Kathy Ponter was convinced of the Alexander Technique’s effectiveness over 20 years ago as she suffered from neck and back pain early in her career as an art teacher in both primary and secondary schools that spanned 20 years.
For Adults: The Alexander Technique is a unique from of education that builds awareness of ingrained physical habits that affect the way we do everyday things like walking, sitting, using digital devices, driving, exercising etc. Over time these postural habits can result in painful mechanical problems with the back, neck and joints. The technique offers a range of tools that can be incorporated into daily life to prevent these habits and allows you to move with greater confidence, natural poise and balance. Gold standard randomised clinical trials have proven that the Alexander Technique offers effective and long term relief to back and neck pain, reducing days of pain by 85% a year after lessons began.
For School Children: Kathy runs Mindful Motion courses and workshops for children from year 5 upwards. Why does posture matter? In the process of learning to write or type or in developing any fine motor skills we develop habits of a life time. As part of the teaching process, we as teachers, can encourage pupils to be aware of their posture before they put pen/pencil to paper. The aim is to prevent unnecessary tension in the process of writing and to keep their natural aligned upright posture intact through their time at school into adulthood. It’s not as simple as saying sit up straight or don’t slouch. As soon as you ask a child to care more about the quality of their handwriting above caring for themselves they’ll run into problems.
Kathy uses the principles of the Alexander Technique to help empower anxious and under confident children through mind/body awareness educating them to approach life from a place of balance, poise and self assurance. By putting themselves and their wellbeing at the heart of any activity, rather than worrying about the end result, builds resilience and is a skill for life.