"For in the mind of man lies the secret for his ability to resist, to conquer and finally to govern the circumstances of his life"
- F M Alexander
Due to the corona virus all my lessons are online at the moment. I am teaching via video link.
I have found people are learning how to use the principles of the Technique in their lives in a way that is giving them a new confidence, from the comfort of their own home.
The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique teaches you how to notice your movements and thinking during everyday activities. You learn how to recognize and change your unhelpful habits that are frequently the root cause of many common ailments.
With busy lives we very rarely take time to stop and notice how we move or what we are thinking – other than the next thing to do. Muscles tighten unnecessarily, poor posture, stress and habits take over.
Do you notice how you move? Usually only when something goes wrong and suffer some discomfort or pain.
Then our co-ordination and freedom in movement is affected, we no longer feel calm, confident or balanced but stressed and uncomfortable.
Learning the Alexander Technique will enable you to change how you move. You will become aware of your whole self, mind and body, and be able to move more in line with how you are designed to move.
F.M. Alexander discovered that the relationship of our head, neck and back is all important to easy balance and movement.
With bad posture you start to put tensions on all of your body, mind and balance. Joints and muscles start to ache, perhaps you do not sleep well and feel stressed. Lesson enable you to reverse that unhelpful pattern.
Belinda May Teacher
As a posture and movement specialist I help people with neck and back pain and stress, by helping people change how they sit, stand and move. Your posture and the way you move are often the root cause of these problems and I teach you how to use the Alexander Technique to change.
I have been teaching the Alexander Technique since I qualified in 1999; having completed 3 years of training at the Bristol Alexander Technique Training School (BATTSA). I am a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and am fully insured. In 2015 I was elected to serve on the Council of STAT and from 2017-2021 I served as Chair.
I live in Blagdon, North Somerset where I run my private practice. I am the assistant director at the Bristol Alexander School (www.bristolalexanderschool.co.uk) where I teach regularly and take the anatomy sessions .
My first experience of the Technique was in 1986 when, having been inspired by a book I had been given, I decided to have some lessons. I discovered that by 'doing less' stopped my headaches, increased my balance and confidence.
As time goes on this fascination continues and my understanding of the Technique deepens. I love using the technique in my life and teaching it to others.
"If you stop doing the wrong thing, the right will do itself"
- F M Alexander
You learn the principles of the Technique with verbal instructions and my hands gently guiding you, enabling you to experience a better posture and coordination.
Through increased awareness and thought you learn to change long-standing habits, let go of unnecessary tensions and make the best of what you have.
All lessons are taught fully clothed. They are suitable for any one of any age or physical fitness.
There are no special exercises or equipment used.
I am fully insured
The first introductory lesson is 1 hour and costs £40
Subsequent lessons are 40-45 minutes and cost £35
GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS
Introductory group courses and workshops for the Alexander Technique are available on request.
These include sessions to help with overcoming the problems often associated with desk bound work, such as neck and back pain.
If you would like information about a workshop or course for your group or work place, please get in touch.