I teach the Alexander Technique from my studio near Bampton, Devon, in the UK. For a chat or appointment, call 07533 525895 or email Frances@francesborden.com

The Alexander technique is a way to make room for the creative process by learning to identify and shed habits.

I define creativity in it’s broadest sense as the process by which things come to exist, whether they be paintings, relationships or just thoughts. It also refers to the way we maintain or re-create ourselves in every moment.

The Alexander technique is a way to study this process, and play around with the parameters.

Kitchen (detail), 19.4 x 34 cm, Charcoal, acrylic and gouache on paper
Kitchen (detail), 19.4 x 34 cm, Charcoal, acrylic and gouache on paper

Because creativity is a universal resource, not limited to artistic activity, people use the technique for many purposes unrelated to the arts, such as:

• To meet, manage and relieve pain
• To shed unconscious postures
• To improve balance and coordination
• To feel more comfortable in their skin

Bryan #1 (detail), 25.4 x 35.5 cm, Oil on paper
Bryan #1 (detail), 25.4 x 35.5 cm, Oil on paper

I came to lessons out of curiosity. The pain and tiredness I felt was thought normal for my age and part of my genetic inheritance.

These symptoms have all but disappeared, or been transformed though practise into a sense of dynamic connectedness that I treasure. As with any art, the reward of practise is in the process.

FB #1, 10 x 10 cm, Oil on board
FB #1, 10 x 10 cm, Oil on board

I studied for 4 years at the Bristol Alexander School and Alexander Technique Training South West, graduating in 2022.

I’m a member of STAT (the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique). Members adhere to a code of professional conduct and competence and are covered by professional indemnity insurance. I am fully DBS checked.

The fee for a 50 minute individual lesson is £40.

Although there may be immediate benefit, the technique is best understood not as a treatment, but as a practise with power to control the nervous system, which depends on the participation of the subject.

Learning the technique in this way typically requires 6 to 24 lessons. Discounts are available for block booking.

The efficacy of the technique for pain, strain and stress conditions is supported by clinical evidence. See the following links for details:

https://www.alexandertechnique.com/research/

https://alexandertechnique.co.uk/alexander-technique/published-research

Blue Rest, 20 x 25 cm, Oil on paper
Blue Rest, 20 x 25 cm, Oil on paper