I came across the Alexander Technique during a folk violin workshop in Ireland and was so impressed by what I thought was a most fascinating and sensible method that I continued to find out more and took lessons.
It was not only an invaluable tool allowing for more ease while learning to play the violin: I realized that the Alexander Technique could help me in each and every activity to avoid unnecessary effort and strain, allowing for more efficiency and freedom. It also made me aware that I can make a conscious choice to behave differently and do not need to be a slave to my own reactions and habits. This had a huge impact on my life and on the way I was dealing with myself at the time in a very stressful job. I seemed stuck in certain uncomfortable patterns of reacting – physical as well as mental – to the pressure I felt was put upon me, and the Alexander Technique offered a way to change my own habitual responses.
Eventually I decided to move to London to complete the 3-year teacher training with Karen Wentworth at the Alexander Technique Studio. I keep furthering my understanding and skills through continuous professional development and very much enjoy applying the Alexander Technique to all challenges life presents. At present I teach individual lessons and group workshops mainly in London (Fulham and Bloomsbury). I am also involved in the training of teachers at the Constructive Teaching Centre and work for the Walter Carrington Educational Trust.
Before that – being a native Austrian – I studied Historical Comparative Linguistics in Vienna while supporting myself with a job at University. After graduation I worked as a computer programmer, ran my own courier business – driving a little van all over Europe – and was employed as a very busy print production manager at an international mail order company.
I also discovered a lot of parallels and mutual enrichment with Aikido – a Japanese martial art, which I have practised for more than 20 years, currently holding the rank of 4th Dan Aikikai. In Aikido I aim to blend with the energy of an attack and redirect it rather than trying to block or withstand it. In order properly to harmonize with the force of an attack I must avoid unnecessary tension in myself – without being floppy – so as to be able to feel and judge the amount and direction of the force at any moment. I want to be organized and calm within myself so I can be alert to the moment and react freely and adequately. The Alexander Technique keeps helping me to work towards those ideals.