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 undue stress and tension I held in my body compromised free stature and movement. Both affected 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 full-time at the renowned Brighton Alexander Technique College (a STAT-approved training course).
Having completed my 3-year (1600 hours) training in 2010 I now offer individual lessons in Hove from a dedicated and comfortable room in my house.
I am a qualified teaching member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (the internationally recognised body which monitors standards of teaching and training).
As a member of my professional organisation I am insured and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Alexander Technique. I have enhanced DBS status for work with adults, children and young people.
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.
As well as now teaching at the college where I trained, 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 on-going back pain. This is under the auspices of new research being undertaken at Southampton University.
Janet Jacobs MSTAT, B.ED (Hons), QTS, PostGraduate Diploma Teacher of the deaf
Whatever your reason for learning Alexander Technique – to regain free mobility and movement, breathe easily and effortlessly, relieve pain or stiffness, 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 and using the close connections of mind and body to change unregistered tension habits and recover ease.