I became interested in Alexander Technique when I began to have painful hip joints. A friend recommended Alexander Technique. After a few months of lessons the pain in my hips had largely disappeared. I also felt better in myself, a little calmer, more confident and able to cope with the day-to-day busy life I was leading with work and 3 children. After an introductory course at Citi Lit I decided to train as a teacher. I am very interested in working with people in performance/education and in the work place. I have spent much of my life involved in Dance, studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance going on to teach dance. I also trained as an Interior Designer designing offices for large corporate companies. Hence, I have a great interest in movement and how we use our bodies in activity day to day and how we use them in a work environment with a screen or a mobile phone.
Since training, I have worked with individuals at home where I have my practice. Also with performers, assisting at the Royal College of Music, Associated Studios, Italia Conte and The London School of Musical Theatre.
After many years leaning over my desk at work and using my laptop in bed, on couches and on planes, my body felt hunched and stiff. I had had a series of crooked necks and back pain, I knew I needed to do something. I found Caroline and her Alexander Technique practice through a search online and went in for a consultation. Caroline has been helping me rethink the habits of a lifetime and given me a tool set to improve the way I move. She’s helped raise my awareness of posture and helped me rediscover how my body should naturally hold its own weight without stress. The impact has been tremendous.
Gregor Timlin, Design Director October 2017
I had heard of the Alexander Technique in connection with theatre practice, and it had long been on my list of things to try, so I was pleased to find a practitioner in my area. Caroline provides a very cosy and welcoming space to learn the Alexander Technique, and I found myself immediately noticing differences in my posture. While my posture isn’t perfect (yet) Caroline has helped me iron out some of my bad habits and slouchy ways, and I can see an improvement in everyday activities. I signed up for the 6 week introductory course and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in engaging with themselves and their environment, and I will definitely be returning for further classes.
Rory O’Connor Accounts Manager September 2017
I’d arrived from another appointment rather hurriedly (relatively speaking, for me). After taking a brief history, Caroline asked me to stand up. I did; as straight as I could – on parade. I soon began to feel the light touch of expert hands adjusting the angle of my hips, my spine and my neck – straightening me up by inches more. Here was my first lesson in postural tension. I was amazed at how much my rushed arrival was being expressed in my body – knees locked, teeth clenched, shoulders hunched. As Caroline gently coaxed my posture into a more relaxed, natural shape, I felt the tension leaving my system. I doubt whether relaxation is carried in the blood-stream, but that’s what it felt like, my body literally ‘flooding’ with release. Over the weeks I learned less bodily stressful ways of moving – how to stand, how to bend, how to pick things up, how to sit at my computer to write.Caroline warned that I shouldn’t make constant demands on myself to be perfect – this would most likely lead to more anxious tension from perceived ‘failure’. Rather I should think of finding ‘Alexander moments’ – moments during the day when a postural adjustment could be purposely inserted. Slowly but repetitively, I could unlearn bad habits and ingrain better ones.
Leslie Mapp Retired Teacher June 2017
I did Caroline’s Alexander Technique six week course. The Alexander Technique is something that I had always wanted to do but the price was prohibitive. Caroline’s lesson were within my budget. The course has transformed the way I move and think about my posture. I have embedded the six-week course into my daily life. I would recommend the course to anyone. It is very insightful and the knowledge that I acquired I will use for the rest of my life. I wish I had done it earlier. In our daily lives, it is the mind that seems to take predominance, the Alexander Technique was a chance to engage both the mind and body in a way of moving.
Juliette Tuke Art Teacher March 2017
Having suffered from back pain for a number of years and having tried a variety of treatments with Osteopaths and Physiotherapists without success, I turned to Caroline to try the Alexander Technique through some recommendations of friends. Through her clear and considered tutoring I have gained a huge awareness of the way I hold and move my body which has allowed my back pain to improve dramatically. I look forward to my weekly sessions with Caroline enormously, not only for the continued improvement I notice in my posture, but also for the feeling of calm and release I carry forwards into the day.
Caspar Leopard Musician April 2017
I wanted to try Alexander technique because I work in a profession where I sit all day and had back pain due to poor posture. I was sceptical at first, but have been gradually converted to a belief in the benefits of Alexander Technique from both a physical and emotional perspective. My hour with Caroline each week has provided me with a space to re-engage with my body and myself. It has empowered me to feel that I have some choice about how I manage each day physically. Caroline is professional in her approach and her relaxed and informative way of managing the sessions feels containing and empowering. She provides a space that is safe and stress free and you feel you are getting a very personal treatment. I have no hesitation in recommending Caroline. She feels like a teacher with many years of experience.
Mary Cronin Counselling/Psychotherapy January 2017
I have come to rely on my Alexander Technique sessions with Caroline as a way of trying to change bad habits, improve my overall posture, and be more in tune with my body. It’s a moment to relax, breathe and spend some time focusing on me. Caroline is brilliant at honing in on the small things that can make a big difference to every day life.
Tamsin Blanchard Journalist December 2017
“The Alexander Technique transformed my life. it is the result of an acknowledged genius. I would recommend it to anyone.” Tony Buzan, author of Use Your Head The Evolving Brain.
“The technique doesn’t teach you something new to do. It teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereotyped responses; how to deal with habit and change. It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a better use of yourself while you work towards it”. Professor F. P. Jones.
“We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument”. Professor Nicholas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology.