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Alexander Technique Masterclass with Don Weed D.C. Wednesday 1st June

helena and don in an Alexander Technique lesson on dancing This enjoyable and informative session offers an opportunity to work with one of the most pioneering teachers of the Alexander Technique. Don will introduce you to his unique approach to the Alexander Technique – the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM).

Don’s extensive background as an actor, singer, director and performance coach has provided the basis for the performance workshops that he has taught across the United States and Europe. In addition, his training and practice as a doctor of chiropractic have given him insight and experience into practical movement mechanics as well as an understanding of our structural needs.

The ITM Alexander Technique is a powerful tool for change, which can bring about lasting improvements in physical & mental performance. It can be used to enhance a person’s co-ordination & comfort in everyday tasks, as well as more specialised activities, such as music, dance or sport.

The event is open to all – beginners and experienced students alike.

Location: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
Date: Wednesday 1 June 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Admission: £10 – All levels of experience welcome

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If you would like to book a different way or have any questions you can email me on

You have my complete, divided attention

Have you ever noticed what’s going through your mind during conversations? Are you listening or are you wondering what the person speaking meant? Are you wondering whether those listening might be judging you? Are you just waiting to jump in and tell a story of your own?

A more modern possibility – are you (surreptitiously) looking at your smart phone?

How many times during a day do you do just one thing at a time?

(When) does age related degeneration happen?

I was watching Wimbledon over the weekend and in the mixed-doubles final a comment by a commentator got my attention:

No-one’s told Leander Paes that as you age your reaction times slow down“.

He’s 42.

It made me wonder about our expectations of age-related degeneration. Yes, there are mechanical, physical processes which take place – but when?

And clearly Paes’s reaction times were not diminished – hence the comment (and the match outcome, though Martina Hingis also had something to do with that).

In the Alexander Technique we work with people’s thinking. We find that we move in accordance with our ideas.

Many of our ideas, our thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

A great example is an experience my trainer Don Weed tells, of an adult organist who had had polio as a child and lost 80% of the ability to flex her right ankle.

After working with her for 30-40 minutes her range of flexion increased from 20% of normal to over 80%.

The Alexander Technique is not a quick fix

In a first lesson I like to have plenty of time so the student and I can have a chance to see if we will be comfortable working together.

We start off with a chat where I find out what has brought them to the session. Then I introduce some basic ideas and fundamental concepts in the form of a short talk. We’ll work with these in all future lessons. Next we do a hands-on demonstration lesson where the student gets to experience the lesson processes.

Recently, in a first lesson with a new student I was asked if I could skip the introductory talk and get directly to the bit where I tell them specifically and directly what to correct about their chosen activity.

I couldn’t do that.

‘Oh, that sounds like mindfulness’

Recently during conversations around the question ‘What is the Alexander Technique?’ a number of people have said ‘Oh, that sounds like mindfulness’.

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