Alexander Technique Works Reviews

I had never experienced the Alexander Technique. To say Andrea has been amazing would be an understatement! Because of the current COVID situation, she has had to conduct lessons online. To be able to convert her usual procedures to this medium has been so good.
 My walking, posture and stair work especially have transformed.

Mike Daly

Retired Head of PE, Ipswich

A GAME-CHANGER


After years of seeing a great osteopath and also having sports therapy massage for upper back and neck problems, I still needed to go for top-up treatment every 8-10 weeks to avoid migraines.
I decided to try the Alexander Technique with Andrea, and I’m so glad I did! It’s made a huge difference for me and I haven’t returned to the osteopath for over a year now. Andrea is knowledgeable, friendly and immediately puts you at ease. She explains everything so clearly and is patient when she has to repeat things :)


The Alexander Technique has made me more aware of my posture and bad habits, and has given me the ability to implement small positive changes in my daily life.
Due to the Covid situation, I was sceptical moving to online appointments but they have worked well and still made a big difference.


I can’t recommend Andrea highly enough. Thank you!

Carol

PA & Dog-Walker, Bury St Edmunds

I have suffered with bad migraines ever since i had viral meningitis as a young adult. I have been on numerous tablets. Now mingled with bad posture and a lot of tension the migraines have been getting more regular and i was suffering with headaches twice a week. I was at my wits end, it was really getting to me as well as being a huge worry to me as hard to parent 2 young children with such awful headaches.

I started Alexander Technique with Andrea in January. She was so welcoming, friendly, caring and so knowledgeable. She put me immediately at ease. I found it so interesting how my body should work and fascinating to find out bad habits i had got into.

The new strategies she has given me and the techniques that i now put into my daily life have made such a huge difference. I can see my posture improving, she has noticed a slightly swayed pelvis which no other professional has over the years and the best bit? I currently am now only getting headaches once a fortnight, wow. I am confident with more time and more sessions this will decrease further. I know i am prone to suffering with migraines but to be able to eradicate the tension and poor postures migraines will be amazing!!!
Since Lockdown i have had a couple of online sessions with Andrea. These have been great also, fab to touch base, reinforce practise and to keep up the good work, as obviously lockdown with 2 children can be busy!

I cant thank Andrea enough, Alexander Technique has made such a positive impact on my body, my mind and the lives of my family who dont have to be abandoned fairly regularly as I go off to bed to sleep off a bad head!

THANK YOU ANDREA!

Naomi

Mum to two lively boys, Bury St Edmunds

I have had a number of Alexander Technique lessons with Andrea. She explains the technique very clearly, and with obvious enthusiasm about the benefits it can bring. Her teaching style is relaxed, with just the right amount of humour to ensure that there is no self-consciousness. She has a lovely private and peaceful teaching space.

During the lockdown, I’ve also done some on-line Zoom sessions. Of course, they are not as good as being in the same room, but much better than nothing and carried out with the same degree of professionalism.

I’d definitely recommend Andrea for people new to the Alexander Technique and for those with some knowledge wishing to take it further.

Robert

Retired HR Manager, Oldham

I had lessons with Andrea for about 6 months for a longstanding back problem. Her friendly nature & professionalism  was infectious  & she taught me correct posture in various daily activities, e.g .sitting, standing, walking and even eating. Along with this we did various gentle exercising & learning how to gently correct myself if in wrong posture.

Although my back problem is not cured, I now know how to control it & even enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep.

I would not hesitate to recommend Andrea & the Alexander technique to anyone. Thank you Andrea.

Sue

Retired Nurse, Bury St Edmunds

I first decided to look at the Alexander Technique as I have had chronic back ache for nearly three years. I have had six sessions with Andrea to date and she has taught me such a lot. I am much more aware of my movements – though I do forget sometimes! I have learnt how to be mindful of the ‘bad’ habits picked up over the years, and to try to re-learn better ones, movements that were once natural, but have got lost. I hope and trust that this will prevent further damage to my back and stop it before it starts somewhere else. As well as back pain, I had sore shoulders too. They are now pain free.

Germaine

Bury St Edmunds

I have found the Alexander technique very useful in helping me not to stoop as I get older but to stand and sit in a straight but comfortable way.  The techniques taught have also helped me greatly in gardening and lifting heavy objects so that I do not develop a bad back.  Alexander technique has enabled me  to understand how the various parts of my body move together and how the movement of one part affects other areas.   The lessons are relaxed and friendly and I would highly recommend Andrea Walsh as an expert teacher of the technique.

Robert

Bury St Edmunds

I started lessons with Andrea and the Alexander Technique at the beginning of the year after having many sessions of Physio and Chiropractic treatments post two hip replacements in 2017 and 2018. I had thought that after my operations I would be back to “normal” but I suffered with stiffness and backpain and struggled to bend. Andrea gave us ladies a demonstration at our local ladies group and I was immediatly interested. I soon booked lessons with Andrea and she has helped me to learn again how to bend, sit, kneel and generally hold myself…
thinking about how you do things instead of just doing the usual movements that do not work! “The mind is a powerful tool” I have learnt so much from the AT and would highly recommend Andrea.

Janice

Bury St Edmunds

In 2009 I was involved in a car accident and sustained a whiplash injury and as a result suffered with stiffness and neck pain since, even though I’ve had physio treatment on several occasions.

I came across a magazine article about the ‘Alexander Technique’ and that it had been used in trials for the treatment of back pain.  The trials had been very successful and they were going to be repeated for sufferers of neck pain.  I was intrigued and looked for more information via the internet.  I found Andrea’s website and booked a trial with her.

When I meet Andrea, she explained the principles of the Technique and took me through my first lesson.  It was a very interesting experience and at this stage I wasn’t sure what I would gain from the Technique.  I hadn’t known what to expect, it wasn’t like anything I had ever tried before, it certainly wasn’t like an exercise class or physio treatment.  So I booked another lesson for the following week.

Whilst driving home after the lesson something happened.  As I approached a junction I looked right, then left and right again.  That was it, the moment I knew that the ‘Alexander Technique’ would work for me.  It can only be described as a ‘Revelation’ a totally free feeling of movement in my neck without pain.  It was wonderful, I couldn’t remember the last time I had experienced such a free feeling in my neck.  My next lesson with Andrea couldn’t come soon enough.

Christine B

Rochdale

I first attended an AT lesson with Andrea after suffering a back injury which didn’t seem to be improving despite following the advice of various physios and my GP.  A friend of my parents recommended Andrea and the AT following an improvement in the symptoms of a neck problem she had. 

At this point I was willing to try anything as I was in a great deal of discomfort and had been off work for months.  I wasn’t really holding out much hope of an improvement but straight away I realised that this technique was quite different to anything I had tried before and before long I felt a small improvement which continued to the point where I was able to return to work.  

That was nearly six years ago and I have continued to follow the techniques I was taught by Andrea which seem to help my body help itself and although I do have a very occasional flare up, I feel more in control when this happens and more importantly I have techniques to prevent this happening in the first place. 

A few years ago my sister, who lives in London, began experiencing back problems and sciatica and spent a fortune on various physios and sports massages with no improvement whatsoever.  She was reluctant to pay out any more money on yet another treatment so I booked and paid for a session for her with an AT teacher in London and although extremely sceptical beforehand, she attended the appointment and for the first time in months said the pain went away whilst she was there.  It did return shortly afterwards but she was so impressed that she attended a course of sessions and was soon on the road to recovery.  

I would not hesitate to recommend Andrea or the AT to anyone. 

Rachel P

Saddleworth

I would like to say thank you very much for the excellent work you have done on my back which is much straighter (even the family has commented) and pain free. 

I am finding he techniques you taught me so useful in all sorts of ways and I am gradually getting to the stage where I am using them automatically in most of the physical things I do and my back is really benefiting.  I am particularly pleased that I can now work in the garden for hours and not suffer for it the next day. I wish I had known about the Alexander Technique a long time ago.

Anne S

Huddersfield

I felt at the end of every session that I could straighten my back a little more and it helped that you showed me a position to lie in which helped, and I tried to practise it, and still do.

Anne S

Uppermill

I have been receiving lessons from Andrea for over a year now. When I first started I had some back problems and very painful neck and shoulders. After the first session I felt so much better and since then  I have gradually learned to become aware of the way I sit and move and how this has contributed to my problems. I am now mindful much of the time and try to use the techniques I have learned. 

Andrea is very experienced and has a lovely, gentle manner which makes you feel relaxed. Alexander is now very much a part of my life. 

Margaret H

Manchester

Andrea is a wonderful teacher of AT and I cannot recommend her highly enough

She has worked with AT for many years and her knowledge shows in her treatments. As  I left her after a lesson I always felt immediately lighter, as if I was walking on air A wonderful feeling.

Marilyn H

Denshaw

I had a series of lessons in 2012-3 and benefitted greatly from Andrea’s guidance.  How to sit down and stand up from chairs stood me in good stead when I subsequently had a hip replacement, as I was able to put less strain on the new hip.  My only regret is that I moved away and could not continue with Andrea. 

Elizabeth W

Scotland

I suffer with arthritis and use an elbow stick I am aged 88.

I was introduced to Andrea and the ‘Alexander Technique’ by my daughter she has found it to be a great advantage after suffering whiplash from a car accident.

For myself it has helped me to relax and improve movement. I like to bake & cook, but standing in the kitchen for more than half an hour caused back pain. So I went to see Andrea, she explained the Alexander Technique and I started my lessons. Within three weeks my back pain had gone. My elbow crutch had to be lengthened. I had straightened up and was standing at least an inch taller.

I did 6 weeks altogether but still visit every 2 months, so that I do not slip back into bad habits such as bad posture, slouching etc.

Grace W

Chadderton

In an attempt to get back on my bike I had a course of Alexander Technique sessions with Andrea recently as a result of a back injury which was preventing me from cycling. I genuinely had no idea of how the science of Alexander Technique works, but went along following a recommendation by a friend and I have to say it was a revelation. I am still not 100% certain how it works, but I am certain it does. The whole experience was fantastic, Andrea’s approach is informal and friendly, but at the same time very professional, she even arranged for me to set my bike up on an indoor turbo trainer to give me advice on bike posture.

Suffice to say my back is better and I am back on my bike. If ever I feel the back twinges coming on I go back to Andrea’s advice and spend a few minutes following her guidance to re-centre things.

I could not recommend Andrea highly enough.

Chris S

Mirfield

I read about the Alexander Technique in a magazine article.

After many years trying different treatments and still being in pain I booked my first session with Andrea not really knowing what to expect. I had pain in my neck and shoulders constantly and thought some AT sessions might help me a little…… And they certainly did. I would like to thank Andrea for the amazing work she did on me. I continue to go for the odd session even though I am pain free as I find the sessions very relaxing.  Thank you again Andrea I don’t think you realise how amazing you are!!

Jane W

Huddersfield

I would just like to say how much I feel I am benefitting from attending the Alexander Technique sessions.  I always feel improvement on leaving them and several friends have noticed the improvement in my posture. 

Previously my wife was becoming quite concerned that I was developing quite a stoop because of my back pain problem which has now considerably eased.

Chris B

Oldham

I really benefited from just a few sessions, learning some basics from this technique was I all I needed for my lower back pain and I continue to use the technique years later.

Zeph C

Oldham

I have suffered from neck and shoulder pain all my working life,  and for 7 years had lower back pain as well. I tried chiropractors, physiotherapists, pilates and yoga classes over the space of several years, and they all eased the pain but none of them got rid of it. Finally, I tried the Alexander Technique.  Within 2 months my neck and shoulders pain had completely gone and now, 10 months later my lower back pain is dramatically improved. The cause of all my problems was poor posture and I now know how to sit, stand and move correctly to minimise the strain on my body and prevent the build up of tension I previously suffered. 

Andrea has been a huge help and lessons are always a really friendly and enjoyable experience. I can highly recommend both Andrea and the Alexander Technique.

Anne R

Rochdale

Alexander Lessons are very beneficial. I started taking them as a result of neck and shoulder pain. After three steroid injections failed me this Technique produced the pain relief I needed. I am now clear of pain and  enjoy  lessons to refresh my practice. I find them stress relieving and I feel really great after each session. I recommend these to anyone who will listen because it’s easy to promote something when you know it works. 

Linda M

Saddleworth