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Here’s what my pupils say about their lessons with me …

“I really look forward to my sessions studying the Alexander Technique with Amanda, as her patience, good humour and enthusiasm for her subject shine through. I felt a bit self-conscious at first, but with her guidance I feel I’ve gained an awareness of my bad postural habits and lots of useful tips and techniques for improving on them. One unexpected bonus is that my skiing has improved by leaps and bounds this year – I think it must be to do with being able to reflex more and not to tense up in difficult situations! I hope to continue learning about the Technique and can’t recommend Amanda highly enough.” 
Anne Cameron, editor 

“I first became interested in the Alexander Technique when I was looking for a solution to a chronic repetitive strain injury in my wrists.  Amanda was my first contact with the technique and I can affirm that her lessons not only allowed me to overcome injury, but showed me a new way of working and playing my instrument that was not reliant on sheer physical effort, yet was far more powerful and easy.  This has fundamentally changed the way I approach my music making for the better.  More generally, I find an understanding of the Alexander Technique affords me the opportunity and clarity to notice when I am carrying unnecessary tension, and the choice to let it go.  It is to Amanda’s lessons that I owe this and I thoroughly recommend her teaching to anyone who wishes to learn how to overcome tension problems, improve their performance or move better generally.​”
Lewis Banks, saxophone student at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

“I find the Alexander technique is really helping my chronic and persistent back pain issue even after only seven lessons with Amanda. She has raised my general awareness of unnecessary muscle tension and poor posture and this benefits all aspects of my daily activities. I am just a beginning student, but can see that through using this long-term and by developing and establishing better habits, it will bring long-lasting improvements. I’m looking forward to the journey!”
Allison Grant, lecturer

“For me the Alexander Technique was a last resort at using alternative therapies to conventional medicine in my struggle to cope with the fibromyalgia syndrome which I had developed. To my surprise it worked, not immediately, it isn’t something you can learn in an instant. It requires good teachers like Amanda with their patience, gentle persuasion and dedication to help you make the most of the Alexander Technique and enjoy the benefits it offers.”
Jean Samuel, senior technical officer, Edinburgh University
 
I now find I am aware of my posture. and self correct when I realise I am not free and aligned. The lessons have certainly helped my lower back pain, which I was told by my hospital ortho-physiotherapist was exacerbated by my too upright posture! But no guidance on how to correct it. Thankfully I found you!”
Eileen McKeown, opthamologist, Glasgow
The Alexander Technique has many devotees, from all walks of life. Here are some testimonials from people you may know …“I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”
John Cleese, actor
“Mr Alexander has done a service to the subject [of the study of reflex and voluntary movement] by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck.”
Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist
We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.”
Professor Nicholas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology
“Balance is a vital aspect of good hammer throwing and getting the head, neck, spine and pelvis in the correct relationship enables the balance of the throw to come so much more easily. Once the balance is settled there is an enormous improvement in turning speed.”
Howard Payne, Commonwealth record hammer thrower

“The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.”
Greg Chappell, Australian test cricketer 

“Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.”
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature

It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health, increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels.We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.”
Aldous Huxley, writer

“I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.”
Alec McCowen CBE, actor

“The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.”
John Houseman, actor, producer and director

Effective learning must be based on first-hand experience.”
John Dewey, educationalist and philosopher

“The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.”
William Hurt, actor

“The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.”
Patrick Maddams, managing director, Royal Academy of Music

“The Technique’s many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.”
Kevin Kline, actor

Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching and transformative than the Alexander Technique.”
Harold Stone, associate director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA

“I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.”
Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist

The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.”
Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist

The Alexander Technique changed my life. It enabled me to devote more time to creating beauty. This inner strength is essential for all.”
Andrew Logan, sculptor