I had struggled with back pain and neck and shoulder tension for decades. I tried various osteopaths, yoga, massage approaches, but they did little to address my problems in the long-term. I was left feeling rather hopeless about my prospects of changing this until I had lessons with Kate on the Alexander Technique. These lessons have enabled me to recognise how I was holding and moving my body in ways that were causing tension and strain. Her keen awareness of my patterns was extremely useful in enabling me to transform them in an easy way, with minimal effort. While I still have some ways to go, I can say that I probably feel about 75% less tension and pain in my back, neck and shoulders. My sitting, walking, running, cycling, gardening and even my time in the kitchen are characterised by much greater ease and efficiency. I couldn’t recommend the lessons enough.
The visits were well worth the money. Just learning to relax the body was a gift. Kate was an amazing teacher who imparted her knowledge with calmness, helpfulness and a strong wish that what she was teaching would be of benefit and it certainly was. I can recommend Kate and this technique for quite a few ailments but certainly for a sore back and stiff legs it was an eye opener, learning what I had been doing wrong for years which had affected my body.
I had about 12 sessions in Alexander Technique with Kate and am very happy to recommend her. Kate taught me a lot about posture, release of tension, and co-ordination of mind and body. She is very knowledgeable and followed up the sessions with useful handouts. I found her calm and gentle approach very helpful.
It is a lifestyle now for me. I feel younger, more loosened up in my body. My joints feel springy even though my hip operation was only five months ago. I feel free, happy and joyful.
It was difficult at first to adhere to your principles, particularly when I was trying to incorporate all that you advised simultaneously. However, my reflection in shop windows indicated that I was improving and I gradually improved my posture without necessarily concentrating on it. Friends and relations remarked upon the difference. But there were unexpected gains, too. A fiercely painful shoulder pain would arise if I walked too far. Now it threatens occasionally when I am able to ward it off. A back pain that I have suffered for decades occurs less frequently and is milder. All in all, I am grateful to have attended your classes and I hope that many more will seek your help.
... by the end of Monday, my leg was almost pain free. I don’t know what you did, but it has really helped free my back and leg.