I just found this Daily Telgraph article from 2001.
Why do journalists always focus on 'posture' when they enquire about the Alexander Technique, and never ask about the 'mental' benefits?
'Peter Nobes gave me this advice: "Never tell Oliver to stand up straight, it will only make matters worse." The idea, he explained, is not to learn "shoulders back, tummy in" but to unlearn the bad habits that changed us from infants who moved effortlessly into adults - or 11-year-olds - who have lost that grace and ease.'
Two events in France this summer.
I’m teaching a two-day Professional Development Workshop for Alexander teachers, August 23rd and 24th. More information, in French, here.
Then we have our annual five-day residential, for everyone from complete beginners to experienced teachers. More information here.
Both these events are in Abzac, a town surrounded by vineyards, close to Bordeaux.
My latest video: why the Alexander Technique is the most effective option for back pain.
My latest video; Your Wild and Precious Life.
"What we’re learning in Alexander lessons is not bodywork. It's to step outside our patterns, our habits. It’s about getting off autopilot; thinking about things differently; making new choices."
The Alexander Technique with Jeremy Chance and Peter Nobes,
A class/workshop with two teachers who don't do chairwork or semi-supine!
Saturday March 9th, 3pm to 6:30pm, at the South Bank Alexander Centre. More information here.
"Mindfulness in 3D" has been reviewed favourably in STATNews - the magazine of the mainstream professional body. The review starts "This is a wonderful little book that belongs on everyone's AT bookshelf."
I got a message from one of my trainee teachers saying he'd "spent ten years in psychotherapy without a therapeutic shift and achieved one within months of doing Alexander Technique. Psychotherapy clarified a lot of things for me but didn't help me to change the way that Alexander Technique has." He also said he'd spent most of his adult life miserable, but is now only miserable when he chooses to be.
I've just booked my flights to Tel Aviv to spend a few days in December helping train Alexander Teachers at BodyThought with my colleagues Galit Zeif and Ravit Dahan.
On Sunday one of my trainees graduated.
We had a couple of short speeches then opened a bottle of champagne. Claire has embodied the Alexander work and is an excellent teacher. She says
"The Alexander Technique has opened my mind and created space for a lot of changes in my life and my work. The AT is a process that teaches non-reactiveness, and a mindful, dynamic awareness that allows me to improvise and enjoy life moment by moment."
Free Alexander Technique class - Saturday November 10th, 11 to 1:30.
My November teacher training weekend starts on Friday 9th. On Saturday morning we have an "open house" session - you are welcome to drop in, whether you are a teacher or trainee, "keen amateur" or complete beginner.
Our guest teacher is Penny O'Connor, and there will be at least four other teachers, from ATI and STAT, and, we hope, ITM.