Nick Chapman-Alexander Technique

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Alexander Technique London

Having taught the Alexander Technique for 15 years, I offer clients the confidence to know that they will receive the best possible experience the Alexander Technique has to offer.’
Nick Chapman

Alexander Technique Teaching

Welcome and thank you for visiting the expert guide to Alexander Technique. I have been teaching, in London for 15 years. There is more than one location. This allows me to teach practically anyone in  the London area. The central London clinic is Physical Health in Moorgate. I also cover a large part of North London and teach in Surbiton and in Cobham, Surrey. There are clinics, but I do a lot of house visits or work on location at your office or chosen venue.

This technique can help you with back pain and most muscular problems. Through a process of re-education, you will learn how to combat long standing habits of bad posture, which effect health, performance and well-being. The technique teaches us to identify harmful habits which affect us physically, intellectually and emotionally.

Good posture is not just an aesthetic but a
fundamental expression of wellbeing at the deepest levels.
Nick Chapman

Why use the Alexander Technique?

 

Nick Chapman has taught over 14000 lessons of Alexander Technique

 

Millions of people have learnt the Alexander Technique worldwide since the 1890’s.

 

There are many benefits to the Alexander Technique, some more obvious than others. Above all else it is a technique of the utmost personal development. Schools of thought that purport to help us grow as individuals often become cultist and lead to a kind of devotee/guru experience. The Alexander technique is quite different in that it is all about you going off and practising, in everyday life, what you learn in a session. By improving our awareness of the body in everyday functioning we become more and more at peace with ourselves. We enable ourselves to become happy and fully functioning individuals.

Clinical Evidence: Alexander Technique Really Does Help

In 2008 the BMJ published a report into the Alexander technique and the results were highly conclusive. The technique worked to solve back pain better than any other method.

BMJ Article (original research)

Latest study (November 2015)

Video about the randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons;

Part one

Part two

Read an article about back pain: Alexander Technique and back pain 

Alexander Technique Resources

I practice Alexander Technique in London, however, this website has many different resources to help you, if you would like to understand some of the thinking behind the technique please read on…

Click here- the first lesson is described in detail. Perhaps you suffer from insomnia. I did for many years before I discovered this work. You can find a brief history of F M Alexander.  If you would like to hear about other peoples experiences working with me, please watch the testimonial videos and read the interesting testimonial from a former Alexander Technique student. You can find out about my extensive teaching experience on the about Nick page.

Golf and the Alexander Technique

It was always my dream to work with and improve sports people, making them more competitive, It was just very difficult to settle on a sport that was suitable. Then one day a friend asked if I wanted to play some golf with him. Its true to say I was hooked from the start. It wasn’t long before I started Alexander Technique golf. A different approach, but one that has a 100% success rate so far. Because the two subjects are so closely linked. We want to learn how we use ourselves in both activities. Alexander Technique golf was born out of obsession, but is also totally inevitable!

I am now a keen golfer and currently work with PGA pro James Taverner, who is finding it very useful for improving his golf. If you’d like to improve your golf, Alexander Technique can really do this in ways you could never have imagined. Just ask James.

I’m also working with the Hendon Golf Club: I play here regularly and teach the technique to General Manager, Pete Dickson, who was feeling a bit down on his golf… He said that after just one lesson his golf improved! Matt Dean the PGA pro at Henden is currently having lessons and also his assistant Ian.

Background

The Alexander Technique was invented by F M Alexander who wrote four books about his technique. The Alexander method is a far more effective way to deal with back pain than most systems. This is because it helps you to understand that most problems stem from our own behaviour both mentally and physically. Rather than depending on a practitioner to fix you, the Alexander Technique is a method of re-education. It teaches you to change harmful habits that interfere with the natural balance of the head, neck and back.

The Alexander Technique Really Works

Most people start using the technique and find that after three or four lessons the pain is easing off. However, in more serious cases where other treatments have failed it may take longer to relieve the pain and stress. Over the years many people have realised that much of their muscular pain is also related to their emotional and psychological attitudes. The Alexander teacher subtly addresses these. If a person has a tension running deep over many years, it may take 30 sessions to start to shift the pain.

As a practitioner, I have never found a single person to continue for this many lessons and still experience pain. Sadly many people stop their lessons before they have given it a chance to penetrate their own malfunctions. It is practically impossible to use the technique as described in F M Alexanders’ books and still experience pain. If this does happen I would recommend a course in therapy: it is bound to be psychological issues which prevent a person from moving on. Of course the exception is when a person has a debilitating medical condition. The simple fact remains that the majority of people need to address their own very personal issues. This is Alexander Technique London. Try googling your post code if you live too far away. Make sure you visit a certified teacher who is working full time as an Alexander Technique teacher.