Alexander Technique School, Queen's Park

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Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
London
Staff: 

Head of Training: Ilana Machover (Magidov 1984)

Teacher Training Address: 
5 Milman Road, Queen's Park, London NW6 6EN
Contact Details: 

Telephone: 020 8969 5356 Enquiries: Evenings
Email: queensparkat@ntlworld.com

Prerequisites: 

Previous individual lessons, Interview with head of training. Visit to school advisable.

Terms: 
Three terms per year
Weekly Hours: 
09.00 to 13.00 Monday to Thursday
Course Fees: 
£4650 per year
Year Founded: 
2004
Graduates: 
16
Current Trainees: 
8
Curriculum: 

Course content follows STAT guidelines. About 80 per cent of the teaching time is devoted to practical work. This is the principal route towards understanding, experiencing and internalising the fundamental concepts of FM Alexander's discoveries: primary control, inhibition, directions, conscious control, unity of mind and body, means whereby, end gaining and non-doing, acknowledging the force of habit, and our deficient proprioception.

Theoretical work includes daily reading from classics of AT literature. Specialist sessions devoted to anatomy and physiology, vision, Dart procedures, voice and movement.

Every effort is made to include relevant topics requested by trainees. Each student gets intensive daily attention and is gradually guided to develop hands-on work and other teaching skills.
 

Additional notes: 

New trainees may enrol at the beginning of any term.

The school occupies an entire ground floor of a Victorian house: a large, airy, well-equipped teaching room facing Queen’s Park; cloakroom; bathroom; kitchen and conservatory. There is a good reference library. Our location enables us to make frequent use of the park for outdoor work and activities.

Excellent public transport connections: underground, overground and buses. Car-parking facility is also available.

UK/World?: 
UK

I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.

Annette Shaw
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