The intelligent way to solve body problems

As a qualified Alexander Technique teacher, based in the Manchester area, I would love to help you with any postural problems you have, or improve your general well-being and self-awareness. There are many reasons for taking Alexander Technique lessons…

Some of the applications

The Alexander Technique can improve and help with:

  • Posture
  • Poise
  • Co-ordination
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Performance
  • Breathing
  • Speech
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Balance
  • Vitality
You translate everything, whether physical or mental or spiritual, into muscular tension. F.M. Alexander 1869-1955

Founder of the Alexander Technique

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a practical method of self-help where we become aware of how we use ourselves in our day to day activities. These activities, like sitting, walking, standing, can often create unnecessary tension in the body. These habits of tension easily go unnoticed and become so normal for us. Using the Alexander Technique we will be looking at these unhelpful habits and finding a way in which you can consciously choose to undo that pattern of unnecessary tension. You relearn a new and more beneficial way of using yourself, thus achieving greater poise, co-ordination and ease of movement. The Alexander Technique can benefit people of all ages and abilities. For more background information about who F.M. Alexander was and how he came to develop this technique, see this pdf and see the videos on the right.

Lessons in the Alexander Technique

What happens in a typical lesson? As we work together, I will help you to explore the way you think and move in activity and investigate how that thought affects the quality of movement. There is no forceful manipulation of any kind. I simply use guiding hands and verbal instructions, to support you through unfamiliar ways of moving, and to bring your attention to unnecessary tension habits which you may not realise that you have. This is not about learning new movements – it is more like restoring the way we are designed to move, by discovering and choosing to let go of those tension habits. We will start off by looking at our everyday acts such as sitting, standing and moving. We will also work on a table so clothing that is comfortable and appropriate will be fine. I work 2 days a week at Bodywise Natural Health Centre, which is on the 2nd floor of the Manchester Buddhist Centre. More details on their website. I have also travelled to students homes with my portable table and would consider this, please contact me for more details.
unhelpful posture!
97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique – it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery. Jack Stern

Spinal neurosurgeon

About me

My name is…well, you have a choice of three! I will happily answer to Bryan Stephens, Mokshajyoti (Buddhist name) or MJ (short version) – sorry if you find this confusing but please don’t be put off! I first heard about the Alexander Technique when I was about to become the Chairman of the Manchester Buddhist Centre in 2002. I had been a Buddhist for many years and was part of the teaching team at the centre, one of my main interests being meditation courses. I was drawn to meditation because I was curious about how the mind works and interested in developing awareness/mindfulness. The Alexander Technique article I read praised it as being an uplifting experience, encouraging a feeling of greater confidence (and height!) and being more in the present moment. “What a great technique” I thought to myself and had to put it aside for 5 years while I was busy with the Centre. Then I became a student again at the Cumbria Centre for Alexander Teacher Training in Kendal, a wonderful, learning, uplifting 3 years. I have always been interested in physical activities, and try to infuse, for example,  my running with the principles of the Technique. I have also experienced many similarities between Buddhism and the Alexander Technique. The two continue to run parallel with one another. logo for the Society of Teachers of the Alexander TechniqueThe Technique is so diverse it can be applied by anyone to beneficial effect, integrating body and mind, improving poise and ease of movement. What now excites me as a trained teacher is to share what I have learnt, and the journey within. I have loved working with people throughout the years at the Buddhist Centre and now enjoy more the one-to-one exploration you have with students interested in the Technique. I look forward to meeting you and opening the door of curiosity on how we do things and improving our ‘driving skills for the human vehicle’. For more info on my professional accreditation, see this pdf.
Photo of MJ working with student

I’ve worked with many therapists over several years for a complex range of needs, encompassing living with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and having just one leg. Mokshajyoti stands apart in his friendly, sincere approach to his teaching the Alexander Technique. Anjali

After a lifetime of sitting at a desk I was really stooped and round shouldered – could the Alexander Technique help me? I contacted Mokshajyoti and – wow – that was one of my best decisions! He is patiently teaching me to stand, sit and walk in a much more upright way while consciously thinking about each of these actions. Classes are fun and the hour flies past, new habits are forming and I feel we are on a mission together. Thank you Mokshajyoti for all your help.

Lin

Looking for relief from leg pain which traditional medical practices had not been able to alleviate, I decided to go for Alexander Technique lessons with Mokshajyoti. The pain has significantly reduced, and Mokshajyoti with gentleness, kindness and patience has taught me to have better body awareness and how to work with my body to improve my posture and walking gait. I am now able to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking again and this is giving me a greater sense of freedom.

Stan

I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the alignment of my neck and back, which has been a big help while working in front of a screen all day. And throughout the 8 weeks, I found Bryan to be very clear, enthusiastic and well-informed. I can’t recommend the course highly enough.

Dr Price-Thomas

From the first session I felt a genuine interest in my needs from Mokshajyoti, and a comfortable trust in our working relationship within the therapy session. This meant that I felt increasingly able to explore the physical and emotional restraints I’d built up over my life. I learnt instead how to use my whole body to the best of my capabilities within the warmth and collaboration of the sessions. Each session is like a launch pad for the time until the next session. I am very thankful to be able to work with Mokshajyoti at this point in my recovery.

Anjali

After attending lessons with Mokshajyoti, I always feel more relaxed and confident; he has taught me to be more aware and in tune with what my body is telling me.

Stan

After suffering years of back problems and chronic migraine I thought it was time to see what the AT could offer me.  I have a desk job as an administrator and do have fairly bad posture as a result.  I was expecting something far more ‘hard-on’ and daunting, maybe exercises or regimes to religiously follow but what I found was a marvellous relaxing, common sense approach to everyday living and movements.

Susan

I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying.  They get you to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you. John Cleese

Comedian, actor

It makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it. Joan Bakewell

TV presenter

It can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience. Patrick Maddams

Managing Director, Royal Academy of Music

I started Alexander for back pain which it solved without yanking and cracking and discovered something much bigger than curing symptoms. A way to move through the world with openness, balance and tranquility. Richard Hamshire

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