I first came to the Alexander Technique as a means of preventing potential future problems, having a family history of serious back and neck conditions. Not only did I learn better whole-body coordination, removing the usual strains on my back and joints from my habitual movement pattern, but I also discovered many other benefits that I carried into my daily life. Every lesson brought a sense of well-being and my calmer state of mind helped me cope better with a stressful job. I was also able to sit comfortably for the first time because of my improved posture.
As someone who was originally involved in scientific research and who then spent many years in a desk job in the pharmaceutical industry, I continually ‘lived in my head’. Through the Alexander Technique I have gradually integrated thinking and activity, for a better coordinated mind-body. After several years of lessons, which began in 1998, I decided to train as a teacher and in 2006 I successfully completed the 3-year full-time training course at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School.
I have been active in teaching since I qualified and am now based in Portobello, Edinburgh where I offer individual lessons, as well as running introductory group courses and workshops. I am also an active researcher on the Alexander Technique. I am the Chair of STAT‘s Research Group and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, where I am part of the study team for the clinical trial of Alexander lessons for people with chronic neck pain. I have published several articles, including a review of the effectiveness of Alexander lessons for different health problems.