My name is Adrian Farrell. I'm a STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) qualified and dedicated Alexander Technique Teacher working in North London.
I first came to the Alexander Technique in 2002 because of chronic back, neck and shoulder pain gained from long hours sitting at a computer workstation. At the time I was working as an IT consultant for Investment Banks and Stock Brokers. I found the high demands of the job made taking care of myself as I worked at my computer very difficult.
It was a chance conversation with a ballet dancer at a party that led to being asked if I had heard of the Alexander Technique. Obviously I hadn't. It tends not to be so well known outside of the world of performing arts, and so I looked it up on-line the following day. Having spent years seeing various osteopaths, I immediately liked that I could learn to take responsibility for myself. Instead of being passively treated for symptomatic pain without addressing the cause, I could learn to take responsibility for myself. This goes beyond the usual "common sense" advice. We've all been given lists of what we should or shouldn't do, but it never really seems to change the way we actually behave, I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
Within a few months of weekly Alexander lessons, my neck and shoulder issues were largely resolved. I continued to have lessons for many years, even after finding relief from my physical problems, because I found the technique so fascinating and useful. Not only did my balance, coordination and posture continue to improve, but I found myself much calmer, and able to handle stressful, demanding situations much better and with more clarity. It also greatly improved the performance of my main hobbies, playing guitar and running.
This naturally led me to wanting to study it in more depth and so I trained to be a teacher at the Alexander Teacher Training School in Central London. My passion now is to introduce the Alexander Technique to a wider audience, especially those who struggle with the demands of computer based office work.
I work with people of all ages and backgrounds. From musicians and performers seeking to enhance their creativity and performance, to office professionals looking to improve their posture and alleviate chronic pain. Whatever your unique circumstances may be, I am committed to tailoring my approach to meet your specific needs and goals.
In addition, I'm also a Craniosacral Therapist having trained at the College of Cranioscral Therapy, the most established college in Europe.
I'm qualified in first aid and have enhanced CRB checks.
As a certified member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT), I have undergone rigorous training and continue to engage in ongoing professional development. This ensures that I provide my students with the highest standard of instruction and support on their journey towards greater self-awareness and well-being.
With over 12 years of experience as an MSTAT teacher, I have had the privilege of witnessing the profound positive impact the Alexander Technique can have on individuals from all walks of life. From athletes and performers seeking to optimize their skills, to office professionals longing for relief from postural discomfort, I have worked with a diverse range of clients, each with their own unique goals and challenges.
I strongly believe in a personalized approach to teaching the Alexander Technique. Recognizing that each individual is unique, I tailor my instruction to address your specific needs, goals, and concerns. Through clear communication and compassionate guidance, I strive to create a supportive and non-judgmental learning environment that encourages exploration and growth.
In our sessions, I will help you develop a heightened sense of body awareness, mindfulness, and conscious control. Together, we will work towards re-establishing your body's natural balance and alignment, promoting greater freedom and ease of movement. By unlearning harmful habits and patterns, you can experience lasting change that extends far beyond the physical realm.
My teaching approach is rooted in empathy, compassion, and respect for each individual's unique needs and goals. I create a safe and nurturing space where students can explore and release habitual patterns of tension and stress. By gently guiding them through hands-on work and verbal instructions, I assist them in cultivating a heightened awareness of their own movement and postural habits.
I am passionate about sharing the benefits of the Alexander Technique with as many people as possible. Beyond my one-on-one sessions, I also offer workshops and group classes where individuals can explore this remarkable practice in a supportive community environment.
Choosing an Alexander Technique teacher is an important decision, and I am committed to providing you with the highest standard of instruction and support. Here are a few reasons why I believe I can be your trusted guide on this transformative journey:
I invite you to take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life. Whether you're seeking relief from pain, aiming to enhance your performance, or simply desiring greater self-awareness, I am here to guide you. Together, we can explore the transformative potential of the Alexander Technique and unlock your innate capacity for well-being and personal growth.
Please feel free to reach out to me to schedule your initial consultation. I look forward to meeting you and embarking on this rewarding journey together.
Adrian Farrell, MSTAT