The Alexander Technique

At the core of the Alexander Technique is the freedom of the neck muscles and poise of the head which facilitates the correct alignment of the head, neck and spine. In particular, the Technique aims to help us undo harmful patterns of use and return to the effortless bio-mechanics that we enjoyed as young children.

Alexander Lesson

Alexander Lesson

Basically, the Technique teaches us to use our bodies in balance, as efficiently as possible, with the minimum effort.

The Alexander Technique is not a prescriptive list of exercises or a robust 'chiropractic' treatment. It is far more subtle than that. It is actually a healthy educational postural plan for the body.

The effects of the changes one makes as one is taught the Technique are far reaching and long lasting. The benefits to the rider are obvious; an educated balanced and relaxed rider will be able to help his/her horse to perform better.

What happens in an Alexander Technique Lessons?

Lessons are one-to-one with Felicity in her Studio at Jerwoods Farm and last about 40 minutes. You need no special clothing, just wear a comfortable top and trousers.

Using gentle 'hands on' guidance, Felicity works through everyday movements such as sitting, standing and walking to help educate 'use' patterns allowing you to look after yourself more easily.

Table Work

As part of the lesson, you may experience table work. In removing the effects of gravity on the body, table work helps the relationship of the head, neck and back.

It can help you

  • Feel more relaxed - mentally and physically
  • Enjoy a sense of heightened awareness
  • Reduce back, neck and joint pain
  • Improve performance
  • Enjoy the learning process
  • Prevent injury
  • Feel more confident

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone can benefit from learning the Alexander Technique but specifically:-

  • Horse Riders of all disciplines
  • Dancers
  • Performance artists: actors, singers and musicians
  • Sports men and women
  • It helps with stress management and competition nerves

Brief History

The Technique was devised by Australian actor, F M Alexander over 100 years ago. He suffered voice problems that were not curable by medical methods. Alexander started to analyse the way he moved his body. He found stiffening of the neck muscles caused loss of natural free head poise, leading to a loss of integrity of the nead/neck/back relationship. This in turn caused a deterioration of free movement in other parts of the body and poor breathing. F M Alexander was a keen rider and his findings help many Riders today.

Felicity trained with Stephen Cooper at the Oxford Alexander Training School and is a qualified teacher and member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT).

Types of Sessions Available

  • First session on the Simulator cost £50, following sessions £45 (allow 1 hour for safety and fitting: 40 minutes instruction on the simulator).
  • First Alexander session £45, following sessions £38 (45 minutes)
  • Combination Alexander Sessions in the The Studio, followed by Simulator Sessions £95, first lesson or £87 for pupils who have worked with me before.
  • Pony Clubs and Riding Clubs often book group sessions. These are very popular as people learn from watching other receive instruction on the simulator. In groups of 4: Cost £35 per person for 25mins
  • Sharing lesson (2 people) 25 mins each. £35 each
  • One and two day clinics are available. Felicity works with Jenny Sampson, a fellow qualified Alexander Teacher and rider to provide a full day's instruction for up to 6 people. Enjoy an individual Alexander Lesson with the added attraction of watching and learning from each other's simulator sessions. Overnight accommodation in nearby B&B.

There is a 15 stone weight limit on the simulator and riders have to wear hats when riding it.

To make a booking please contact Felicity. If more than two hours are booked at one time then a non refundable deposit of £25 is required at time of booking.