  Newington Green N16

Alexander Technique Student Graduates as a Teacher

Tim Giles, award-winning Composer and Jazz Drummer – and now Alexander Teacher.

Tim Giles' Graduation from LCATT 13-07-2011 .jpg

Tim Giles has just graduated (July 2011) from LCATT, the local Alexander Technique Teacher Training School where I am a visiting teacher. He is seen here playing at LCATT’s end of term party.Tim was one of my Alexander pupils before he joined the STAT recognised Training Course and it is great to see him qualify as an AT teacher.

I am pleased to say that Tim will be assisting me with the upcoming Short Intro Course in September – which means that participants will be able to have hands-on work both from myself and from Tim.

This introductory course is for a small group, so if you are interested in attending, please note that it is essential to enrol in advance.

Earlybird Reduced Fee is available if you pay before 30th August

Further info about AT Teacher Training can be found here.

Do You Slouch?

Slouching and poor posture is the topic of an article in today’s Mail Online (24 Jan 2011) in which Bella Blissett urges women not to copy the stars on the catwalk, who can be seen in various distorted postures wearing a series of excruciatingly high heels (which in themselves can cause back problems – see my article on wearing high heels).

Research linking poor posture to depression and the fact that 1 in 5 people in the UK see their GPs for back pain is sited in the article. Various cures are suggested – but unfortunately the Alexander Technique is not mentioned, despite the fact that Blissett states that ‘many of them could be cured if they learned to improve their dynamic posture so that they ‘ stand and sit properly’,  which is a big part of what people learn when they come for AT lessons.

As the ATEAM Research Trial showed, the Alexander Technique really can help people to reduce chronic back pain and to improve the quality of their life. 

Introductory Lessons and a Workshop just for Women 
Of course, back pain and slouching are not only found in women, for many men have similar problems. If you would like to try out the Technique, introductory lessons of one hour are available at the same price as regular 3/4 hour lessons -at the moment.
You might prefer to try out the Technique in a workshop just for women. If so, ask for an Application Form online for the upcoming Introductory Workshop for Women on 6 March at 2.30pm. This is linked to International Women’s Day.

Please book in advance, as the workshop is for a small group. 

You may also phone Hilary for more information: 020 7254 9206

GPs asked to refer patients to CNHC Practitioners

The Department of Health has requested all GPs and Chief Nursing Officers to refer patients who are seeking to use a complementary therapy such as the Alexander Technique, to practitioners who are Registered with the CNHC, The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, has worked hard with the CNHC in order to bring about the voluntary regulation of AT teachers. The CNHC Register has been set up so that GPs and the public can see which practitioners, including myself, ‘have been assessed as meeting national standards of competence and practice’.

Hopefully, this will benefit everyone and prospective pupils can be reassured, if they need to be, that an external professional body, plus STAT, are monitoring our standards as AT teachers.

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council Registration

Hilary King is on the CNHC Register. 

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, CNHC has been set up with the help of the Prince’s Foundation, to develop a structure of self-regulation for professional disciplines such as the Alexander Technique.

CNHC will work with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, to maintain and monitor high standards of Alexander Technique teaching and of professional Codes of Conduct. The CNHC is developing and expanding the number of disciplines that are eligible to join the register.

Further information:

Widen Your Understanding of the Alexander Technique

If you are already having Alexander Technique lessons, you might like to join AT Friends and go to some of their talks and Workshops, which take place at various venues around the country. These talks are an excellent way for you to extend your understanding of AT work and to meet other people who have some experience of the Alexander Technique.

Joining costs very little and the talks cost even less.

The next talk for London AT Friends is:

Thinking in Activity – How Space Shapes Attention ~ by Glenna Batson

Date: Tuesday 20 April

Time: 6.30 – 8.30

Fee:   £5 (£3 Concession)

For further info visit:

AT Friends 

Challenge Your Habits and Switch Off for Earth Hour

Switch Off to show you care about Climate Change
27 March 8.30pm

your habits and turn off all electrics that are not essential for one
hour. No lights, no TV, no music, no computer…. Have fun and create a different sort of evening for yourself, along with hundreds of people around the world that are joining this WWF campaign. Draw attention to the issues involved with adapting to climate
change and think about what life may be like without our familiar appliances available to us if there are power shortages in the future.

So why am I mentioning this here on my Alexander Technique Blog?

I aim to run my Alexander Technique teaching practise in an environmentally aware way and work towards being as energy efficient as I can, so this falls naturally into my field of awareness.

Also, in Alexander lessons, we are always learning how to let go of habits that don’t serve us and in many ways we all need to do exactly this – let go of many of our habits – in order to reduce our carbon footprints and energy consumption. How often do we leave the tap running, the lights on, or the the TV constantly on, just by habit, even though we are not even using them? What a waste of these valuable resources!

We can inhibit, stop these habits and make simple but important changes in our lives that will help conserve  our fragile environment.

As the WWF says – Be Bright, Turn Off the Light!

Further info about WWF Earth Hour:

Alexander Technique and RSI

RSI Conference 2010

RSI Action – The Repetitive Strain Injury Charity will be holding its Annual Conference in the Friends’ Meeting House on Euston Road on 20 March.

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, will have a stall at the conference. Mini-sessions will be available, so that people can begin to get a sense of how the Alexander Technique can help them change the way they ‘Use’ themselves so that they can begin to reduce and control RSI.

I shall be there on the STAT stall in the afternoon, after the end of my morning’s Introductory Alexander Technique Workshop in aid of the UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Appeal as below.

If you would like to read more about the application of the Technique in relation to RSI, there is an article on my Website here.

Date:    20 March

Venue: Large Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1

Time:   9.15am  – 4.45 pm


Backpain patients find the Alexander Technique ‘effective’

New Research Paper

A new paper has been published in the OUP Family Practice (23 December 2009) which reports the findings of research into patients’ views and attitudes towards learning the Alexander Technique, as part of the ATEAM Trial into treatments for chronic back pain.

This research looked at the psychological aspects underlying the ATEAM Trial and the outcomes showed that patients found the Alexander Technique was ‘effective’ and ‘made sense’ as it could be used during everyday activities, it had a ‘convincing rationale’ and that teachers provided good support and personal advice. The Alexander Technique was generally seen to be more acceptable to patients than the exercise regime which was prescribed by the doctors.The Technique was also seen as improving the patients’ quality of life, which is great!

As one of the teachers selected to teach on the ATEAM Research Trial, I welcome this publication and the findings it reports, which tally with my experience of teaching the Technique to pupils from a wide range of backgrounds who predominantly find the Technique effective, not just for back pain but for helping and preventing the development of many conditions.

Alexander Technique Courses and Classes

If you would like to find out more about the Alexander Technique, you might like to join my upcoming
Introductory Alexander Technique Course, or you might prefer to dive straight in and try some individual lessons which are available on an ongoing basis.

Susie Orbach Lecture: ‘Frankenstein’s Bodies Today’

The Richard Price Annual Memorial Lecture ~ Unitarian Church, Newington Green N16

Frankenstein’s Bodies Today

The annual lecture will be given by the influential author and psychoanalyst Professor Susie Orbach. The title of the lecture links Orbach’s sphere of work, the Unitarian Church and one of the famous members of its congregation, Mary Wollstonecraft – author, early feminist and mother of Mary Shelley, the author of ‘Frankenstein’.

Susie Orbach co-founded the Women’s Therapy Centre in North London and has written a number of books exploring issues such as gender, women’s psychology and eating difficulties. Orbach is well known for her first book, ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ (1978) and her latest book is ‘Bodies’ (2009).

If you are interested in the Alexander Technique you are probably interested in your own body and you may find it revealing and informative to learn more about our society’s attitudes towards our bodies. Susie Orbach’s lecture promises to be a fascinating evening and well worth attending.

Date: 27 January 2010

Venue: Unitarian Church, Newington Green N16

Further info and tickets: