Benefits of the Alexander Technique
...some personal stories
How this testimonial section was gathered and how it can be used:
"My original career before training to become an Alexander Technique teacher was in industrial market research. Using this background, I contacted one hundred of my students, some current, some who had sessions with me from anywhere between one and twenty-odd years ago, some who had very few sessions, some who continued to a deeper level, some who came solely one-to-one (the majority), some who also undertook group work, including staff development work, a few who only participated in group work, some young, some older, people from all walks of life imaginable.
All were asked if they would be willing to answer two questions for this website. The two questions were: 'What benefits, if any, do you feel you have gained from your Alexander sessions?' and 'How would you describe Gail's teaching style?'
In normal market research terms, agreement to take part in this study might be expected to run at about 20%, giving us twenty responses. Incredibly, all one hundred students agreed to respond to the above questions with their experiences and opinions and we therefore have an unbelievably huge wealth of valuable information, into which you can dip according to your personal area of interest.
May I thank all these one hundred students for their time, for their helpful, interesting comments (and for the very kind personal comments) and in some cases for their photos too! It is a joy to see how people are experiencing such a wide range of benefits. Bearing in mind that different things (osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, Alexander Technique) are suited to different people at different times, it is clear here that the Technique was the right thing at the right time for these people."
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Gail Barlow is the Director of Dolphin Alexander Courses, which she set up in 1990 after completing the three-year full-time Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course and qualifying as a Teacher of the F M Alexander Technique.
Gail trained as an Alexander Teacher in the eighties and has now worked with over 2,000 people in the UK and Europe. She is now a very experienced teacher and is able to 'tune in' and work with each person in a method and at a pace uniquely suited to their individual needs.
She is a Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), which was founded in 1958 and is the oldest and largest professional body of Alexander Technique teachers in the world.