Yo-yo-ing backward and forward from London to Beaminster in Dorset each week seems a bit mad, but it lets me incorporate all that I enjoy into my life. I get to teach the Alexander Technique in my central London practice in Cavendish Square as well as teaching the technique locally to neighbours and local people around Beaminster. To be honest I enjoy both locations as the city offers so much in terms of arts and culture as well as meeting so many interesting people from all around the world who want to visit me for sessions, and in Beamimster I get the peace of our home near the church (except when the bells are ringing...but I don't mind them at all) where I can quietly teach the Alexander Technique with a nice view of our terrace and garden. Such is the best of both worlds.
My 'work' with the Alexander Technique is about helping people learn the technique so they can help themselves improve in health, well being and performance. An accummulation of postural habits over the years can cause backache, neck pain, headaches, stress, sciatica and poor breathing, to name just a few symptoms. These habits go on to affect everything we do as our tensions characterise our movements. They affect our ability in sport, horse riding as well as our confidence and stature and even our ability to just sit and stand comfortably. By learning the Alexander Technique we can inhibit the harmful patterns of tensions and relearn healthy upright poise. We regain much of the light and expansive free quality we enjoyed as young children. It normally takes a short course of lessons, so I get to meet people on a regular basis for a few weeks or months. And it's nearly always great fun.Photography and violin playing are my passions outside of my Alexander work and both let me express myself in different ways. With the photography I specialise in black an white work developed and printed in the traditional manner in my darkroom with an enlarger. I particularly enjoy the early morning light in spring and autumn when I love photographing trees as well as church interiors. (see the Photography link above). I've only been playing the violin for six years and despite being busy writing and teaching still manage to fit in 1-2 hours playing a day. My partner also gets to see me occasionally too! (She is very patient!) We love country walking which is so easy from out doorstep across the West Dorset fields, through the woods over hills and along the streams. Lovely!
Member of Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society