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TASTER SESSIONS: In addition to her clinics in Northallerton on Mondays and Wednesdays Gail also runs occasional days of individual taster sessions in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in Northallerton, Richmond and Barnard Castle

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  • Do you have a bad back, neck or joints?
  • Are you stiffer, tighter or less mobile than you used to be?
  • Are you feeling stressed?
  • Do you struggle to do the things you love to do?
  • Is this state of affairs stopping you from getting on with your life?

What is Alexander Technique?

Alexander Technique is about unlearning the bad posture and habits you've learned over a lifetime and re-teaching the body to work in the way it's meant to. In this way you can enable your body to move freely without stress or pain.It gives you the opportunity to change your life if you have issues connected with backs, necks, joints, stress, activities, performing, etc.

The Technique is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, since your individual habit patterns, life history and presenting problems mean the sessions need to be tailored to suit you personally. Private sessions involve an initial assessment followed by a combination of teaching work and gentle, subtle couchwork to assist your body in the changes you need to make.

Gail's one-to-one clinics for assessing and treating individual problems are held in the Wellness Centre, Northallerton. From time to time she also offers introductory workshops in North Yorkshire and County Durham, where you can learn general principles of the Alexander Technique and where you can learn preventative strategies to avoid problems in the future.
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How can it help me?

Although it isn't appropriate for everyone, the Alexander Technique can help people with a wide range of physical and stress-related problems, not just bad backs. The site includes personal experiences from many of Gail's students of how the Alexander Technique has helped them in various ways, often completely transforming their lives.
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Is it effective?

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL REPORT ON BACK-PAIN TREATMENTS AUGUST 2008

Clinical trials by Portsmouth and Bristol Universities looked at the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique and were published in the British Medical Journal(BMJ 2008;337:a884). The research covered 579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain in England, and looked into the comparative long-term effectiveness of a number of back-pain treatments over a timespan of 12 months.

They concluded:

"One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain...and quality of life improved significantly."
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How can I learn the Technique?

Gail offers individual Alexander Technique sessions at her clinics in Northallerton. She occasionally arranges one-to-one 'taster' sessions in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
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How much does it cost?

The course fee for a half-hour session is 39.

Want to know more?

Please telephone Gail on 01748 884450 if you would like to discuss how she may be able to help you.

Gail Barlow AIL DipM MSTAT 01748 884450

Teacher of the Alexander Technique in Northallerton