Jacqui’s story

Jacqui is a business analyst and began lessons mainly because of anxiety

I came to Julia because I was doing a desk job, struggling with anxiety, and not feeling very grounded in general. I was amazed at how quickly I started to become aware of my body, movement, and habits including regarding my posture and thinking. Julia worked from a very practical and mind and body, perspective, actively listening to help me with daily tasks or requests, such as working at a desk, stepping on and off a bus or going up stairs, etc. I also found that she was able to provide interesting ways of working with breathing and using ┬áimages or other ideas as part of the lessons, which weren’t at all ‘airy fairy’ – they actually helped to clarify and cement the physical/bodily elements of the Alexander Technique, which helped with my anxiety generally. I was never judged, found Julia to be friendly, professional, and astute in picking up on what I was asking or wanting to learn.

I am not someone that spends weekends on yoga retreats, or who generally has much time in my life for me. I work office hours, in a professional role, and I wasn’t sure what to expect at first…but despite my initial reticence, I have found this to be an extremely effective method, and have been really surprised at how quickly I’ve been able to integrate the teachings into my everyday life after just 6 lessons. For me it is a shame that the Alexander Technique isn’t more widely known in society. It is an extremely accessible, practical and powerful method. You couldn’t ask for a better teacher.