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The Alexander Technique teaches us to be aware of how we move and breathe and come to stillness in everyday life. As small children we mostly had good "use of ourselves" and moved in a very free, co-ordinated and open hearted way. As adults many of us have acquired physical, mental and emotional habits which can put the brakes on natural good functioning.

Contact NameHilary White mstat
Address62 Bower Mount Road
Maidstone, Kent, and at Leeds Village
Maidstone ME16 8AT
Phone01622 862589
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This work of skilful observation and re-education involves a mixture of subtle hands-on work and talking. It can be life changing and is particularly helpful in improving issues with back, neck and shoulder pain, and for stress in all its guises.

Hilary teaches The Alexander Technique at several osteopathy clinics and health centres as well as from her home in Leeds village Kent.

She first had Alexander lessons in 1985 to improve her own posture and breathing which often deteriorated towards the end of each school term. As a headteacher she discovered that Alexander's principles were transformative, not only in stressful situations but in the minutiae of daily life.

Before qualifying as an Alexander Technique teacher, Hilary studied Anatomy, Physiology and Massage, Reiki, Bowen Technique and Life Coaching; skills that helped expand her awareness of psychophysical approaches to healing processes.

Ongoing lessons in The Alexander Technique she says, encourage people to unlock and explore, to find a new freedom and lightness through the guiding touch and contactful presence of an Alexander teacher.

The British Medical Journal has published the findings of a clinical trial which show that Alexander Technique lessons provide long term benefit for chronic back pain sufferers.

The Alexander Technique

Is a way of a re-learning how you move and use your body. The Alexander Technique not only improves posture but is also excellent for a wide-range of muscular-skeletal problems.

‘Stop doing the wrong thing and the right thing will do itself,’ wrote F.M. Alexander after he discovered, through a long process of detailed self-observation, the importance of maintaining a balanced, dynamic relationship between the head, neck and back.
  • Improve how you feel, move, perform and think!
  • Join the growing number of people benefiting from lessons who:
    • Move lightly and freely with less effort
    • Are alert and focused with less tension or strain
    • Are poised yet graceful, without stiffness
    • Learn co-ordination and flexibility
    • Have improved stamina, energy and efficiency
    • Are balanced-relaxed-effective-confident

Alexander Technique is used to alleviate or prevent pain
Joint and muscle pain
Breathing disorders - Asthma
Anxiety, tension
Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, RSI

Who uses the Alexander Technique?
  • Anyone concerned with his or her quality of performance and movement:
  • Those who sit before a computer for too long (is this you?)
  • Performers: musicians, singers, dancers, speakers, actors, film stars!
  • Students in schools and teachers
  • The elderly - who find their mobility and energy diminishing
  • Horse-riders and trainers
  • Athletes and people interested in keeping fit or enjoying a sport
  • Health and well-being professionals

Is it suitable for me?

If you are curious about self-improvement, or sense a need to restore natural good movement, while discovering a new dimension in your life, Yes!

‘The skills you learn will last long after the lessons, even for the rest of your life’.

A course of 20-30 lessons can provide a good foundation for improved well being and on-going self-discovery.

An individual lesson is 50-55 minutes, costs £38, depending on the number of lessons booked.
Alexander Technique teachers are highly trained. Most teaching is one to one, yet introductory workshops are occasionally available as are shared lessons.

What happens in lessons?

Through explanation and guiding touch, you will re-discover poise, balance and ease within yourself. By working on simple everyday activities, such as sitting, standing and bending, you will learn how your co-ordination works and where you create tension.

You will learn how to improve the way you use your body. This awareness will enable you to change long-standing habits and function more efficiently.

You will also lie in a semi-supine position on a couch to release your limbs, realign and rejuvenate. Bliss!

For a lesson or further details contact your local teacher
Hilary White, MSTAT
07515 520 718
01622 862589
[email protected]

Visit The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

Famous people who have studied and benefitted from the Alexander Technique

Julie Andrews
Kenneth Branagh
Gabriel Byrne
Michael Caine
Sinead Cusack
Sir Colin Davis
Judy Dench
Ben Kingsley
James Galway
Jeremy Irons
Penelope Keith
Bonnie Langford
Jamie Lee-Curtis
Joanna Lumley
Yehudi Menuhin
Paul McCartney
Hayley Mills
Paul Newman
Michael Palin
Nyree Dawn Porter
Keanu Reeves
Christopher Reeve
Jennifer Saunders
Julia Sawalha
Prunella Scales
Terence Stamp
Juliet Stevenson
Patrick Stewart
Hillary Swank
Ruby Wax
Robin Williams

Professor Niko Tinbergen (Winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine),
Frederick Perls (Originator of Gestalt Therapy),
Moshe Feldenkrais (Originator of the Feldenkrais Method),
John Dewey,
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
George Bernard Shaw,
Aldous Huxley.
Sir Henry Irving
Lillie Langtry

Richard Armitage (Spooks): “I follow the Alexander Technique for 15 minutes each morning. It’s a way of helping my vocal production and control, but when my stress levels are high during filming, it gives me a break.”
John Cleese: “I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you”
William Hurt: “The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright”
Kevin Kline: “The Technique’s many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centredness, vocal relaxation, responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height”

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