I am coming to the end of a 6 session course of the Alexander Technique with Caroline, which I am enjoying and reaping the benefits. I tend to tense up in my shoulders, hunch my back at work and end up with a painful back and bad posture. Caroline has taught me some good relaxation and balancing that has already helped me a lot.
Miriam Post Midwife
Caroline’s explanation and delivery of the Alexander Technique was interesting and engaging. Originally, I had very little knowledge of the technique, but after the presentation I felt I understood the key principles and how it could benefit us in our lives. The presentation included a hands-on element which I thoroughly enjoyed and Caroline encouraged us to participate in some small movements to see how we felt when we applied them. It made me realise that AT is something that we could all consciously embed into our daily routine. I definitely feel I have a new awareness of my body and how I could consciously look after my health.Thank you Caroline!
Jax Turner Membership Assistant, Work.Life
“When Caroline offered a session to our co-working space I was really pleased and I sent out the invitation to our members. Thinking only around 5 to 8 would respond (our normal number of participants) I was really thrilled to see that nearly 20 people joined in with the session. That to me is a clear indicator that posture is a big concern of our members who do a lot of work at desks. Caroline was a joy to have in, she was professional & pleasent at all times. The event was a highlight in that months calendar”
Richard Stott, Community Manager at Main Yard Studios
I love the weekly sessions with Caroline, which are both relaxing and enlightening. The Alexander technique, and Caroline’s approach to it, offers a gentle but powerful recallibration of body (and mind) back to its natural disposition and promotes an ease of being and moving. I can highly recommend it.
Pia Östlund, Designer & Printmaker
Whether something works or not is very dependent on the teaching, to inspire confidence as well as to significantly improve behaviours. Caroline’s teaching is first rate. Over two courses I’ve – I think – begun to improve my posture. I’ve certainly begun to take more seriously the link between the way I stand – and even more so, sit – and the pain I’ve carried in my lower back and hamstrings for so long. It’s not a quick fix but Caroline is intuitive as well as methodical in how to get though entrenched behaviour. I’ll sign up for a third course soon enough – which is high recommendation!
Charles Rice, School Improvement Partner
Caroline’s fun! I knew nothing of Alexander Technique and started with no specific goal in mind. I loved the ‘lessons’ – they’re curious and engaging and more about discovery than instruction. I learned a detached self-awareness about how my body was moving in space whether I was sitting, walking, driving or just standing. Awareness leads to change and it all gets a bit Zen if that’s your thing. Or not: it can be really practical around avoiding pain and improving energy. Six sessions is a great format: I’ve got lots of new ideas to play with and can always go back for more later. If you’re not sure, give it a whirl!
Michael Croton, Writer and Strategist
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.