Alex Proudfoot -
Tel : 07927 303711
Alex Proudfoot MSTAT
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
A thinking method to regain physical and mental ease
‘Life is easier when less force is applied’’
‘It’s so easy to apply to everyday life’
‘People say I’m calmer and easier to work with’
‘My balance is much improved’’
‘I thought change was not possible at my age’
‘I feel in control’’
‘I can walk the hills all day’
‘I look and feel younger’
‘I changed a habit – I put myself first’
‘My golf drive is 30yds longer’
‘Driving the car used to
be a painful chore. Now
it has become a pleasure again. The chiropractor has been amazed at the improvement in my
Hello, my name is Alex Proudfoot and I am a teacher of the Alexander Technique in central Manchester, offering private Alexander lessons in the Manchester area. Welcome to my website.
This site is intended to explain a little about what the Alexander Technique is, what it isn’t and how it could help you.
But no amount of written commentary can really explain what the Technique is and how it works. It has to be experienced! That is why I encourage potential pupils to come along for a trial lesson.
I very much look forward to working with you.
The Alexander Technique (AT) is a powerful tool for change which teaches us to ‘use’ ourselves better. It is helpful in overcoming many of the unhelpful habits (misuse) we may have developed over the years, which can limit our performance in many ways. It is used by all sorts of people from all walks of life. Learners can be specialists who wish to improve their performance and get the best from themselves, people with physical discomfort or pain, people dealing with stress, or just people who have a feeling that they are not as poised, balanced or co-
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869–1955) was an Australian actor and reciter who developed voice problems during performances to such an extent his career was threatened. After several years of patient observation and experiment, he developed a new approach to co-
What is so special about the Alexander Technique?
The Technique is the only experiential method that I know where we learn the skill of being able to stop momentarily before carrying out an intended action; and then give ‘directions’ to lengthen and widen in order to provide the conditions for ease of movement that can then follow.
In this regard it is you yourself who learns to work on your own body. What this means in the long run is, to whatever level of skill you wish to learn, the teacher becomes redundant! You as the pupil carry this skill throughout your life. You may stop driving a car, you may stop singing, you may stop riding a bike, but you don’t stop living in your body.
Other processes which work on the body, such as massage, osteopathy and chiropractic, may seem similar but they are not in fact. These require a ‘therapist ‘ to work on your body and the effect is usually required to be repeated by the therapist to maintain the benefit. Alexander work is education, rather than therapy. It is taught; and you can learn to apply it for yourself throughout your life.
What it is not
The Alexander Technique is not a system of exercise.
There are a number of activities carried out in a lesson that are termed ‘directed activities’. The purpose of these in AT is not to repeat muscular contractions in order to tone a set of muscles, but instead to practise using mind-
How do you learn?
The Alexander Technique is taught in one-
If you are reading this and are not in the Wiltshire area, you can search for other qualified practitioners on the website of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Tecnique (www.stat.org.uk).