Anyone who has suffered chronic back pain knows how depressing it can be over the years, with very little long term respite from traditional medicine and therapeutic methods. It seems obvious now that the way I move and think and ‘use’ myself would be the key to improvement, but one clearly needs to have the experience and be ‘shown the way’, so to speak. My back feels looser, almost always pain-free, I feel taller, more balanced and co-ordinated. Lessons with Quintin and applying the principles of the Technique in my everyday life are now a constant and essential part of my life.
Anthony Crawford, Chartered Accountant
After years of suffering with neckache, visiting chiropractors and osteopaths, a friend recommended the Alexander Technique. Within a few months of lessons with Quintin my neckache had gone. I have also benefitted in many other ways, particularly in my ability to deal with stress.
Jane Newton, CAB Advisor and Vicar’s Wife
Comparing myself now to when I started having lessons with Quintin a couple of years ago always brings a smile to my face and a flood of relief. I came to lessons suffering debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. I had daily chest pains, digestive problems and vertigo. These have all but disappeared. If I had to describe it I’d say that it feels like my previously troublesome muscles and internal organs have been given the room they need to function properly. I have a way to go with my anxiety, but the Technique gives you a certain security and a direction to go in to deal with it. Lessons are an integral part of my week now. It’s a fascinating journey. And it’s fun!
Sam Collins, Writer and Web Designer
As a musician, pain and weariness were begining to have a serious effect on my ability to play. With the Alexander Technique I am able to play for longer, with more ease, and my performance seems better all round somehow. Both my colleagues and audience have noticed.
Philippa Charles, Musician (Piano and Violin)
As a professional artist I have found that the Technique has enabled me to listen to my body when painting, whether standing at my easel or sitting at my desk painting smaller works. I can give my Alexander directions, as taught to me by my teacher – this frees my neck of muscular tension and I get a definite sense of moving myself forward and up, where I am definitely at my best. It also gives me the freedom to stop, if only for a few moments, and return afresh to painting. That’s a wonderful feeling!
Quintin has a genuine love of people and lives for the Technique, and I always look forward to my lessons.
Susie Lidstone, Professional Freelance Artist
Any doubts or scepticism I may have had with regard to the Alexander Technique were soon dispelled within a few lessons under Quintin’s care. After several years of attending his lessons, the Technique has proved both curative and preventative as a viable solution to the back problems I have experienced for a considerable time.
I came to the Alexander Technique in desperation with raging indigestion, which had been diagnosed as chronic acid reflux. It made my life a misery and after numerous faddish food diets and extensive tests, my consultant suggested that my posture might be the problem. I have a stressful life as a lawyer and had spent years in training and practice hunched up over books, compounded by the constant demands of professional life. I was thus collapsing at the front of my torso (hence hunched shoulders, aching back and a little pot belly) and this was all pushing down on my abdomen and causing damaging and painful acid reflux.
A chance conversation about this with a friend led me to the Alexander Technique. After several months of Alexander lessons, I had ceased taking all prescription antacid drugs, was able to eat what I liked and started to have a normal life for the first time in years. I was able to sleep uninterrupted too.
Through the Alexander Technique, I have come to understand the years of misuse I have unknowingly imposed on my poor body. The Technique is not a therapy but a way of life, self help if you like. I am a keen motoring fan and by way of analogy think of the Technique like performance tuning, to be able to operate more efficiently. Things go out of tune and hence my regular session with Quintin helps me to help myself keep tuned up.
I ignore looking after myself at my peril as my dreaded Achilles heel of chronic indigestion will come back if provoked. The warning sign is a hint of indigestion and I know then to come back to the principles of what one learns in an Alexander lesson.
Quintin is one of the most remarkable teachers I have had. He is a natural teacher, passionate about the Alexander Technique and his huge enthusiasm, knowledge and energy are addictive!
Stephen Harper, Solicitor