Providing an environment that fosters and stimulates learning is essential in any training organisation. At BAS we have an experienced and varied staff who offer a structure that encourages an attitude of curiosity, exploration and enjoyment. These are all qualities that foster change and self-development.
This atmosphere of warmth and encouragement allows the opportunity for individual exploration alongside group work and structured teaching modules.
Our emotional reactions come through our thinking and beliefs about life. These deeply held beliefs must be acknowledged, even respected, before it is possible to change. Through this process we discover choice in our reactions – a very liberating discovery.
Our background in psychology means we acknowledge the need for students to explore this area of themselves during training as we truly work with the whole self. This results in our students finding their own unique style of teaching the Technique.
The Bristol Alexander School was founded in 1989 by Diana Mason. To begin with Diana started the training with just a few students and gradually as time went by more people joined the training. She was assisted by Paul Collins and after Diana stepped down from running the school Paul took over. During this time the school was turned into an Association, known as the Bristol Alexander Technique Training School Association (BATTSA), which meant that the trainees had more input into how the School was run.
Paul was Head of Training from 1989 until 1994 when this role was taken on by Ali Burrows. Ali went on to run and develop BATTSA over the next 13 years until her untimely death in April 2007.
Caroline Chalk took over the running of the School in 2007, and in 2012 the decision was taken to change the name to the Bristol Alexander School.
We are lucky to benefit from regular visits from experienced tutors around the world, some skilled not only in Alexander Technique but also in more specific areas such as swimming, running, group teaching, acting and voice, music etc.
Recent visitors to the School include:
- Tommy Thompson
- Malcolm Balk (running)
- Glenna Batson (anatomy)
- Lucia Walker (dance)
- Missy Vineyard
- Jessica Wolf – Art of Breathing
- Jeando Masoero – via Skype
- Tim Soar
- Michael Harper (singing)
- Brigitte Cavadias (vision)
- Pedro de Alcantara (musical performance)
- Cathy Madden (performance)
Watch a video
The BMJ research into Alexander Technique and back pain spoke to our Head of Training Caroline Chalk. Take a look at the video here …
Meet our tutors
Our tutors are some of the UK’s leading exponents of the Alexander Technique. They have a depth of knowledge and experience that they are delighted to pass on. Read More →