Mark Claireaux M.S.T.A.T.
I have over 12 years experience and as with all certified Alexander Technique Teachers I have completed a full time three year course. I am a full member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (S.T.A.T.) and I teach from a dedicated light and airy studio in Spring Street, Central Brighton.
In lessons we teach people to ‘unlearn’ bad habits that might be doing them harm. I never ask my clients to sit up straight or stand straight and sometimes it might be appropriate to even slouch when on a couch for example. After all the spine is flexible and it works that way too. We use simple activities such as sitting, standing, walking and lying down which could seem a little absurd but if you think about it, just in the activity of standing up from a chair you use the whole co-ordination of head, neck and back and you are bending at the ankles, knees and hips. People usually use an enormous amount of effort in this simple activity. If we can improve on this and use much less tension and effort we can then apply it to most other aspects of life, from driving a car, playing sports, musical instruments, our work to yoga and other such activities.You will learn to move in a way that doesn’t hurt.
You need to make very little physical effort in lessons so being old, pregnant or unfit doesn’t matter. Over time classes will make you more aware of your posture, so you’ll catch yourself when your shoulders are hunched up to your ears and learn how to lengthen out of your back instead. The teacher places their hands on you to guide and re-educate your musculature.
There is nothing physically aggressive about the work. We don’t impose anything on your body, if in pain you are probably doing that already. On the contrary, it is a process of allowing the pupil to release tension and interfering habits, at a pace that suits the individual. Comfortable clothes that you are happy to lie down in are advised. You will never be asked to remove your clothing. Your classes are completely tailored to you.