Tel : 07817 409192
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Southampton Body Stories
Listening to the Physical and Emotional Body
Southampton / Lyndhurst / Totton
Tel : 07817 409192
I must express my heartfelt thanks for you help… Now that I have had a first course of Alexander Technique I have a far better appreciation of good posture and how to apply it with benefits both physically and mentally... The advantages include: The training is done with the pupil dressed in the ordinary way which is more comfortable and more realistic. Equipment is simple and there is a lot the pupil can do at home to reinforce what is taught. It is minimally invasive and taken at a pace which allows pain not to obtrude.
Miss D C, Southampton
I have just been looking at my diary entry for the 5th of July 2010. "Went to my first Alexander session, a bit weird but anything is worth a try"! My back and I had been through a lot up till then, what with physios, chiropractors and osteopaths. I repeat, anything was worth a try. Well, here I am 2 and a bit years later, a little greyer, a little wiser and with a back that is so much better and able to cope with the demands I place upon it. This improvement is down to Doris who has nagged, prodded and held me up (stronger than she looks) over the years. My back occasionally gives me grief but Doris has taught me how to deal with it through better posture and learning to relax more. For this I will always be grateful. Thank you once again.
K M, Southampton
I have become more confident and positive. My memory has improved. My walking has improved -
MS Sufferer, Southampton
Thank you for coming to my department. There has been a lot of positive feedback and many would like some more sessions [of the Alexander Technique].
Training day organiser at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton
I began seeing Doris in October 2008 because of bad back pain that I had been having for 18 months. As a child I suffered from Spina Bifida and had various surgeries on my back. I was not able to lie on my back or sit for any time at work or at home. Although my condition was stabilised following some physiotherapy sessions there was no improvement, and I was given medication to reduce my pain and offered more surgery.
I decided to try the Alexander Technique even though my belief system is very different to alternative medicine, but I gave it a try since I had nothing to lose. At the beginning I went to weekly sessions and my back pain immediately responded by receding. I now see Doris for regular reminders approximately once every 4 weeks. Since beginning the Alexander Technique my condition has improved considerably and continues to improve all the time, as witnessed by me being able to sit at work throughout the day and to function at home with minimal intrusion from the back pain.
My hope was to come off the pain killers completely although I accept that I may have to continue to stay on the smallest dose possible. The success of the work is that I am better than stable and live with my condition as best as it can be done. Meanwhile I have been sitting through a film at the Cinema which was impossible for me for some time. And lately, I noticed another leap of improvement which came to me as a real surprise.
Thank you for letting me make a positive connection with my body.
The Alexander Technique allows me to make new discoveries about myself each time. I learn about my habits, good and bad to correct them and acknowledge that they are part of what make up me. By knowing, I am able to adapt to situations easier. I have the ability to recognise what is needed of my self, my body and mind in any situation. I can tackle anything. The technique has built confidence within me, through the comfort in understanding myself. I now hold a more positive outlook on everything because my mindset has altered the way it perceives and reacts to things. I am becoming more myself, in an improved and strengthened way.
Thank you for coming along. It was really interesting and you are a great speaker!! I know that we were few, however those that were there have said that it was one of the better talks that we have had for PLG. I am inclined to agree and I have many great talks that happen there, however your passion and really helpful detail in to the history of your technique as well as clear explanation was somehow captivating and also most certainly allowed us all to go home having had an insight in to something quite different -
Positive Living Group, Lymington
Thank you for speaking at the Dystonia conference. Your presentation went down really well with a number of people saying how interesting they had found it. I am sure a number of them will take this interest further now. I know the venue was not ideal but we really had not bargained for such a large turnout to see your presentation.
Philip Eckstein, Outgoing Chief Executive of the Dystonia Society
The work with the AT allowed me to become more aware of myself as a whole being. It has taken away the feeling of being identified as a ‘dystonic person’ by accepting all that I am and who I am. It helped me to learn new ways of breathing, posture, movement, thinking and focusing on what my muscles are doing and then learning to breathe through the spasms. Whilst I still have movement and pain it is not as severe as it was all of the time. I am not taking strong painkillers on a regular basis. My sleep pattern has improved and I am not waking up every morning with severe neck and head pain. My confidence has increased and I don’t feel so much of a social freak. I concentrate on allowing my body t to work less in all the positions that each part is placed and this seems to release the tension in the muscle. If spasms come on I breathe out through them. I learned to stand and bend differently, and slowly I am learning to send these right messages back to the brain. I went initially for any help with coping with the symptoms of Dystonia. This has been achieved, but also I now have no arthritic pain in my hips and my legs have become stronger, this has been an added bonus.
Val Cross, Dystonia Sufferer, Southampton
I started seeing Doris as I wanted to improve my posture. I had done some online research and was curious to learn more about the Alexander Technique. Doris is a kind and caring facilitator who is passionate and committed to her work. This has definitely been an amazing, and beautifully unexpected, journey of self discovery. Through guidance and support I am resolving some emotional issues and am regularly invited to consider otherwise unconscious aspects of my thinking and behaviours. It is a truly safe environment to be seen and heard. Through all this, and the exercises I complete between sessions, I am feeling lighter, freer and more connected to myself -
L. H. Southampton