Alexander Technique Teacher, Bristol, UK
Over the years I've worked in film and TV production, screen composition, songwriting, playwriting and performing.
Early-onset osteoarthritis led to a new hip and then new knees.
I was looking for ways to help myself and a friend urged me to try the Alexander Technique. I was so impressed after lessons, I decided to train as a teacher. What I've learned helps me move way better than I ever could have without it. Eight years' training have furnished me with excellent skills for teaching, researching all the latest ins and outs of living with chronic conditions, and for life in general. I am now passionate to support others and share the knowledge and useful tools that help me so much.
Some of the transformations I have experienced in myself and witnessed in other people have been truly amazing.
I no longer get the regular cricks in the neck I used to; neither do I '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 that). My thinking is better directed and I enjoy more confidence in my powers of reasoning and judgment.
I am particularly fascinated in the ratio of any given condition to the response to that condition (or situation). You can't always control what comes at you in life; but you can build an arsenal of mental tools and skills that help you respond in the best possible way to your current circumstances. So, it's not just about moving more easily - although being able to do that is truly wonderful, of course. My admiration for Alexander's work continues to grow as I continue to develop and grow through it.
I am happily married to Bill and have two wonderful grown-up children. I still enjoy writing, making music and podcasting, 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." - Ann-Marie, Nurse