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The Edinburgh Alexander and Therapy Centre has been offering Alexander lessons and workshops since 1994.

Thursday, 02 October 2014


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Imagine a world of work where people were ill less often, where there were fewer accidents and performance improved. Imagine world of work where employees were better at stress management, had improved self-esteem, were more creative and worked better in teams. Imagine a world of work where people had improved muscle tone, postural co-ordination and balance with greatly reduced pain and disability. If you can imagine this, then you are imagining a world where Alexander Technique has been brought into the workplace in a significant way with benefits to the employers in terms of reduced employment insurance costs and improved costs-profits relationships.

Actually, you do not have to imagine it; if you are lucky it is a world that is already here in parts of some major corporations, such as Victorinox, Unicible, Siemens, the Alliance Insurance Corporation and Chevron-Texaco. All these companies were included in a study of Alexander Technique in the world of work, which you can read about here in the National Back Pain Association’s quarterly magazine Back Care.

Let us hope that more employers appreciate the benefits of Alexander Technique and support their employees in learning and developing constructive conscious control, so that we live in a world of work where there is less pain and stress and more creativity, teamwork and personal fulfilment.

Richard Casebow

Back in the mid-1980s, I started to suffer from severe sciatica that often made walking and working difficult. At the time, I was training in London to become a Chartered Accountant and I left, as I was spending increasing amounts of time off waiting for the pain to subside. Around this time, I also became depressed, as my prospects seemed to darken with little hope of a normal life. In seeking help I found my way both to a psychotherapist and then to an Alexander Technique teacher, both of which helped enormously. The therapy with forming a life plan and understanding myself, encouraged me to dream of the life I have now. The Alexander Technique gave me the practical tool to help realise it and to allow me to rehabilitate myself to lead a full normal life.

The link between Alexander Technique, Psychotherapy and the art of living intelligently became something that has fascinated me ever since and is something I have continued to explore myself and with pupils and clients since. This blog is my attempt to elucidate the links, as well as to talk about Alexander Technique pure and simple and the benefits of therapy.

I founded the Edinburgh Alexander and Therapy Centre in 1994, Counselling Conversations came later after I became a practising therapist in 2003. Professionally I act as the Treasurer of the Personal Construct Psychology Association and sit on the board of the UKCP’s house magazine The Psychotherapist. When I am not to be found working, there is nothing better I like to be doing than spending time on a Scottish hillside, exploring the arts or just spending time with friends and family, including the family cat.