Gail Clarke and Mike Rawlinson: Alexander Teachers
Teaching the Alexander Technique in Somerset since 1992
We are experienced teachers of the Alexander Technique who have both been qualified for over twenty years. During this time, we have taught the technique to people from all walks of life including doctors, musicians, riders, dancers, teachers, housewives, computer programmers and many more. People wanted to learn the Alexander Technique either to improve their performance or to help with medical conditions, particularly musculo-skeletal problems. We established our practice in Somerset in 1992.
Why Have Alexander Technique Lessons?
The Alexander Technique teaches us to use ourselves in a better way, to become more aware of ourselves, and to get more out of life. From singing and dancing, to digging the garden, and staying calm under pressure, the AT teaches ease of movement, balance and co-ordination in all life’s activities. By learning to release unnecessary tensions, and increase self awareness, a return to natural poise becomes possible, which can bring improvements to mental and physical health, vitality and well-being. To learn more about what Alexander Lessons could do for you, whether you have a health problem, or want to improve your performance in some activity, have a look at the pages about the benefits of the Alexander Technique using the menu above
Alexander Teachers: Gail and Mike
Over many years of teaching, I have been privileged to work with hundreds of people aged eight to eighty-six, from many different backgrounds. I qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher in Devon in 1991 and went on to teach at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Cardiff Consultancy for the Alexander Technique, and I have taught on Alexander Teachers training courses. Since 1992 I have maintained a private practice in Somerset. I teach both individual Alexander lessons, and corporate and management training.
Since completing my Alexander training, I have also qualified and worked as a craniosacral therapist and undertaken many courses of continuing professional development, including counseling skills, working with trauma, and teaching musicians, as well as ongoing reflective work with other AT teachers. I have a particular interest in voice work and incorporate this into my practice.
My daughter Lisa is an Alexander Technique Teacher in Bristol who participated in the evaluation of Alexander Lessons for the alleviation of back pain.
After qualifying as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1989, I was privileged to be mentored by one of the few teachers personally trained by FM Alexander. Since then, in addition to teaching individual lessons, I have assisted on Alexander teacher training courses, and have led workshops at a national conference of Alexander Technique Teachers. I am an experienced workshop leader specialising in movement, and creative and performing arts, I teach the Alexander Technique in one to one lessons in South Petherton.
My early career began as a research scientist and I attained the academic requirements necessary to become a Licentiate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, after which I studied Economics and Politics at the University of Manchester. This was followed by a move to Wales where I joined a community pioneering medium scale organic farming, which I followed by setting up a studio pottery and teaching three dimensional art and design to GCSE level. I have also taught in technical colleges in Manchester and Wales.
I now maintain a parallel career as a professional character clown performing at schools, arts festivals and theatres throughout the UK
A Bit More About the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique began in an unlikely way with an Australian Actor who lost his voice whilst performing one man recitations of Shakespeare’s plays.
The wonderful thing about Alexander is that he didn’t set out to develop a cure for bad backs, or to improve posture, or be any sort of therapist or guru, he just wanted to sort his voice out so he could get on with his life.
If you’d like to know more about how Alexander developed his work, please visit the page on the history of the Alexander Technique
Please note that the Alexander Technique can only be taught in individual lessons, as each lesson is tailored to address the individual needs of the pupil. Its a two way thing – we listen to you and identify your individual habits so that we can work with your needs together. Group classes in the Technique can be useful as an introduction to the basic principles of the Technique, but they can never be a substitute for one to one lessons. We are happy to give introductory talks and sessions to groups, but this is purely as a means of developing an understanding of the work prior to a course of lessons.
Alexander Lessons in Somerset
The area covered by our practice includes Aller, Axeminster, Bridgewater, Bridport, Bristol, Bruton, Castle Cary, Chard, Crewkerne, Dorset, England, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Hatch Beauchamp, Langport, Martock, Sherbourne, Somerset, Somerton, Sparkford, Street, Taunton, UK, Wells, Wellington, Wincanton, Yeovil, South Petherton and most villages in South Somerset.
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