Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson’s
The Alexander Technique offers people living with Parkinson’s self-management strategies that can help them gain more control of movement patterns, with potential improvements in balance, posture and walking. It can enable them to participate in everyday activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from symptoms.
The Walter Carrington Educational Trust at the Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf centre aims to further the work of F. M. Alexander and make it more available to people living with Parkinson’s. The Trust supported myself and three more teachers of the Alexander Technique to receive special training and get more experience in working with this population from autumn 2016. During spring 2017 four individuals who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease were offered the opportunity of having five free one-to-one Alexander lessons with us. We have given two workshops to people living with Parkinson’s and their carers in Autumn 2017 and now a new initiative is starting for 2018 where more teachers will be invited to join and receive extra training. More information on this initiative here.
Sponsored Lessons Opportunity
The Walter Carrington Educational Trust is now offering ten free lessons for up to ten individuals with a Parkinson’s diagnosis who are willing to commit to all ten sessions. The application process will be open until the 21st March 2018, and the lessons will be given between the end of March and the end of July 2018. Applications should be made online (see link below). Please read the guidance notes carefully before making your application.
All ten lessons offered need to be taken by the end of July 2018. Please only apply if you feel able to commit the complete series of ten lessons. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to keep appointments, and where it is necessary to cancel a lesson, the session may be rebooked within the period specified, or in exceptional circumstances, the period may be extended. Unfortunately, we are not able to make this particular offer available to wheelchair users. If you are a wheelchair user and interested in the Alexander Technique, please do contact us as we might be able to refer you to a teacher or contact you at a later point with an offer suitable for you.
Please pay close attention to the access arrangements for each teaching location indicated later in the questionnaire.
Please click HERE for the application questionnaire.
The application process is open until 21st March. A representative for the Walter Carrington Educational Trust will contact you between 22nd and 30th March.
FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S AND THEIR CARERS
Living with Parkinson’s – Exploring Possibilities with the Alexander Technique
A free workshop in London for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers – Sponsored by the Walter Carrington Educational Trust
Maximum 12 participants
Location: The Constructive Teaching Centre/Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf centre
13 The Boulevard
London SW6 2UB
Dates: Sunday 11th February 2018 | Sunday 25th February 2018
Time: 1.30 – 5.00 pm, with breaks provided
How to book: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form here
The workshop is free, but booking is essential as there are only limited places. Please state which date you would like to book and if you are booking just one place for yourself or two places (one for yourself and one for a carer).
The Alexander Technique offers people living with Parkinson’s self-management strategies that can help them gain more control of movement patterns, with potential improvements in balance, posture and walking. It can enable them to participate in everyday activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from symptoms. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, pain and fatigue can also be addressed using Alexander principles. This will be a participatory workshop and everyone will leave with some new skills to help them meet the challenges of Parkinson’s.
This opportunity is open to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners/helpers. Unfortunately, we are not able to make the workshop available to wheelchair users. If you are a wheelchair user and interested in the Alexander Technique, please do contact us as we might be able to refer you to a teacher or contact you at a later point with an offer suitable for you.
More information on the teachers you will be working with can be found by clicking on the names below. All teachers involved are members of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and have undertaken special training in working with people living with Parkinson’s.
A number of extra teachers who are joining the initiative will be assisting at both workshops.
A compilation of information on the Alexander Technique for Parkinson’s may be found here: http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons/. We are grateful to Monika Gross, Executive Director of independent nonprofit organisation The Poise Project, for her generous support, advice and expertise.
The main teachers presenting this workshop will be:
FOR ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHERS
Please see information on the website of the Walter Carrington Educational Trust here.
View Canadian AT teacher Caprice Boisvert and Robert Davis explain how the Alexander Technique has helped Robert manage his Parkinson’s symptoms: