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Alexander Technique in Shiplake

Sheila Pehrson


My name is Sheila Pehrson, and I teach the Alexander Technique in Lower Shiplake. Over the past 25 years I have taught many different people, from teenagers to ninety-year-olds, coming for many different reasons. There have been computer users with aches and pains, horse riders looking to improve their sensitivity, musicians seeking stress-free performance, sporting people recovering from injury. I especially enjoy working with women through pregnancy.

My website www.alexandertechniquehenley.co.uk tells you more about my teaching, and you are welcome to drop me an email or ring for a chat on 0118 940 2069.

Photo: Sheila Pehrson MSTAT

Winter Blues


As winter bites, we may find troublesome backs and joints re-asserting themselves. It's easy to overlook the contribution of movement and posture to these problems, often associated with stress. The Alexander Technique offers a unique way of taming these effects, providing an effective and non-invasive way to deal with the resulting aches and pains - see this BMJ article. Find more details and a list of teachers on the STAT website (that's the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique).

Article created / last edited: 23 November 2016

What is the Alexander Technique, and how can it help?


I teach people to identify and avoid harmful postural habits that can cause discomfort and pain. For example, a common habit is to tighten the neck muscles, pulling the head back and down into the body so the back does not function properly.

Over time, the way we stand, sit, and walk has a profound effect on our physical and mental well-being. The insight that led F.M.Alexander (1869-1955) to develop his Technique, was that "use affects function". That is, if you are using your body badly, squashing and twisting yourself with tension, it’s hardly surprising that this interferes with how your body functions - movements, breathing, digestion.

In my lessons, I use simple activities such as sitting, standing, walking and lying down to explore the relationship of the head, neck and back, revealing how you may be interfering with your natural poise. If you can improve these relationships and free your co-ordination, you gain a life skill that you can apply to everything that you do, from driving a car, sport, music, yoga, horse-riding ... whatever you do. It is a self-help technique that puts you back in control.

Coming for Lessons

I teach one-to-one, usually starting with an initial lesson to see if this skill is something you want to pursue. A basic grounding will typically take between six and ten lessons over a few weeks. My standard fee for a lesson is £40.00.

Article created / last edited: 16 November 2016