Philipa (Phil) Batty became an Alexander Technique Teacher after working in the NHS and Further and Higher Education.
“I found out about Alexander technique when my longstanding (over 20 years) back/neck pain had started to significantly impact on everything in my life and I needed to find something to help me cope. After only a few lessons I could appreciate the changes and after a few more I was hooked; my pain had significantly decreased, and my mobility had improved. I felt empowered, here was something I could do, something I could always turn to, to help me. I decided to undertake the necessary 3-year teacher training course. I graduated from Bristol Alexander School in July 2016, pain free. I couldn’t stay away for long and started back at the school in Sept 2016 to teach others how to teach the skills I love to teach.
“What I hadn’t appreciated at the start of my Alexander Technique training was just how much it would also help me with my general outlook on life. Alexander Technique has changed my life; now I feel anything is possible.
“My private practice is in Wiltshire, where I teach all manner of people who explore AT for a multitude of reasons. I teach outside of my home practice, teaching students at a private girl’s school, massage therapists at their workplace and courses to singers and drama students.
“I have always been passionate about education, mine and others. I have worked as a Health Visitor, and as a lecturer in Further Education and Higher Education for many years and electively home educated my son. All these roles have equipped me with very useful skills, knowledge and experience to enhance my Alexander Technique teaching. Becoming an Alexander Technique teacher could have been considered a career change, but I see it as a continuation of my previous careers in Health and Education, an amalgamation into Health Education through Alexander Technique.
“Any spare time I have, I paint, sing and look after/walk my gorgeous Labrador, but not necessarily in that order or all at once.