Alexander Technique Yorkshire

with Bridget Barr

From effort and strain to lightness and ease

 

One to one lessons in Otley, West Yorkshire

Group sessions

Online lessons

Have you resigned yourself to

Chronic back or neck pain
Feeling generally stiff or tense, especially when you move
Low energy levels and feeling overwhelmed by life

Have you tried different treatments and been disappointed by the results? Discover how to resolve problems yourself rather than always having to depend on others to treat you. Alexander Technique lessons offer a gentle approach to improving health and wellbeing that has proven and lasting benefits. A sense of curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to explore what is possible for you is all you need to get started.

Alexander Technique Yorkshire

What would you like to change ?

Chronic pain in my back or neck

Back and neck pain

This series of one to one lessons will suit you if you:

Are experiencing chronic pain in your back or neck, possibly due to an old injury or spending extended periods:

• Using a computer, tablet or mobile phone
• Playing a musical instrument
• Gardening
• Doing close work such as sewing, knitting, icing cakes
• Any other activities that cause you pain or tension

•  Are finding that your life is becoming increasingly restricted to the point where you have to limit work and interests
   or even give some of them up altogether

•  Want to learn ways of relieving the pain yourself rather than always having to depend on others to treat you

•  Understand that working on the whole of you is more effective than only focussing on the parts of you that hurt

We will use the Alexander Technique to help relieve pain in your back or neck by:

• Getting curious about when you use unnecessary tension or effort during your usual activities

• Replacing old, painful movement patterns with new ones that feel lighter and easier

• Developing and using just the right amount of tone and strength for the activities you want or need to do

• Recognising how spatial awareness, thinking and breathing affect your whole self

• Exploring some basic living anatomy, so you understand how you are designed to move

The number of lessons you need will depend on where you are starting from and what you want to achieve.  Once we establish that the Alexander Technique is the right approach for you, it is good to commit to regular lessons.  I suggest starting with six lessons at weekly intervals if possible.  Most people find that they enjoy learning the Alexander Technique and benefit from it so much that they want to continue beyond this.  We would aim to reduce the frequency to fortnightly then monthly when the time is right for you.

Back and neck pain

This series of one to one lessons will suit you if you:

Are experiencing chronic pain in your back or neck, possibly due to an old injury or spending extended periods:

• Using a computer, tablet or mobile phone
• Playing a musical instrument
• Gardening
• Doing close work such as sewing, knitting, icing cakes
• Any other activities that cause you pain or tension

•  Are finding that your life is becoming increasingly restricted to the point where you have to limit work and interests
   or even give some of them up altogether

•  Want to learn ways of relieving the pain yourself rather than always having to depend on others to treat you

•  Understand that working on the whole of you is more effective than only focussing on the parts of you that hurt

We will use the Alexander Technique to help relieve pain in your back or neck by:

• Getting curious about when you use unnecessary tension or effort during your usual activities

• Replacing old, painful movement patterns with new ones that feel lighter and easier

• Developing and using just the right amount of tone and strength for the activities you want or need to do

• Recognising how spatial awareness, thinking and breathing affect your whole self

• Exploring some basic living anatomy, so you understand how you are designed to move

The number of lessons you need will depend on where you are starting from and what you want to achieve.  Once we establish that the Alexander Technique is the right approach for you, it is good to commit to regular lessons.  I suggest starting with six lessons at weekly intervals if possible.  Most people find that they enjoy learning the Alexander Technique and benefit from it so much that they want to continue beyond this.  We would aim to reduce the frequency to fortnightly then monthly when the time is right for you.

Feeling generally stiff and tense especially when I move

Feeling generally stiff and tense

This series of one to one lessons will suit you if you:

Find that you are becoming less mobile or agile than you used to be to the point where you are thinking of giving up activities you previously enjoyed

Are recovering from an illness, operation or fall, and you want to increase your confidence and activity levels again

Want to avert the general stiffness and reduced mobility that so often associated with advancing age

Want to be proactive about staying healthy and active as you get older

We will use the Alexander Technique to help you feel less stiff and tense by:

• Getting curious about how you currently move and exploring what is possible for you at this time.

• Calming your nervous system so that you can find your way through the fog of old habits towards new,
  more efficient movement patterns

• Training your awareness to become sensitive to when you tense unnecessarily and use more effort
  than is needed so that you can choose to start again with a sense of lightness and ease

• Exporing some basic living anatomy, so you understand how you are designed to move

• Developing and using just the right amount of tone and strength for the activities you want or need to do

• Recognising how spatial awareness, thinking and breathing affect movement

The number of lessons you need will depend on where you are starting from and what you want to achieve.  Once we establish that the Alexander Technique is the right approach for you, it is good to commit to regular lessons.  I suggest starting with six lessons at weekly intervals if possible.  Most people find that they enjoy learning the Alexander Technique and benefit from it so much that they want to continue beyond this.  We would aim to reduce the frequency to fortnightly then monthly when the time is right for you

Low energy levels and feeling overwhelmed by life

Low energy levels and feeling overwhelmed by life

This series of one to one lessons will suit you if you:

Often feel tired, lacking in energy, and as if you don’t have the strength to do the things you want to do

Are recovering from an illness or operation

Often feel stressed and overwhelmed

Have tried things like meditation, mindfulness and relaxation, but they either don’t suit you, or you haven’t got the benefit you hoped for

We will use the Alexander Technique to help restore your energy levels and reduce feelings of overwhelm by:

 

• Exploring different ways of calming your nervous system that will reduce your feelings of overwhelm.
  These will include techniques you can use on your own at home and ones you can use in busy places

• The opportunity to explore your everyday activities, noticing any extra tension or effort (and therefore energy)
  so you can replace them with a sense of lightness and ease

• Developing and using just the right amount of tone and strength for the activities you want or need to do

• Recognising how spatial awareness, thinking and breathing affect your whole self

The number of lessons you need will depend on where you are starting from and what you want to achieve.  Once we establish that the Alexander Technique is the right approach for you, it is good to commit to regular lessons.  I suggest starting with six lessons at weekly intervals if possible.  Most people find that they enjoy learning the Alexander Technique and benefit from it so much that they want to continue beyond this.  We would aim to reduce the frequency to fortnightly then monthly when the time is right for you.

Alexander Technique Yorkshire

Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

‘Close contact services’, including Alexander Technique Teachers, are permitted to start seeing clients in person again from 12th April 2021.  Like many others, I remain cautious about the pandemic, but I am happy to offer in-person sessions within the current guidance. Below are details of what the guidance requires you and me to do to keep us as safe as possible.  Please read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.  I apologise if it all seems a bit much but remember the most important thing is that we do all we can to keep safe and well.

Supporting NHS Test and Trace

I will display an NHS Test and Trace Poster and ask you to scan the code with your NHS COVID-19 App if you have one.  If you do not have the App, I will need to keep contact details for you, which I do anyway of course.

Screening for COVID-19

If your answer to any of the questions below is ‘yes’, please do not attend your appointment.  Just let me know, and we will arrange another time.

  • Are you required to be self-isolating? You are required to self isolate if you:
  • Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • Have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
  • Have recently returned from travelling
  • Have you had a recent onset of a new continuous cough?
  • Do you have a high temperature?
  • Have you noticed a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell?

For everyone attending sessions, I will check your answers to these questions when you arrive.

Maintaining social distance

  • There will only be one client and me in the house at any one time.
  • As I will be wearing a mask and a visor, close contact such as hands-on work is allowed; however, I will work by your side or behind you where it is practical to do so.

Personal Protective Equipment

Please bring a mask with you and wear it at all times.  I will be wearing a mask, and a visor as the guidance requires.

Keeping everything clean

I will:

  • Use a hand sanitiser when you arrive and as needed during our session. I will ask you to do the same using either the product I provide, or you are welcome to bring your own
  • Clean surfaces between each client, including door handles, chairs, treatment tables, etc.
  • Provide paper towels and tissues to use as needed and touch-free bins for their safe disposal
  • Wear a clean mask, visor and top for each client

Ventilation

Please wrap up warm as I will be keeping windows open to ensure good ventilation.

Providing and Explaining Available Guidance

I will email you a copy of my current safety measures before your first appointment and have a copy available at my house for us to refer to if needed.

Also

  • Please bring a drink with you if you think you will need one
  • To avoid unnecessary contact, I would prefer you to pay by bank transfer. If this is not possible, cash or cheques are still okay.
  • I have had both my vaccines

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions