Alexander Technique in North London. Lessons From MSTAT Teacher in Stoke Newington
Bodel Rikys - London N5
Hilary King - London N16 - Workshop 8th March
Kathryn Akin - London N16
KATHRYN AKIN MSTAT
Stoke Newington, Newington Green border
Phone - 07887 604075
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter - @kathrynhakin
Specialism - Alexander Technique and Performance
Modern life is not simple for either our minds or bodies and harmful habits can easily develop through the years. Whether slumped in front of a computer, commuting in rush hour, negotiating stressful workplaces or dealing with busy families- it’s no wonder that tension, fatigue and pain can build up and seem inescapable.
WHAT IS IT?
AT is a unique form of re-education for long lasting change. It has a highly regarded history of enabling people to make significant improvements in their lives, backed by clinical trials published in the British Medical Journal and supported by many physios, osteopaths and doctors.
Although an individual’s issues can often be pointed out easily or given therapeutic support in the short term- how does the human being actually truly change? AT offers a lasting self-help method for shifting patterns of behaviour by using a positive and practical education. Many have found the Technique useful in reducing anxiety or elevating levels of performance and communication (see below). And although working out can be great for our bodies in many ways, it often doesn’t strengthen the deeper postural systems that sustain us through daily life. People become reliant on therapeutic treatments over long periods of time.
With the Alexander Technique, we can learn to change or ‘streamline’ our daily activity so that we don’t keep reinforcing harmful habits and can support ourselves better through life’s journey. AT is well known in helping back pain, neck and shoulder tension, headaches and migraines, breathing or speech difficulties, stress related illnesses, repetitive strain injury, joint pain and general levels of performance.
HOW DO I DO IT?
Private lessons in the Alexander Technique usually last for 50 minutes each with the introductory lesson lasting about an hour. It is beneficial to take classes regularly over a couple of months, applying as much as possible in between lessons. The number of lessons needed depends on many individual factors and will be discussed at the first lesson without any obligation. During a lesson, the teacher’s hands and verbal instructions work together with the student to reveal the (often unconscious) patterns of tension in balance, posture and daily movement. The principles of the Technique are taught and practised throughout the lesson, working for lasting changes in daily life that make sense. The format of a one-to-one, hands on lesson allows for closer attention to the individual from the teacher and tends to have greater benefit than a group class.
WHO TEACHES IT?
Kathryn Akin is a fully qualified member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) - the worldwide body monitoring the three year training and certification of teachers. Originally from Canada, she studied in London at The Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington who was trained by and then assisted F.M Alexander himself for over twenty years. Kathryn has taught the Alexander Technique at drama schools both in the UK and America and teaches individuals from many walks of life at her private practice. She has been a member of STAT for over 20 years. Please see their site at https://alexandertechnique.co.uk
ALEXANDER AND PERFORMANCE
The Alexander Technique is one of the most established tools of advanced performance training for actors, singers and musicians around the world. Its principles are further embedded throughout many other voice, singing, instrumental, acting and movement techniques. It was developed over a hundred years ago by a professional actor suffering from recurring voice and performance issues and it is now well supported by subsequent psychological and physical research.
The Alexander Technique offers the freedom of self awareness (not self consciousness) and the skill to overcome interference from unconscious habits and nervous tension. By letting go of long held patterns of behaviour, performers can significantly improve both their technique and their emotional engagement- with their material, their fellow artists, the audience and themselves. On a practical level, AT can open up an actor’s casting possibilities and longevity- in an already challenging livelihood. For musicians it can significantly address repetitive strain injuries as well as performance anxiety. It is a highly supportive technique that fundamentally addresses the unique human at the centre of performance. It gives us the power to change and strengthen who we are- both on and offstage. Performers from all backgrounds are welcome.
In addition to teaching many performers in her private practice Kathryn has taught at the following acting training institutions RADA, LAMDA, CCSD, MOUNTVIEW, SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY, BOSTON, GEORGE BROWN THEATRE SCHOOL, TORONTO and trained in Alexander Tech for musicians at The Royal College of Music. She herself is a very established actress and singer with credits in the West End, at major UK regional theatres, with BBC Radio and TV and across the film, TV and voiceover fields.
Hilary King BA (Hons) PGDip Psychol Dip Couns MSTAT
Stoke Newington/Newington Green, North London N16 Practice
Close to the Islington border N1 and N5 Highbury
Discover how, by learning the Alexander Technique, you can begin to undo habitual patterns of pain, tension and general 'mis-use', improve your poise and performance, increase energy and your sense of wellbeing.
'As soon as people come with the idea of unlearning instead of learning, you have them in the frame of mind you want' (F M Alexander)
Hilary offers workshops and individual lessons. These take place in Newington Green, North London N16.
She is an experienced teacher, having qualified in 1987. Whilst she offers 'pure' Alexander Technique lessons, her background in Ballet, Psychology and Stress Management informs her work. Hilary also has a Diploma in Counselling. As a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, she adheres to the Society's Code of Professional Conduct.
Hilary was also involved in alexander technique research. It was designed by the University of Southampton, funded by the Medical Research Council and run through GP Surgeries. It was called 'The Alexander Technique, Exercise and Massage Trial for Back Pain' - basically comparing the three different treatments for back pain patients. The results were published in 2008. The study concluded that "One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain." (BMJ 2008; 337 a884)
Next Alexander Technique event:
8th March - Women Only
Please go to hilaryking.net for full details of workshops, courses or individual private lessons in north London.
Bodel Rikys MSTAT
North London Highbury & Islington Practice N5
Release into who you can be
Increase body awareness and wellbeing.
Enhance poise, presence and performance.
Individual lessons in Highbury, N5
Further Information About The Alexander Technique
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who developed this technique to overcome his throat hoarseness. He discovered the problem was his poor postural habits. After curing these he went on to benefit others and eventually set up a practice to educate clients in the proper use of their body. In 1939, a group of doctors suggested it be incorporated into medical students’ training but this never happened. The 1973 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine praised the Technique which is taught in many schools of music and acting to reduce repetitive strain injuries and be more relaxed during performances.
The Technique does not claim to treat or diagnose any specific problem. People are made aware of how their body moves and to relearn the posture and freedom of movement they had in their childhood. In particular to restore the correct relationship between the head, neck and spine; to lengthen neck muscles and straighten the spinal column. This allows for better breathing, can give more freedom of movement, improved co-ordination and balance, increased energy, better relaxation, and improved mental outlook. Lessens with a practitioner are normally one-to-one but can be in groups. These can last up to an hour and two sessions a week for 3 months is often recommended.
To find out more information please visit The Society of Teacher of the Alexander Technique www.stat.org.uk