Covid Information:

Update Dec 2020:

The global pandemic means that face-to-face Alexander lessons are currently unavailable and all my teaching has moved online via Zoom software.  As soon as the situation improves and I am able to offer lessons at my home again, I will update this information.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Welcome!

This is the website for Pete Robinson MSTAT, qualified Alexander Technique Teacher.

I teach the Alexander Technique at the Royal Northern College of Music and from my home in Heaton Mersey, South Manchester.  I am also available for workshops, group classes and lectures across the UK, Europe and beyond.

Please have a look around and if you would like any more information then get in touch via the contact page.

I’m also a professional musician and music teacher.  If you are looking for my musician and piano teaching site, please click HERE)

Online Videos and Courses

I publish Alexander Technique videos and Online Courses!  Please click the link below to check those out.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel and visit my Facebook Page.

About Me

Pete Robinson mSTAT
I qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 2008, graduating from the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School where I trained with Malcolm Williamson.  I currently teach privately and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

I am also a professional musician with experience both as a performer and  as a musical director.  The Alexander Technique helped me to recover from injury and also to improve the way that I performed as a musician and in many other areas of my life.

I have been fortunate to be able to give private lessons, courses and workshops in the technique since graduating.  My pupils come from a wide range of careers and interests and I have also specialised in working with musicians.  I continue to teach many professional and student musicians from the Jazz, Classical and Popular Music world.

Past institutional clients include:

RNCM
Liverpool Phil
Arden College
Liverpool Hope
The Manchester College
Mid Cheshire College
Yorkshire Young Musicians
Dystonia Society
Durham Brass Festival
BBC Radio Manchester

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a skill for self-development teaching you to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do.

Whatever your age or ability, the Technique can help boost your performance in any activity and relieve the pain and stress caused by postural habits, like slouching or rounded shoulders.

Everyday things like tensing when the phone rings, rushing to pick up the children from school or worrying about deadlines lead to physical and mental strain. Over the years, this accumulates and can cause illness, injury or common aches and pains that may seem to come from nowhere.

Working with your teacher, you will learn to recognise your usual reactions to the stresses of life. You will find out how you have been contributing to your problems, how to prevent them and regain control.

A method of re-education

Alexander Technique lessons stimulate your ability to learn simultaneously on different levels; physically, intellectually and emotionally.

You learn to recognise your harmful habits, how to stop and think, and to choose a better response.

Gradually you learn to apply your new understanding and skill in everyday activities and more complex ones, to bring awareness and poise into everything you do.

Just like riding a bike, once learned, the Technique stays with you for life!

Self-Awareness

The Technique teaches us the skilful ”use of the self”, i.e. how we use ourselves when moving, resting, breathing, learning, organising our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, choosing our reactions to increasingly demanding situations.

Changes brought about by good habits of diet and exercise are well understood. The long-term effects of good habits of the ”use of the self” are less well known, but equally life-changing.

You learn to become aware of, and then gradually strip away, the habits of movement, tension and reaction that interfere with natural and healthy coordination.

Balanced body, balanced mind

Coordination and poise rely on the natural balance of the head, neck and back, what F M Alexander called “the primary control”. The Technique works through re-establishing this natural balance to promote easy upright posture and efficient functioning, body and mind.

The Alexander Technique is a subtle and thoughtful discipline, but essentially practical and problem-solving

Individual Lessons

The most effective way of learning the technique is to take a course of individual lessons.

Lessons are taught at my home in Heaton Mersey and last for approx 50 minutes.

Individual lessons currently cost £40 per session.  Concessionary rates may be available on request.

Sometimes the cost of lessons will be covered by private medical insurance.  It is always worth checking with your insurer if you are considering lessons because of a medical condition.  The following insurers have been known to fund lessons:

Actplan (on GP’s referral), BAWA, BCWA, Cigna, Ellis Healthcare, Executive Healthcare Ltd, Exeter Friendly Society (on self-referral), Guardian Health, Healthcare Management, HEALTHSHIELD (through company based scheme), Hogg-Robinson Healthcare, I.G.I. (on GP’s referral), Iron Trades Ass. Co, Managed Care Consultants Ltd, Medical Claims Handling, MediCash, Medisure, Motor Insurer’s Bureau, Norwich Union, OHRA, Orion Prime Health, PruHealth, UAP, Provincial Insurance Plc, Universal Providence, UNIQA (Austria), Van Breda, WPA, Zurich. Also: The Civil Service Med. Aid Assoc. (on self-referral), The E.C.’s Joint Medical Insurance Scheme and The U.N.’s Medical Insurance Scheme.

Group Lessons

Small group lessons can also be an effective learning method and can be arranged either at my home in Heaton Mersey or at another suitable venue.  Details of any group lessons being run will be listed here and please get in touch if you are interested in setting up a new group.

Workshops

The Alexander technique is suitable for workshops and talks in many contexts.  I have worked within colleges, schools, orchestras, choirs, businesses and with charities to provide tailor made sessions.

If you are interested in organising an event of this type, please get in touch.

Musicians

As a professional musician, I have always had a special interest in how the Alexander Technique can help musicians.

Alexander Technique is an integral part of the training of singers and instrumentalists around the world and is taught in all major conservatoires.

A large part of my experience of working with the technique has been with musicians.   The technique can benefit musicians in the following ways:

  • Help to prevent injuries
  • Help to recover from injuries
  • Improve ease and fluency and enjoyment of making music
  • Improve speed of learning
  • Help deal with anxiety such as stage fright.

Contact Details

I teach in Heaton Mersey which is about 6 miles South of Central Manchester and 2 miles North of Stockport town centre.  There is plenty of parking and I am a short walk from public transport.

Frequently Asked Questions

This totally depends on what you are hoping to achieve from your lessons.  Some people choose to have 1 or 2 lessons just to try out the technique and learn some of the basics.  Most people tend to commit to a course of 6 or 10 lessons and some people then choose to continue having regular lessons over a longer period of time.  NHS studies showed that a course of 6 lessons was effective and a course of 24 lessons much more effective in reducing long-term back pain.

No.  I’m happy to discuss concessions for those with genuine need.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes.    Trousers are better than skirts or dresses.  You will be asked to remove your shoes.

Yes.  The alexander technique is taught using very gentle touch and verbal guidance.  I will never put you into a situation that could cause you harm.  Make sure that you fully discuss any medical issues or other needs with me during your first lesson. 

You will be given guidance on this during your lessons as learning activities will be tailored to you.  In addition, there is a growing library of video lessons and articles available on my online course website: movementandposture.com

Yes.  Although it is usually preferable to have lessons face-to-face with a teacher, sometimes that is not possible so lessons can be given over Zoom or other video streaming providers.  Enquire for details.

Yes.  I completed a 3 year full-time training course to qualify as a teacher and I maintain membership of STAT (The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique).  I am fully insured through this membership.

Yes.  Although lessons must include some time focusing on developing basic Alexander Technique skills, it can be very effective to work with your musical instrument or other specific activity.

Yes.  Once a lesson is booked, it is chargeable at the full rate.  If you need to cancel or reschedule for any reason, please give as much notice as possible and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Links

I recommend the following websites to find out more about the technique or search for teachers.

Movement and Posture

My online Alexander Technique learning site.  Links to my Youtube channel and Online Courses.

https://www.MovementAndPosture.com

Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS)

Training school and online information hub for the Alexander Technique.  Based in Manchester, UK

http://www.alextechteaching.org.uk/

STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

The oldest and largest professional body representing the Alexander Technique.  Lots of useful information and a directory of teachers

https://alexandertechnique.co.uk/

The Complete Guide to The Alexander Technique

Lots of great information and a worldwide directory of teachers

www.alexandertechnique.com