Over the years I have worked in film and TV production, screen composition, songwriting, playwriting and performing.
Early-onset osteoarthritis led to a new hip and then a new knee...
I was looking for ways I could help myself and a friend urged me to try the Alexander Technique. I was so impressed after lessons with Simon Gore that I signed up to train as an ITM teacher. What I have learned and now teach continues to help me do so much better than I ever could without it. Eight years of training have equipped me with excellent skills for researching all the latest ins and outs of coping with arthritis and I have become passionate to support and share this knowledge and the useful tools that help me, chiefly of course the Alexander Technique.
Some of the transformations I have experienced in myself and
witnessed in other people have been truly amazing.
Alexander Technique Teacher, Bristol, UK
I no longer get the frequent cricks in the neck I used to; nor do I regularly 'go over' on my ankles. I'll never be Ginger Rogers; but I manage my arthritis to such a degree that few would guess from looking at me that I have it. In fact, I'm often not taken seriously by doctors because I move ‘too well’ (a mixed blessing, but I'll take it). My thinking is better directed and I enjoy ever greater confidence in my own powers of reasoning and judgment.
I am particularly fascinated in the ratio of (any given) "condition" to "response to condition”. You can't always control what comes at you in life; but the Alexander Technique offers a mighty arsenal of mental tools and skills that give you greater control over your your response to your circumstances. My admiration for Alexander's work continues to grow as I myself continue to grow and improve.
I am happily married to Bill and have two wonderful grown-up children. I still enjoy writing and making music, and I love gardening.
Lessons with Frances teaching the Alexander Technique have been a revelation to me. I highly recommend Frances and the ITM teaching method. This is the most fun I have had in learning. I am now a student for life. This is a tool kit for your emotional and physical wellbeing, so... don't delay, go see Frances.