Testimonials

Combining his professional experience with the tried and trusted principles of the Alexander Technique, the AT teacher can provide a unique consultancy service to individuals and organisations.

Ray Yeates

Dublin City Arts Officer

The Alexander Technique teacher’s [Tomás Hardiman] extensive experience of arts management coupled with his new skill as an Alexander Technique Teacher combine to make him a valuable resource for creative organisations. I have benefitted from his work and have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Jane Daly

Co-Director, Irish Theatre Institute, Dublin

Irish Theatre Institute is very pleased with the impact the Alexander Technique Workshop has had on the theatre artists participating in our Six in the Attic Scheme. Tomás expertly provided a group workshop and one-to-one sessions for five participants. Such was the response, we will certainly run another workshop for the next group of participating artists.

Ann Mulrooney

CEO, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow

I had been in constant pain for nearly two years after falling off a ladder when I stumbled across the Alexander Technique. I had become withdrawn and at times very depressed, which, of course, had repercussions on my family. They were very sympathetic, but after a while, the tension began to build, with ever-increasing rows. I couldn’t go back to work, although I had tried several times, and socialising was no fun at all. The pain and torment were beginning to take over my life. After my fourth or fifth lesson, I was able to see that it was I who was causing the discomfort. I had gotten into the habit of tensing up my left leg, which I probably started doing when I had my accident. I couldn’t believe it at first that the problem was so simple; in fact I walked out of that lesson without any pain at all for the first time in twenty months. The pain did, in fact, return the next day, but this experience had given me hope so I persevered with the lessons and now I am free of pain for at least ninety-five per cent of the time. During the process, I have learnt so much about myself that I would never have known otherwise. I am deeply grateful to the Technique and to my teacher for the patience that he had

Patrick Stanton

Builder

Lessons in the Alexander Technique taught me how to sit in a state of lumbrosacral poise, and my chronic lower back pain gradually became cured. The Technique is true education. Compared to surgery, a course of instruction is inexpensive

John H. M. AustinMD

Professor of Radiology, Chief Division of Radiology Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York

When I was forty I suffered from my very first migraine; I was in bed for five days with it. Before this point in my life I had never really been ill. The attacks became more and more frequent, happening three or four times each year, and by the time I had reached the age of forty-eight they were a fortnightly affair and almost unbearable. I was becoming so tense that my head, neck and even my eyes were constantly painful. It was then that I decided to go along to the local college and enrol in what appeared to be "a way to relax" – the Alexander Technique. That was seven months ago. My last migraine of any consequence was over four months ago, but I would not be so brash as to say that I have been cured. I can now take precautionary action, however, to limit the severity of the attack and sometimes even prevent the attack itself. Hopefully, in the near future, I will say that I am cured, but I do know that whatever I have learnt through the Alexander Technique will help me through any other crisis in the future

Yvonne Dartnall

The Alexander Technique constantly helps me to feel calmer in stressful situations. It has also helped me to be more relaxed whilst driving. My stiff and painful neck has returned to normal, my wheeziness has greatly improved with no sign of the asthma returning, and my migraines are far less frequent and not nearly so intense. Although I feel I have a long way to go, I’m a lot more aware of myself, so whenever I get twinges of pain I adjust accordingly and the pain immediately eases. Although I still suffer from headaches, it takes a lot more physical and mental stress for them to manifest

Patsy Spiers

‘The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright’

William Hurt

Actor

By means of the Alexander Technique, I have acquired an awareness of where my body is in space. I am now able to control my muscle tension by means of my brain; essential if I was ever to maintain a posture without straining my body. I have discovered a completeness of my mind and body: it can work as a whole entity instead of a jumble of separate limbs, head and torso all working independently of one another. This, of course, relieves a lot of unnecessary muscle tension and restores the completeness of the body in a relaxed and coordinated way that had been lost in my early childhood. Most of my aches and pains have dropped away, leaving me able to achieve a balance and poise not only of the body but of the mind as well

Val Oatly

Ballet Dancer

Neck problems are virtually an occupational hazard for Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons. I had serious problems during my working years but hoped for relief on early retirement. This was not the case and limitation of cervical (and thoracic) movement became quite an intrusion on my life. Physiotherapy and medication gave only short-term improvement. On being introduced to the Alexander Technique, I was somewhat sceptical that anything was going to work but can only describe the relief gained, and maintained, as quite incredible. General posture has improved and neck mobility has returned to that last experienced more than twenty years ago. What more could one ask for?

Kieran Tobin

M.B, B.Ch, BAO, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Irl), D.L.O. Senior Surgeon, University College Hospital Galway

As the result of a football injury, I suffered from chronic back trouble for twenty years. Often my back would go into spasm which would cause me serious pain. After trying many different treatments, I went to an Alexander Technique teacher who showed me that the way I walk and sit are fundamental to how my back feels. I have had a long period of remission from my back problem, and of all the therapies I tried, none of them have been as good as the Alexander Technique
Éamon Dunphy

Éamon Dunphy

International Footballer and Sports Journalist

The many obvious benefits that the technique afforded us as actors included minimised tension, centredness, vocal relaxation and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height. I have also found in the ensuing years great benefits to my day-to-day living. By balancing and neutralising tensions, I've learnt to relieve as well as avoid the aches and pains caused by the thousands of natural shocks that flesh is heir to
Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Actor

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