I first became interested in The Alexander Technique after many years of suffering from sports injuries and back pain. I'd tried many forms of treatment and exercise, but only gained temporary relief. But it wasn't until after I started lessons in The Alexander Technique, that I began to appreciate the cause of my condition; it was me! Or how I moved and treated my back.
Instead of complaining about 'my back hurting me' I began to ask ‘what am I doing with myself to cause this pain?’
Later I came to realise that the back pain itself was just a symptom of a more fundamental problem – I had lost the ability of natural movement partly due to, paradoxically, my preoccupation with exercise and sport. Whilst I had thrown myself into every new sport with enthusiasm and vigour I had not considered whether I knew how to ‘use’ my body well enough to be able to do this.
Participation in a new sport put additional stress onto my body as I continued to use myself badly whilst attempting different or more complex techniques. An added complication was that the more I used myself in this way, the worse my condition became, as my movement deteriorated through repetition of poorly executed moves.
Through Alexander lessons I began to unlearn bad habits and eventually returned to running and other sports, plus I could sit at my desk and in my car all day without pain!
In 2001 I published a book, 'The Performance Paradox' looking at how we could achieve far more from training. (read extracts)
In 2006 my book 'Zone Mind, Zone Body' was published by Ecademy Press. The book looks in depth look at the fascinating subject of 'The Zone' and include practical steps to help you get there.
My latest book, 'Golf Sense', was published in 2010 and has received critical acclaim from coaches and players alike for it's 'innovative approach'.
I teach people of all ages and abilities, whether sporting or not, how to move with less effort and poise to reduce the undue stresses and strains many of us place on our bodies. This can go a long way to preventing muscle fatigue, a major contributing factor to pain, and help to improve your posture, breathing, circulation and sense of well-being.
Since 2015 I have taught at Northampton University on the BA (Hons) Acting course.
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"The time I spent with Roy in the UK was both fascinating and enlightening. With minimal effort he had me moving and standing comfortably and with minimal strain on my body. He was able to get me to do a full squat without effort and with no discomfort, something I hadn't done for years, if ever. The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities."
Greg Chappell (former Australian cricket captain)
"I have benefited from the Alexander Technique for the past 15 years and have been seeing Roy Palmer for the past 3 years. The results over time were remarkable and allowed me to cease all pain medication. I regained flexibility in my back, shoulders and neck, and muscle tension was dramatically reduced. My sleep and general well being improved. I have continued to use the Technique and have regular lessons which help with muscle tension, improved posture and flexibility and have allowed me to take up activities I would never have thought possible." Lucille Knapp.