Too often we get confused about reality. Alexander Technique often comes across as stuffy, uptight, too serious. There is a pressure to be a perfect example of postural excellence. The truth is that much of what FM discovered was a fight against this kind of militarised approach. We actually want to feel free to be ourselves and free to relax in our bodies. Free to deal with reality in the easiest and most positive way. There is no reason why we should feel the need to be anything but ourselves. And Alexander Technique should be about that realisation. Reality is many things. When we try to be perfect we forget one very important truth. We are all a bit crazy. Human beings are a bit bonkers. If anything Alexander Technique will help you own this. But it’s never about being something you are not or putting pressure on yourself to be perfect. It really is about having fun and enjoying just being you. Learning to let go….
Nick Chapman is an Alexander Technique teacher in private practice.
He qualified as a teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre Lansdowne road in Holland Park and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. He holds the certificate for teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique. He was trained by W.H.M. Carrington.and D.M.G. Carrington. W.H.M. Carrington studied with Alexander and was the most influential teacher in the country. He is now a legend. His wife Dylis was also his teacher and was just as influential.
Nick Chapman is employed by Merrill Lynch and UBS as the resident Alexander Teacher.
Nick Chapman has considerable experience in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, stress and anxiety related problems.
He worked with the Odyssey Trust, where he used Alexander Technique and other relaxation methods for the relief of drug withdrawal.
He also worked in nursing homes where the nurses found great benefits using the technique for stress and the management of various physical problems from maneuvering and handling high risk patients.