Several pupils have been kind enough to write about their personal experiences.
Diana Faber, Clerkenwell
I have degenerative arthritis in my spine. Thus, for some years I suffered constant low back, neck and shoulder pain. I started regular Alexander Technique lessons with Michelle about 2 years ago and I practice semi-supine twice a day. It took some time before I noticed improvement. Initially, pain management was the main change. Read more
David Dutton, East London
As a teenager I developed mild kypho-lordosis whereby the upper part of the spine curves giving the appearance of a slight hunch or rounded shoulders. A friend recommended the Alexander Technique and I have been having lessons ever since. Read more
Harriet Becher, Brockley
I first went to see Michelle about four years ago. I was initially interested in finding out if Alexander Technique could help with my recurrent back pain, but at about the same time as I started the lessons I discovered I was pregnant. AT did sort out my back pain – but more importantly, it has been invaluable in helping me cope with the demands of pregnancy, childbirth and caring for small children.
I feel really lucky to have discovered AT at such an important time in my life, and would definitely recommend it to other pregnant women or new mothers. It has brought me a sense of wellbeing despite all the physical and emotional challenges of the past few years….. Read more
Doreen Faisca, Brixton
I first came across the Alexander Technique as a Speech Therapy student many, many years ago. I don’t remember much about what we did in that taster class but what I do recall is leaving that session feeling at least 3 inches taller. Years later when I started working with adults who stammer I read how the AT could help with posture and breathing techniques. I became curious about how I could use AT in my work as a therapist and so I attended a weekend workshop run by Michelle which was the start of a very fruitful relationship. Read more
Sarah Oxford, Canary Wharf
I have recurring neck and shoulder problems, and over the last couple of years I’ve had numerous physiotherapy sessions and lots of disturbed nights’ sleep. About 6-7 months ago I bought a book about the Shaw Method of swimming, which is based on the Alexander Technique (AT). It made such a massive improvement to my swimming technique that I decided to try AT lessons too. Read more
Stephanie Chocieszynska, Islington
I had my first Alexander lesson with Michelle nearly two years ago. I didn’t have (and still don’t) a specific reason for going – I just felt it was something that would benefit me. I soon learned that there are no easy answers to questions about the Technique. It is something you just have to experience. Read more