Ian started learning the Alexander Technique in 1995 and has been 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 garden studio, or in the garden if the weather's nice.
Ian has lived in St Dogmaels since 2001. He's been married to Cheryl since 1991 and has four children, two grandsons and a dog.
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.
He enjoys dog walking, paddling his Canadian canoe on the River Teifi and his sit on top kayak around the coast, sometimes getting into the water to float about. He enjoys practising meditation with Alexander's directions.
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 work 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.