I first had a course of thirty lessons in the Alexander Technique as a sixteen-year-old in 1993, due to an interest in playing table tennis: I was an enthusiastic and highly competitive player, but frustrated by my lack of progress.
The lessons were a revelation: the principles immediately made sense to me, and I often left a lesson with a pleasant feeling of lightness and ease in my body. By applying what I learnt my table tennis game improved, too!
A couple of years later, in 1995, by which time my interest in table tennis had faded, I started having lessons again with a different teacher. I had weekly lessons for six and a half years. In that time, the Alexander Technique took on a deeper and deeper significance, and its principles began to inform my whole attitude to life.
In January 2002, I started a three-year Alexander Technique teacher training course at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London with Walter Carrington, who was himself trained by F. M. Alexander. When I started the course, Walter was in his late eighties and had been teaching the Alexander Technique for over sixty years. He was wise, patient and benevolent and embodied the principles of the Alexander Technique. I consider myself very fortunate to have trained under his guidance.
After qualifying as a teacher in December 2004, I taught privately in the UK. I also had the great privilege of teaching the Alexander Technique to the monks at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery for three years.
In August 2008 I moved to Estonia, where, together with my wife, Karin, I worked hard to further the Technique’s reputation in that country, by teaching and publicising the work. In 2013, I played a major role in the publication of Pedro de Alcantara’s The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life into Estonian (Estonian title Alexanderi tehnika: Oskus kogu eluks).
Since July 2014, I have lived and worked in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and enjoy teaching people of all ages and backgrounds to help themselves with the Alexander Technique.