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About Jann McMichael

This is my story of back pain.  How I came to Alexander Technique.

It affected every aspect of my life, no more pain free days. I started curtailing my work hours.  I gave up my favourite dancing; could not play with my children. Since depression settled in, I became more and more grumpy and tired. I couldn’t wait for bedtime!

What went wrong, I asked myself

The chair is our worst enemy. They’re all made for comfort and ease…huge comfy sofas, luxurious patio chairs, special ergonomic office chairs!  I now recognize they led to my downfall! Slouching and slumping in them:  Over time my postural muscles became weak, my back no longer stable.

During my fourth pregnancy my back gave in.  For the next eighteen years, I had little to no relief.  Despite seeking every kind of medical care and exercise.

And then……the turning point.

‘Find your Body Balance, replacing Poor Body Control with a Finely-tuned Equilibrium leads to Inner and Outer Harmony’ an article by Alexander Technique teacher John Gray.  I actually flew 6,000 miles to discover what it could do for me.

I remember walking down the street after my first session, a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Although I still had some pain, it was a new experience! Nothing like I had done before.

Most importantly, it was energizing, exciting. For the first time in years I had found something really positive.  Gradually healing repair took place in pain and symptoms as I applied the Technique. The next step was obvious….I trained so I could help others.

Finally…

I now teach the Technique full time and pain is a thing of the past.

Jann’s teaching manner…

Jann communicates the importance of maintaining strong poise and ease through wisdom:  . Her quiet focused manner provides good support to this unique, innovative education.  She is a well known, highly respected Alexander teacher, teaching privately and in groups in Auckland.

Biography.

  • Jann has studied extensively with top Alexander trainers in England, Australia and South Africa.
  • Jann qualified with husband Ian at Walter Vaughn Jones training. Walter’s trainers: first generation master teachers: Peter Scott, Marjory and Wilfred Barlow; and Pat MacDonald.
  • She pursued post graduate studies throughout 2010 at the London Alexander Training School: Trainers Peter and Ellie Ribeaux. Anthony Kingsley, Brita Forsstrom, Ilana Machover (London) and Stephen Cooper (Oxford) and John Grey.
  • She is setting up the Auckland School for Alexander to train teachers. Click here for more info.

Since qualifying Jann has worked with a wide range of people from many walks of life.  She’s spent many years refining the skill of articulate communication and bring this to her teaching. I have also run many group courses to facilitate a better understanding of it.”

Jann earned certification from STAT(SA). And is a member of ATTSNZ
STAT – Society for Teachers of Alexander Technique is the internationally recognised Society; established in 1958 to promote a high recognised standard globally.
ATTSNZ – Alexander Technique Teachers Society of New Zealand) affiliated STAT.

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Who is F M Alexander?

  1. M. Alexander, an unusual man, who, without his ability to question beyond recognized opinion in order to gain a greater understanding, developed this unique fundamentally practical technique.

Through years of patient application to himself, he corrected his own default, a hoarse voice when he was on stage. Through this his method of psycho- physical re-education evolved.

When Alexander started teaching people his technique he would talk and give them the experience of his hands. He later discovered that when using his hands and simultaneously maintaining his own good use, the pupil would gain much more ground.

The uniqueness of this technique not to teach a new exercise nor a new way of doing something, but rather to educate the mind and the muscle to undo, is ultimately the more effective.

For more information email Jann McMichael