I first came to Alexander Technique in 2005 with recurring backache, feeling out of touch with my body. I had a fascinating but demanding job as a teacher of the deaf along with two little ones of my own; as well as a family house wanting care and attention and a large but needy garden. The gardening was always a welcome therapy, the backache not so. I was aware of poor posture that I seemed unable to change. And I had little understanding how stress and tension I held in my body compromised free stature and movement, affecting my sense of overall wellbeing.
My Alexander Technique lessons meant I began on a journey of self-discovery and self-help as I slowly began to understand about my tension habits and how to attend to my poise. With my new awareness I learned how to effect and maintain lasting changes in myself.
In 2006 inspired by my experience of finding greater coordination – as well as a way to look after my back – I began training at the renowned Brighton Alexander Technique College with Carolyn Nicholls. For me the Alexander Technique is a wonderful ‘mind and body’ learning process. And something that, by continuing to give some thought to it every day, brings huge benefits in many aspects of my life.
I offer individual lessons in Hove from a dedicated and comfortable room in my house. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher having completed my 3 year full-time training in 2010.
I am a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, the largest Professional Association of Alexander Technique Teachers worldwide and internationally recognised body which monitors standards of teaching and training. (www.alexandertechnique.co.uk). I hold a current (enhanced) DBS certificate and am registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, a government body set up to regulate Complementary Health Practitioners.
Since 2010 I have taught student Alexander Technique teachers training at the Brighton Alexander Technique College.
Most recently I have been one of the Alexander Technique teachers taking small group sessions in Hove to explore how the principles of AT can help people relieve and manage back pain. This is under the auspices of new research being undertaken at Southampton University.
Janet Jacobs MSTAT B.ED (Hons), QTS, PG Studies Deaf Education/Teacher of the Deaf
People of all ages learn Alexander Technique. Whatever your reason for learning – to regain free mobility and movement, to breathe easily and effortlessly, to relieve pain or stiffness, to manage stress, enhance performance in speaking, singing or playing an instrument, or simply to look and feel better about yourself, the fundamental principles are the same: learning a conscious awareness and direction of the whole self – using the close connections of mind and body to change unregistered tension habits and recover ease.