Jo Akester
Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a gentle educational approach to changing the way we use ourselves in every aspect of our lives. Through gentle touch and verbal direction an Alexander teacher can help you to change the way you move and coordinate yourself. This decreases excessive muscular tension and pain and improves the quality of your movements.

To arrange a lesson
Tel: 07595 338817 or 01590 644831

  • Struggling with back pain?

  • Neck or shoulder pain?

  • Issues with mobility?

  • Stress affecting your body?

Find out what the Alexander technique can do for you. It is a set of skills that will develop your body awareness and improve your understanding of how your body works and how you can use it better.

The basic understanding is that the mind and body are inseparably bound up in our response to life. This response becomes patterned and less conscious as we go through life. Many of us are living in a tense, compressed pattern of muscular activity for the whole of our lives, and because it has developed so slowly over many years, we are not aware of it. Alexander Technique gives you the tools and practices to reset this pattern and decrease the tension and compression throughout your body. It feels good!


A randomised controlled trial of the Alexander techniques effectiveness to treat low back pain had very positive results:

Brief summary of results:

One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic low back pain.

  • 24 Alexander Technique lessons proved to be most beneficial - after 1 year those who had Alexander Technique lessons had an average 3 days of pain per month compared with 21 days per month with usual GP care.
  • Alexander Technique lessons led to less incapacity people were able to carry out significantly more types of daily tasks without being limited by back pain.

Click here to view the full study on the British Medical Journal website.


Jo has such a calm presence and makes the Alexander technique practices easy to understand and do. My lower back pain cleared up and my posture has improved- all down to Jo!!

Emily Hamilton