Claire Nichols, 34
Artist & Alexander Technique Teacher,
Graduate of Peter Nobes’ South Bank Alexander Technique Teacher Training
It has been a real privilege and pleasure to work with Kajsa over the past five years. From the outset, I found her inspiring and energising - her passion for the technique made a real impression on me and I am very glad that she continued to guest teach during the time I went from student to teacher.
Kajsa's energy is infectious. Her playfulness is not only an important tool for learning, it comes from a genuine lightness of being and a curiosity which it is impossible not to pick up on and join in with. Kajsa truly teaches the Alexander Technique by her own lived example; she has been a key influence for me in how to take play seriously!
Kajsa always creates a safe environment in which to test ideas; experiment, fail, wonder and learn. She has helped me and others to do this in practice and not in theory: working with Kajsa, a student becomes the centre of their own learning, working through activities that they have chosen and taking ownership of the process, with her support. When I first experienced this, I was a little daunted, but I have come to see that the autonomy Kajsa teaches - a sense of responsibility for one's own self - mind and body - activates a genuine freedom of choice that is the key to getting off autopilot.
Watching Kajsa teach on her most recent visit, I was deeply struck by how much she achieved by doing so little. She spent time patiently listening to and being with a student, compassionately, and supporting them with her own awareness, presence and observations. She neither fixed a posture or movement, nor sought to give the student 'an experience', rather I witnessed her facilitate real change through activating the student's own choice, awareness and inhibition - each student she worked with was glowing, coordinated and more alive as a result. Her work speaks directly, and in a very human way, to F.M Alexander's idea that the conscious mind must be "quickened".
Works in healthcare
Takes private lessons
After having tried, amongst other things; massage, acupuncture and tai chi; with good effect, but realized it required time of me, time I couldn't always allot, I began looking for a tool or a method that could be integrated in my everyday life. Something that is always with me and is applicable to both body and mind, something that can be used in as many different situations as possible and where I can put the training into the everyday activities whilst developing myself.
I found an article about the Alexander Technique and Kajsa in the paper Hallå Lund and decided to see if it was something for me. It is! Kajsa is a teacher with courage, patience, humor, warmth, knowledge and experience. She communicates the Technique in a way that adapts to the individual and is creative. The whole of me feels better as I learn and the Technique offers several possibilities for handling tension and blocks. In situations that has been and are difficult for me to handle, new paths are now opening.
The Alexander Technique is a method which gives time, not takes time, and gives me possibilities for continued whole development and integration.
Takes private lessons
I came to Kajsa first due to back-pain, which started going away already after the first lesson and after the third was non-existant. I got help with how I could move when I work with my arms above shoulder height, which was one of the reasons for extra tension in back and shoulders. I was suprised with the efficiency of The Alexander Technique and believe everyone ought to learn this in school.
The work has given me more freedom of movement and flexibility in both body and mind. I breathe more freely and experience more calm and spontaneity in myself which, amongst other things, result in spontaneous song. It feels good to have a greater availability to how I think, move and express myself.
I recommend both the technique and Kajsa for their common ability to meet you where one is and with understanding, warmth and humor invite to see oneself with full acceptance.
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