Ian has been learning the Alexander Technique since 1995 and teaching since 2002 when he completed a three year full time STAT (Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique) registered course, with Stephen Cooper in Oxford. Lessons take place in his teaching room at home, or in the garden if the weather's nice. Ian and his family have lived in St Dogmaels since 2001. He's been married to Cheryl for 27 years and has four children, a grandson and two dogs. He teaches swimming with the Alexander Technique, working mostly with non-swimmers and people who are nervous in water. See Swimming Without Stress website. Ian is a graduate of SOAS, University of London.
Ian has been taught and trained by some excellent teachers including Stephen Cooper, Elisabeth Walker and John Hunter. Stephen Cooper taught him to stay out of the way, to do less. Elisabeth Walker taught him, 'Just you go on up there!' and John Hunter helped him to find out what he was thinking to get in the way of his energy.
"Thank you for your healing teaching." Karen
For Alexander Technique lessons to go well, there needs to be trust. The teacher and pupil have to get on, so that we can create an atmosphere of openness, to exploration and change. We need to learn to trust Alexander's directions and in the end we have to trust our own direction. All this takes time. Rome wasn't built in a day but if we're going in the right direction, it's okay for change to happen only slowly and gradually.