"The Alexander Technique has been of great benefit to me, psychologically as well as physically and I am most greatful to Frank Kennedy for his kind expertise and understanding. My posture and well-being have certainly been much improved under his instruction."
Alan Tinsley, Retired Investment Manager, Dublin
¡°My head and neck were so stiff, indeed I often felt my head was about to explode! After only 4 sessions with Frank Kennedy the relief was dramatic. My neck is more relaxed and my head much lighter. While I know I have a long way to go, a great start has been made.¡±
Mary Mahon, Teacher
¡°When I went to Frank Kennedy I felt hindered by all the tiny mis-alignments that had built up in my joints through life¡¯s stresses. Taking lessons from Frank reverses this process. Every small realignment relieves more strain and releases an ease of movement not felt since childhood.¡±
Isabella Codd , Soft-Furnishing Designer
¡°I am a teacher and have experienced voice loss and voice strain many times. Since taking Alexander Technique classes with Frank Kennedy my voice has strengthened and I no longer suffer from voice loss. I also have more energy, confidence and a greater sense of well-being.¡±
¡°The Alexander technique classes with Frank Kennedy have been great in helping me to recover from a long-term illness. The principles are very simple, yet very effective.¡±
Stephen Turner, Student
¡°For twenty or so years I suffered badly from recurring lower back pain, which used completely floor me two or three times a year. Since starting the Alexander Technique with Frank Kennedy five years ago, my back has been completely clear of problems, and I have also improved greatly in terms of posture and flexibility. I attend Frank once a month, and am very grateful for the benefits this brings.¡±
¡°For some years whenever I stood for 10 minutes my lower back would feel as if it were caving in. I would feel in need of immediate back support, and would feel increasing pain. At times I couldn¡¯t even stand for 10 minutes. After three visits to Frank Kennedy that scenario just disappeared. I can stand now until my feet get too tired!¡±
Eil¨ªs McCormack, Teacher
¡°It's such a pleasure experiencing the feeling of being at my full height following an Alexander session with Frank Kennedy. The resulting ease and peace affect me at all levels of my being.¡±
¡°I have had Alexander Technique lessons from leading practitioners on 4 continents. In my opinion, Frank Kennedy is by far the best teacher I have encountered. His methods demystify the process and teach the student how to use the knowledge practically.¡±
Mark Errington, Hong Kong
¡°When I am in Dublin I always have as many lessons as possible with Frank Kennedy because I enjoy my time learning with him. As a seasoned student of the Alexander Technique I appreciate the clarity of his teaching. With Frank I have those 'Eureka' moments that make me far more aware of my use. And he's thoroughly nice chap too.¡±
Sian Errington, Hong Kong
"For some years I have suffered with low back pain and in the past couple fo years, sciatic pain, which gradually became almost constant. Sometimes this pain was so severe, I had to take painkillers in order to get some relief- just for a day or two.
I decided to look around for some non-drug remedies and came across the Alexander Technique. I started lessons with Frank Kennedy just over nine months ago. The treatment consisted of gentle, non-invasive, posture-correcting exercises, and much positive encouragement from Frank.
Three months later, I was totally free from sciatica, have contined to be so to this day. In addition, the back pain is so much eased and (unless I do something stupid) no longer bothers me. Thank you so much Frank",
" I was heading for my second serious back operation until I met Frank Kennedy.
QUOTES ABOUT THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - courtesy of The Society of teachers of the Alexander Technique
THINGS FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE:
97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.
- Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon
I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.
- John Cleese, actor
Mr. Alexander has done a service to the subject [of the study of reflex and voluntary movement] by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck.
- Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist
We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.
- Professor Nicholas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology
Balance is a vital aspect of good hammer throwing and getting the head, neck, spine and pelvis in the correct relationship enables the balance of the throw to come so much more easily. Once the balance is settled there is an enormous improvement in turning speed.
- Howard Payne, Commonwealth record hammer thrower
The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.
- Greg Chappell Australian test cricketer (1970 - 1984)
The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.
- Roald Dahl, writer
Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.
- George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature
It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health, increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels... We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.
- Aldous Huxley, writer
I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.
- Alec McCowen CBE, actor
The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.
- John Houseman, actor, producer and director
Alexander students rid themselves of bad postural habits and are helped to reach with their bodies and minds, an enviable degree of freedom of expression.
- Michael Langham, Director, The Juilliard School, New York USA
Effective learning must be based on first-hand experience.
- John Dewey, educationalist and philosopher
The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.
- William Hurt, actor
The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.
- Patrick Maddams, managing director, Royal Academy of Music
The Technique's many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.
- Kevin Kline, actor
Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching and transformative than the Alexander Technique.
- Harold Stone, Associate Director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA
I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn't have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.
- Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist
The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.
- Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist
The Alexander Technique changed my life. It enabled me to devote more time to creating beauty. This inner strength is essential for all.
- Andrew Logan, sculptor
" I was heading for my second serious back operation until I met Frank.