I spent over a decade working in NHS management before deciding to train as an Alexander Technique Teacher. Working mainly with computers, I realised I was spending far too much time hunched over a desk, restricting my breathing and generally using myself badly.
Back pain and neck pain were a regular feature of my life, and after submitting myself to multiple treatments it became apparent that the same issues just kept returning. I was determined to figure this out for myself, since all these therapies were costing me a fortune, and none had the lasting effects I desired. I chanced upon a description of the Alexander Technique and instantly warmed to the idea of doing something for myself, rather than having something done to me. My first lesson was revelatory, I knew I had found the solution. No more being manipulated, manhandled and contorted in the name of "treatment"!
After many, many lessons I still wanted to learn more, so I decided to train as a teacher. I completed my training at the worlds oldest and most respected Alexander Technique training school, The Constructive Teaching Centre in Holland Park, London. The school was set up and run by Walter Carrington, who was FM Alexander's right-hand man.
STAT Qualified Alexander Teachers have undergone at least a 3 year, full time course of study at a STAT recognised school.