Alexander Technique

 

Having taught the Alexander Technique for 20 years, I offer clients the confidence to know that they will receive the best possible experience the Alexander Technique has to offer.’
Nick Chapman

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the expert guide to Alexander Technique-Surrey. I have been a practising Alexander Teacher, for 20 years. Teaching takes place in the surrey area. I teach in Hinchley Wood, Esher 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 affect health, performance, and well-being. The technique teaches us to identify harmful habits that affect us physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

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

“Nick Chapman is an amazing teacher and has transformed my back in a way I did not think possible. He has really helped my kids too.”

Dennis 

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Alexander Thinking
The Alexander Technique is a way to think.

 

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Why use the Alexander Technique?

Nick Chapman has taught over 14000 lessons   
Nick Chapman
Nick Chapman
 
Millions of people have learnt the Alexander Technique worldwide since the 1890s.

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.  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. It is therefore very useful for anxiety conditions. Using inhibition and direction and becoming aware of the psycho-physical in everyday life is probably the best way towards genuine self-improvement and takes a lifetime to master.

Clinical Evidence: Alexander Technique Really Does Help With Back pain

Clinical trials alexander technique
A fully Proven method.

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)

Further Research (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 the Alexander Technique in Surrey, 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…

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

Alexander Technique Golf
Easily improve.

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. It’s 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, the 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 Deal – the PGA pro at Henden is currently having lessons and also his assistant Ian.

Alexander Technique History

F M Alexander
The Founder

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

The way to happiness
Alexander Technique people are happy

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 these 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 the Alexander Technique Surrey. If you are too far away try having an online Alexander Technique lesson. Make sure you visit a certified teacher who is working full-time as an Alexander Technique teacher.

 

So what is the Alexander Technique

There are a wide a variety of techniques that you will learn , the first of which is the single most important and therefore most difficult to grasp. It is called inhibition and literally means to stop. To inhibit an action that would have been performed unconsciously or habitually. This brings you to a level of awareness of your body and also your general condition.

You will then study in some depth the next process which can be divided into three headings; The Psycho-physical, the Primary Control and Direction.

The psycho-physical is merely the connection between mind and body-perhaps thinking in action. The Primary Control then teaches you how to ignite or begin to engage in the psycho-physical. It allows you to become conscious of movement. Finally, you will begin to direct muscle to behave in a certain way. Whereas before you would generate tension in the muscles you now order them to be free from this tension. We call this – Direction. All this is possible with experience.

Once you get going with all of this you will then learn the position of mechanical advantage-namely the Monkey. The ultimate postural alignment that generates a new condition for the musculoskeletal. This must also be taught alongside the cross patternation – the walking. We all walk badly unless we relearn the process. This is inevitable due to the very nature of walking and our evolutionary experience of it.

We will learn how to perform actions and tasks as directed procedures and we will break with unconscious habit and become wholly aware of the how to, the means whereby we fulfill an action and move away from our old habitual trap of end gaining.