What people have said about the Alexander Technique
‘It’s hard to find an Alexander teacher, or person of any kind, with the type of patience and expertise Penelope has. She cleverly combines the three major schools of Alexander thought with very gentle instructions. Her caring personality is a great addition to what’s already a model for others to follow.’
‘I have been learning Alexander Technique for 18 months and my body now feels like a well-oiled machine, not the stiff, tired old thing it was before. My physical awareness has increased significantly, as has my emotional and mental awareness, giving me a more centred and grounded feeling than I have enjoyed for many years. Surprisingly, my diabetes has also improved – my HbA1c levels have decreased, possibly due to better organ function as a result of greatly improved posture and perhaps through reduced stress as well. I am using less physical effort to move than I used to because I have better posture and I am more aware of moving with less effort. I am much calmer and I am not operating in ‘overdrive’ like I used to, and I am still learning.’
Sales and Marketing Director, Sydney
‘I recommend the Alexander Technique as an extremely sophisticated form of rehabilitation…many types of underperformance, and even ailments, both mental and physical, can be alleviated, sometimes to a surprising extent, by teaching the body musculature to function differently.’
Professor Nikolas Tinbergen
1973 Nobel Prize recipient for Physiology/Medicine, Science, July 1974
‘I have been learning Alexander Technique for over a year now and it’s the first time in my life I felt that my spine was longer than my legs. I have always known my spine was longer but it had never felt like it was.’
Nurse, 49 years young
‘The hardest thing to attend to is that which is closest to ourselves, that which is most constant and familiar, this closest “something” being precisely ourselves…In the Alexander Technique, a means is at hand whereby this task may be successfully accomplished.’
Professor John Dewey
‘I went to see Penelope to see if she could address my issues with standing steadily. Having tried physiotherapists, osteopaths and a neurologist, all of which weren’t able to provide a reason or a solution to my case, I thought I might as well “give her a go”.
Within minutes she started adjusting my posture and explaining what was happening. That same evening I was standing for 10 minutes without any issues whatsoever. Unbelievable! I was ecstatic. I can’t remember the last time I was able to do that! Subsequent sessions corrected some other habits, including the way I was bending, sitting, breathing, and talking. As a result, I can now stand steadily, walk properly, no longer have shoulder aches, significantly less lower body tension, and more natural body movements in my everyday routine.
As I continue to practise what she’s taught me, I’m developing an awareness of the other parts of me that aren’t working optimally, for which she’s also been able to help address. Penelope also has a pragmatic way of explaining the Why and What she is correcting, such that I ‘get it’ and have been able to practise effectively outside our sessions.
I had no idea of Alexander Technique prior to seeing her. I am now a convert and highly recommend Penelope.’
Karina, Non Executive Director