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All of the teachers working at the Centre are members of STAT (The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique). Most of the teachers at the Centre also teach elsewhere - at home, in Medical practices or Alternative Health Centres, at Drama Schools or Music Colleges.

The Directors of the Centre are:


Natacha Osorio

Tel:
020 8444 8836
Mobile:
07884 015954
E-mail

With a background in the performing arts, Natacha Osorio has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1991, when she qualified as a teacher at the Constructive Teaching Centre for Alexander Technique in London. Over the years, she has worked extensively in her private practice, teaching people from all walks of life. She has also worked in various drama training institutions including Central School of Speech and Drama and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. This has given her the opportunity to investigate, develop and practise the Alexander Technique in relationship to vocal and physical work. She has also been able to exploit her experience in pregnancy and childbirth when teaching the Alexander Technique.




Stephen Cooper


Stephen Cooper trained with Peter Scott and Marjory Barlow and qualified as a teacher of the Technique in 1979. He founded the Centre with Tessa Cawdron in 1986.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Stephen died in April 2015. He will be greatly missed.
Other teachers working at the Centre

Brita Forsstrom


Tel.
020 7833 4854
Mobile
07739 796 514
E-mail
Website

Brita Forsstrom has been running a private practice since 1984. She has extensive experience of group introductory teaching including The City Lit (AT for Actors and Performers), Enfield Teachers Centre, Royal Free Hospital School (2nd year medical students) and YMCA Gym. Brita gives workshops and consultations in the work place (e.g. Tommy Boy Music, St. Luke's Advertising Agency, Axa Insurance, BFI and The Guardian). She has also taught at drama schools, worked with choirs (Sweden and Singapore), and currently assists in training teachers at The Alexander Technique Studio. Brita is co-author of /The Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth/, Gollancz 1995).


Michelle Cole

Tel:
020 8690 0801
Mobile:
079 4003 3728
E-mail
Website

Michelle Cole (MSTAT) trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington. She has been working at the Bloomsbury Alexander Centre since 1998 and also works in South East London and Docklands. She has experience of working with pupils from a wide range of backgrounds including office workers, health workers, teachers, musicians and other performers. She has also run introductory workshops for companies and organisations including Credit Suisse and the Royal London Hospital.
 
She is a keen cyclist and has travelled extensively; often with the bike! See Michelle's website at www.gooduse.com for available times and days



Alan Bignell


Tel
020 8995 2588
Mobile
07973 503323
E-mail
Website

Alan Bignell (MSTAT) first came in touch with the Alexander Technique some 20 years ago and, after having more lessons than he cares to remember, trained with Misha Magidov at the North London Alexander Teacher Training School. In addition to his work at the Bloomsbury Alexander Centre, Alan has specialised in giving Alexander lessons to employees within their work place. Among the organisations he has worked with are ICI, the German Embassy and Grey Worldwide. A French and Portuguese speaker, Alan has a very simple, down to earth approach to the Technique which is perhaps best illustrated by his web site at www.a-bignell.demon.co.uk


Alun Thomas

Mobile
07817 091385
E-Mail

Alun Thomas, MSTAT GRNCM, has a background as a professional violinist. He has given recitals on BBC Radio 3 and played concertos and chamber music with a number of well known groups at music clubs and societies throughout the UK. He has also played in principal positions with a number of the major symphony and chamber orchestras in this country. He studied at the Brighton Alexander Training Centre with John Nicholls and at the Alexander Re-education Centre with Ron Colyer. He has also studied with a number of the 'first generation' AT teachers including lessons over a number of years with Anthony Spawforth who trained with F.M. Alexander himself. He is currently writing a short book based on his years of experience as a performer and teacher on 'String playing and the Alexander Technique'. A long interest in the work of the teacher J. Krishnamurti has led Alun to an interest in the educational value of the technique and its important place as a platform for any quest involving understanding our difficulties and the search for deeper meaning in daily life. As well as the performance aspects of the work Alun is also interested in the technique as it relates to 'medical' problems such as chronic pain, respiratory difficulties and aspects of voice work. He likes to make learning the technique a fun experience that stimulates questions and curiosity. He gives evening classes on a regular basis at the Bloomsbury Centre and also teaches in Windsor, Berkshire.


Louisa Gnafkis


Tel
07701 023 977
E-mail

Louisa Gnafkis is also a piano teacher and has acquired a rich teaching experience with adults and children for over 30 years. Originally from Greece, she studied many contemporary movement practices (such as Contact Improvisation and Body Mind Centering) and Shiatsu, before coming to London to study the Alexander Technique (AT). She graduated from Misha Magidov's North London Teacher Training Course in 2001. She has also studied the AT with other teachers, including Ted McNamara, Maya Galai and Glen Park. She completed training in healing using Subtle Energy Intergration. The AT has taught her that by understanding yourself, focusing on the whole being and not simply on posture, you can unlock a natural state of ease, poise, balance and expression. This helps not only to alleviate physical problems but also to improve confidence, manage stress and regain ease of movement. These are qualities that anyone can experience through the techniqe and apply in their own field of interest. Louisa offers private lessons in Bloosmbury Alexander Centre and also teaches the AT to individuals and groups in Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


Yoshi Inada


Tel
020 8567 3763
Mobile
07804 613084
E-mail
Website

Yoshi Inada MSTAT MD LRAM
Yoshi started his career as a medical doctor, graduating from Tokyo Jikei University of Medicine in 1989. Realising a few years later, while training as a neurologist at Kantoh Teishin Hospital in Tokyo, that he wanted to concentrate on music, he moved to London to study bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music, where he first encountered the Alexander technique. He subsequently trained with Peter & Ellie Ribeaux and has been practicing in London since 2000. Yoshi has a wide range of experience of martial arts including judo and tai-chi, and he is a qualified Bowen Technique practitioner.
Yoshi has given many presentations on the Alexander Technique in London and abroad. Venues and organisations include Sky TV, Charing Cross Hospital, Cannon Health Clubs, Richmond upon Thames College, Bhavan (Indian music college), The Bridge Theatre training company, Rio Tinto, STAT student network, Harley Street Clinics, Escuela Municipal de Musica y Danze de Arona(Teneriffe, Spain) and The Group of Japanese Theatre Actors (Tokyo).
Because of his background, as an Alexander teacher Yoshi is interested both in working with pain sufferers and with performing artists. He teaches Alexander Technique at Trinity College of Music (Junior Dept), Redroof Film & Televison School and Kingston Grammar School (Music Dept) in London.


Maya Galai


Tel.
020 8341 6524
Mobile
07958 443327
E-mail

Maya Galai trained with Patrick Macdonald, qualifying in 1983. She has been working on training courses for many years, having been a staff member of the courses run by Misha Magidov, Peter and Eleanor Ribeaux, and Stephen Cooper. She has travelled widely as a teacher, especially in Italy and in her home country of Israel.
Maya has worked at the Bloomsbury Alexander Centre since 1989 and was a Director of the Centre from 1993 to 2005. She has a broad experience of teaching the Technique in Educational establishments including the Middlesex Polytechnic Performing Art Department and the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


Antonella Cavallone

Mobile:
07816 588 457
E-mail
Website

Antonella Cavallone BA MSTAT
Originally from Puglia in Italy, Antonella holds a degree in Art History from the University of London. In the latter stages of her studies and suffering from debilitating neck pain, she sought out the Alexander Technique. Thus inspired, she trained as a teacher herself at the Victoria School for the Alexander Technique in London and has taught fulltime since.

Antonella teaches the Technique to both individuals and groups. She acts as a consultant on using the Technique for postural education in the health sector in NHS hospitals around the United Kingdom and private corporations. She has extensive experience in leading workshops on strategies to improve posture at work for the Society and College of Radiographers and in a variety of other professional environments, and runs bespoke in-house 'Stress Management Training with Alexander Technique' programmes for self-development and mindfulness.

Antonella's experience also includes running sessions for family groups and female-only classes and assisting in training teachers at the CityATS training school. She has served on STAT's council and remains on various committees, and is a registered CNHC practitioner. She has often written about and been a voice for the Technique in the media.


Cristina Codina Llavina


Tel:
020 7266 5256
Mobile:
07734 219669
E-mail

Cristina Codina Llavina is a qualified Alexander Technique teacher and a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) with experience in teaching both individuals and groups from all walks of life: women only classes, mixed classes with ages ranging from 16-60, children's groups, and has three years of experience assisting in the Alexander Technique department of the Arts ED School of Acting.


Joe Detnon

Mobile:
07794 129 082
E-mail

Joe came to the Alexander Technique due to chronic neck and shoulder pain. Amazed that after a few lessons the pain began to subside and eventually disappear he saw no other option than to train and subsequently qualify as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Joe has a background in sport and is a qualified Shaw Method swimming teacher. He also plays and teaches the guitar and counts among his Alexander pupils the world renowned acoustic finger style guitarist Duck Baker.


Loretta Manson


Mobile:
07949 190595
E-mail
Website

Loretta Manson encountered the Alexander Technique after studying ballet and various other forms of dance throughout childhood. She found it a refreshingly different approach to thinking about posture and movement and it also proved invaluable in managing the chronic pain and fatigue that had troubled her from her teenage years when she was diagnosed with scoliosis.

Loretta trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, graduating in 1997. After an initial period of teaching, she spent several years in fast paced office environments as an administrator and PA, whilst at the same time exploring a newfound interest in partner dancing. In 2012, she returned to teaching after pursuing refresher training at the Alexander Technique Studio. She teaches pupils interested in using the technique for tension and pain relief, improving performance, addressing the causes of poor posture and for self development and mindfulness.

Loretta finds the Alexander Technique greatly enriches her experience of learning and dancing both Lindy Hop and Argentine tango, and likewise, dancing and teaching these dances has fed into her understanding of the Technique. She has a special interest in exploring how improved body awareness can promote better partner connection in social dance, help dancers lessen the risk of injury and dance with more sensitivity, freedom and enjoyment.