I first visited Geoff eighteen months ago, with a long-standing ache in my shoulder. The pain had gone on for so long, I assumed I’d be taking strong painkillers for ever. I didn’t tell him about this problem. I didn’t have to - he identified and worked on the underlying problem, and after the first lesson the pain had disappeared. I started having lessons regularly, and over the ensuing months the pain came and went, gradually fading, and has now gone. The freedom from this pain has made a huge difference to my piano playing. That was just a starting point. I'm learning so much from him about how to move - and how not to - and as a consequence feel physically better overall, more comfortable in myself and how I move, and importantly am pain-free. Geoff is an insightful and intuitive teacher and I’d recommend anyone to go and have a lesson with him
I initially came to Geoff worried about my posture – most of my life is spent inside my head and I spend a lot of time at a computer. I was fairly ignorant of my body (which was terrible because I also occasionally carry heavy equipment long distances on public transport). Better posture came from Geoff's intervention, but I found far more value in a more fundamental focus on becoming aware of my body at rest and in activity. I wouldn't have been able to achieve this by myself and without Geoff I'd still be going around, tense and getting tired without even realising why. Although I've a way to go yet, I already feel I'm making more efficient use of my body and don't get tired as easily so will absolutely continue working with Geoff.
Geoff has helped me hugely through Alexander lessons and 3 occasions are prominent - the first time I had chronic shoulder and neck pain caused by injury and through lessons aimed at relearning good posture, correct movement and deep stretching I haven’t had shoulder/neck pain for a number of years. Secondly, when I was pregnant, I got severe pelvic pain in the 3rd trimester which both doctor and Physio said would only be relieved after I had my baby, 2 or 3 visits to Geoff working on my posture and the pain disappeared completely! The third time I had lower back pain and through Geoff, I realized that it was caused by tension and emotions while I was going through my divorce and Geoff helped me immensely during this time. I cannot recommend Geoff highly enough - just try one lesson and you’ll see what I mean!:)
At a low point in my life when chronic asthma was not responding to the usual medication I went to see Geoff as a last resort. He was gentle, sympathetic and got on with his work and began a recovery which has led to better control of the problem than ever before. Latterly his work with my physical disabilities has been done in the same caring way with similar beneficial results. He listens and seems to sense what is needed, and the body responds. I would highly recommend him as an Alexander Teacher and as a person he has a nice sense of humour and a lovely light touch which is very attractive.Claire Harbour
Geoff has done good work with me and transformed my voice on stage (which is what the Alexander technique was invented for!) and also made me into a more relaxed and aware human.Paul Foot
Geoff has great empathy and a thorough technique of using the Alexander technique to re-activate the young and old. I should know; he has worked on me for over forty years! I can not recommend him highly enough. I always come away feeling years younger and with a new spring in my step.Henry Harrison
A great system, particularly for musicians, to avoid injury and long term issues. I had the pleasure of sessions with Geoff for just under 3 years. I am a full time musician (drummer). My initial complaint came from my dominant wrist, which I had been told by a physiotherapist was coming from restriction of blood and nerve flow in my shoulder (which itself was traced back to neck tension). Physio/massage always felt like treating the symptoms whereas Alexander technique treats the underlying cause of how we hold our bodies. Although my original issue was eradicated within the first few sessions I continued as the method was addressing some much deeper ideas regarding how I interact with my instrument. The only reason I stopped attending was due to financial constraints and would return immediately if this was not still the case. A satisfied customer