Daška Hatton is an Alexander Technique Teacher and Craniosacral Therapist in Notting Hill, West London.
“The way you move affects how you think. How you think affects how you move, which affects how you feel. If you change one, you’ll change them all.”*
The Alexander Technique teaches us to become aware of how we use our minds and our bodies in daily activity. Through a series of lessons we begin to recognize and prevent habits of tension in everyday life.
It is a simple and practical way in which to improve ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.
It is a way of life.
What Happens During an Alexander Technique Lesson
During a lesson, simple everyday movements such as sitting, standing, walking, working at a desk and bending are explored. As part of the lesson involves “tablework”, women may find it easier to wear loose comfortable trousers.
I use a combination of verbal instructions and gentle hands-on guidance to help you to become more aware of your body, to create a new awareness and a more fluid way of moving.
For appointments or queries email [email protected] or telephone 07899 862126.
When was the last time you were still? For an hour you have the time and space to be quiet with no demands upon you whatsoever. I do not show you how to be, I do not show you an alternative way to do, I simply sit with you, with attention, with my hands lightly on the body and listen. It can be very powerful and in today’s frenetic world this opportunity for stillness is probably more valuable than ever.
My aim is to create the conditions in which change can occur.
Our promise or gift as a practitioner is simply to provide the space and the stillness to explore – what happens in that space is up to you, and each journey is individual.
Perhaps we can begin to hear without judgement and fully for the first time. To start to feel whole.
What Happens During a Craniosacral Therapy Session
In a typical Craniosacral session, you will usually lie (or sometimes sit) fully-clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands lightly on your body.
The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. This release of tension often extends into everyday life.
Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. The work is often deeply moving and exhilarating.
To fully benefit from Craniosacral therapy, you may need more than one or two sessions. You and your practitioner will decide on how many sessions will be best for you. Some people respond well after 3 – 5 sessions, others find that Craniosacral Therapy becomes an on-going valuable resource that supports both their health and well-being.
I first came across the Alexander Technique in 1994 as a way of working with an inexplicable period of depression that seemed to be taking over my life. I was surprised that this method of so called “bodywork” was in fact one of the most mentally stimulating and rewarding things that I had ever done and I was intrigued enough to train to become a teacher. I have written about this in “How the Alexander Technique Saved My Life.”.
After the training I was selected as one of the teachers to take part in the British Medical Journal randomised control trial into the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons and have been teaching privately since 1998.
I am a teacher at The Alexander Technique School, Queen’s Park.
In 2003 I trained as a Craniosacral Therapist at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy
I have studied Yang Family long form Tai Chi for 11 years at Tim’Studio and occasionally assist in classes.
I was also a founding member of Timothy Hatton Architects in 1985 and continue to be a Director of the company.
I am a Member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and a Council Member of The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the United Kingdom.
Diploma Alexander Technique
North London Teacher Training Course
Diploma Cranio-Sacral Therapy
College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Certificate Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Alexander Technique, BodyTalk, Craniosacral Therapy