It is surprising how many of us suffer unnecessarily because of how we use our bodies, the human body. Using the Alexander Technique, we learn how to stop getting in the way of this incredible piece of evolution that is us. Interestingly this goes for the mind as well. One way or another, we get in our way, what the Alexander Technique refers to as interference. We must learn to stop doing this! We can get in touch with the body in a way that makes us aware of when it is not working effectively, usually because we are shortening in stature. It could also be a result of allowing tension to clog up the muscles. Mentally we tend to worry or allow each thought to create more tension. Perhaps, this tension happens with either positive or negative news (mainly bad). The human body is a subtle mixture of muscle and bone; our responsibility is to balance this, though most people struggle to do so. However, when we become fully aware of how we use the body, it is possible to prevent tightening and shortening. Therefore the objective is to learn to function in a non-interfering way. For more on this, read this article; The First Lesson.
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.