About Sheila Christie 

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I developed recurrent lower back, neck and shoulder pain in my early twenties

Sheila Christie, photo Katie Vandyck 2019

Sheila Christie, photo Katie Vandyck 2019

Over many years I had regular treatment from a cranial osteopath. This helped me live my life and continue working, but I had no insight into the underlying cause of the pain or a long-term way of managing it   

After a painful back episode in my thirties I took up Pilates.  This too enabled me to cope but I still had no understanding of why I had back problems or how I could approach life differently.

Pain and stiffness

My children grew up and I gradually took on the care of an elderly parent as well as working.  I was becoming more twisted and compressed and less mobile. I felt sure I was headed for pain, stiffness and immobility as I grew older but didn’t know what to do about it.   

In 2009 I went to an introductory Alexander Technique group class at a local college.  I realised my own body use – how I moved and went about my everyday activities – was at the heart of the problem.

Finding mobility and balance

By using the Alexander Technique to change my habitual movements I began to find a way out of increasing discomfort. I went on to have one-to-one lessons, then trained as an Alexander teacher at City Alexander Technique School.   

I’ve become more mobile and am no longer in pain. I’ve taken up cycling again after many years. I’ve re-discovered my natural balance and poise and now prioritise my own well-being.  I’m more optimistic about moving into later life and can also deal more calmly with whatever life stresses come along.   

Qualifications

In 2019 I completed a three-year full-time training course to become an Alexander Technique teacher.  This is accredited by the Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (STAT).  I am fully insured and am a teaching member of the Society and bound by their Code of Professional Conduct and Professional Competence.  I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).