The Alexander Technique has been taught in The Cotswolds for many years, privately and in educational establishments, health clinics and centres for sport and the performing arts. 

 

I was born and bred in Cornwall and over the last 20+ years have been teaching the Alexander Technique in Devon, Dorset, Sussex and now Gloucestershire. 

 

I am based in Cheltenham at The Practice Rooms, Cambray Place, conveniently close to Gloucester. 

Alexander Technique in Gloucester

Cambray Place, the entrance to The Practice Rooms and one of the rooms inside

From the street you access The Practice Rooms via a short flight of stairs. The rooms are comfortable, light and attractive. There is convenient parking at any of the town centre car parks, Bath Parade being perhaps the closest, and there are plenty of cafes and other amenities nearby.

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I TEACH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE...

 

Alexander Technique for Actors in Gloucester

 

All the best performing arts colleges have Alexander Technique on the curriculum, hence the great number of famous film stars who report that the technique has helped them in their career. 

 

I love working with actors - it's great fun! From eager amateurs to the occasional famous face, I enjoy helping people find comfort and freedom in what they do. For a full account see here.

'Good acting is revealing yourself, not covering yourself up. If your body is free, your mind is free.  [The Alexander Technique allows] you to feel what it's like to stay open physically, and also stay fully involved in whatever you're supposed to be doing.'

 

Annette Bening

Actor

"[The Alexander Technique] is a way to transform stress to joy.  It's my

way of keeping on track with work and truth and the world I’m in which is working with people and creating. It’s for anyone who wants to be in contact with their own body and the way we tense ourselves and relax ourselves. It’s another way of moving." 


Juliette Binoche
Actor

 

 

 

Alexander Technique for Musicians in Gloucester

 

As with acting and riding, the Alexander Technique has been used for well over a century by all kinds of musicians.

 

Over the years I have encountered many different instrumentalists with an array of postural challenges and I used to work with the music scholars at several independent schools. Personally I found the technique very beneficial in training and performing as a singer.

Alexander Technique for Horse Riders in Gloucester
 

Riders are among my absolute favourite pupils as they already have a high level of understanding of muscular efficiency which they are able to relate to their own use. Lessons in the Alexander Technique and can be of great benefit to both the rider and the horse and therefore are widely used in this sport. 

 

I have a saddle stand which I can provide at TPR on request. This is not only useful for riders but for anybody learning about supporting their weight through the seat with the legs hanging freely.

 

I recommend reading this article and this book on riding with The Alexander Technique.

'Forty years ago, after one of my concerts, Adrian Boult told me that if I continued to conduct like that I'd become a cripple, and that I must take lessons in the Alexander Technique. Today I am still having lessons - as with music, there is no end to the learning process.  It affects not only the use of the body, but also one's views of oneself and one's behavior. For the aches and ills that come with the years, the Technique can work miracles.'

 

Sir Colin Davis

Managing Director, Royal Academy of Music

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Many athletes worldwide use the Alexander Technique to improve their speed and stamina, their aim and game. Improvements aren't guaranteed, but if you are tense and habitually using your muscles inefficiently, this will adversely effect your performance. 

Climbers can improve their grade, golfers decrease their handicap and all sorts of athletes can feel more energised and comfortable.

 

I have taught dozens of athletes and have used the technique myself in running, swimming and dancing.

Learning to optimise your underlying use will remove barriers to success.

Alexander Technique for Athletes in Gloucester

Sebastian Coe, Olympic Gold Medallist

'I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn't have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.'

Valerie Thompson Williams

Rowing Masters gold medallist

 

I'm not medically trained and will always refer my pupils to a doctor or an osteopath when appropriate. However, it's worth pointing out that if you have unidentified muscular contraction in a problem area, you would benefit from learning to reduce that contraction because it may be contributing towards, or even causing, the problem itself, as is often the case. 

 

I have taught clients with a huge selection of musculoskeletal problems, from migraines to RSI to sciatica. People often claim the technique has helped, or even cured them of diverse conditions.

 

Scientific evidence that the technique can cure certain conditions has come from various clinical trials, such as the following:

Lower back pain...Click here for details

 

and neck pain...Click here for details  

Alexander Technique for Musculoskeletal problems in Gloucester

'We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.'

 

Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988)

Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1974

 

 (from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, half of which was devoted to talking about the AT and changes that he and his family experienced from lessons)

 

 

Students can often find themselves exhausted from the demands of studying and sitting exams. Also, socialising and maybe the pressure of finding financial support can further raise young people's levels of stress.

 

I can personally recommend Alexander Technique for students, having benefitted form lessons myself when I was at Exeter University. It gives you more energy to get the best out of all your endeavours.

Alexander Technique for Students in Gloucester

 

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Alexander Technique is incredibly useful for each stage of becoming a parent: the    

pressure and weight of the pregnancy, the challenges of childbirth and all the lifting         that comes with having a small child.

 

I have experience of working with pregnant mothers and parents of young children,          

and am also a mother myself. 

 

I recommend this book on pregnancy and childbirth.link

Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth in Gloucester

Alexander Technique for Children in Gloucester
 

I taught for a number of years at Sherborne School, Sherborne School for Girls and Exeter School. I worked with the music scholars, helped children with their exam nerves, body image, posture, self-esteem and well-being. I also worked with children who had medical problems such as scoliosis, sports injury, dyspraxia and slipped disk.

 

You are welcome to accompany your child during lessons, make yourself comfortable and use the Wifi. 

 

Alexander Technique for Businesses in Gloucester
Whether it's due to simple discomfort and fatigue, RSI or neck pain, the fact is, companies lose a lot of money and time due to employees suffering from musculoskeletal problems. 

   

Lessons in the Alexander technique can help reduce absenteeism and improve work-related performance; workshops and presentations can provide opportunities for team-building, health and safety requirements or entertainment.

 

I give free lunch-and-learn talks to companies in Gloucester, I hold workshops for groups and I go to business premises to give one-to-one lessons or rolling group classes.

 

Please go here for a list of companies who have used the Alexander Technique.

In Conclusion

 

I offer workshops and presentations on The Alexander Technique at Gloucester business premises, venues hired by interest groups or at The Practice Rooms in Cheltenham. You can find quite a lot of additional information about the technique on my website or on the STAT website (Society for teachers of the Alexander Technique). 

 

For a complete guide I can recommend this book by one of my former teachers, Carolyn Nicholls 

or 'Body Learning' by Michael Gelb.

I have quite a lot of experience teaching the Alexander Technique and find it a fascinating and challenging career. Each new pupil presents a standard human neuromuscular system and a common pattern of misuse but the process of understanding the individual and unravelling their problems always varies - each of us is unique.

 

I love my work, it's vocational:)

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BA (Hons) 
MSTAT 
DBS checked

Basic First Aid Training

Where To Find Me:

The Practice Rooms

32 Cambray Place

Cheltenham

GL50 1JP

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Jennifer Davy

The Practice Rooms

The Old Bakehouse

2A South Parade

Oxford

OX2 7JL

jenidavy18@gmail.com

Tel: 07866 257033

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