Improve the use of yourself

Learn the skills to improve your use (poise, posture and reaction) and move without pain or effort.

  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Improve your head/neck/back posture
  • Prevent harmful habits of postural support and tension
  • Address your overall use and refine your coordination
  • Learn strategies for a better way of breathing
  • Use your voice more efficiently
  • Boost your performance in every move

posture, poise, movement, attention, reactivity, body schema, stability, mood, confidence, breathing, sitting, walking, talking, running, sports, playing instruments, office work, daily activities.

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What is the Alexander Technique?

The AT is a self-development method that teaches how to change our habitual way of use of our muscular tension and postural support in our daily activities.

We have habitual patterns of co-contractions that tend to create a harmful use of ourselves. The pressure that we exert over our body and the negative consequences attributed to it can be reduced. The spine can lengthen when we stop doing what we do to compressed it. We get a decompression that also creates a healthy effect in the joints of the legs and arms. Our posture and movements will get the benefits from a smoother control over our habitual patterns of use.

But it doesn’t end there. Our “use” not only affects how we apply muscular effort and postural support, it equally affects how we apply our attention and how we react to the stimuli of our busy life. When we change our use we change how we do everything, the physical as well as mental activities.

The change that we are looking for is in order to get an ease in movement, attention and reaction. This reduction of stress on our mental and physical being provokes a constant improvement in your health and happiness.

Feeling comfortable under your skin and gaining a better coordination in your movement will open up new possibilities to enjoy life to the full.

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about Me

Hello. I’m Marietta Simarro. I was an accountant, although at the same time I was chasing the dream of becoming an actress when I came across the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique turned to be such an essential tool to perform drama that I decided to become a teacher to grasp its full potential. Soon the tool to pursued my dream became the dream itself.

I’ve started my journey with the Alexander Technique in 2003. I was a private student of Rafa Navarro in Madrid when I was training as an actress in Teatro Guindalera. I trained as an Alexander Technique Teacher at the Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC), in London, 2006-2009.

Since 2016 I work as the main assistant in Simon Fitzgibbon’s school, City Sydney Alexander Technique.

I am a member of ATE, Alexander Technique Education association and AUSTAT, the Australian association of Alexander Technique Teachers.

More about my CV

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Lessons

The lessons are one-to-one. The Alexander Technique is taught mainly with hands on for guidance to convey what the verbal explanations means specifically. As the course of lessons progress the coordination will be subtler and deeper ingrained, the meaning of the same concept probably would change as the student change. The more experience the student get the better understanding of how to apply it by himself.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW IS A LESSON?
The lesson may start with either chair work or table work.

Table work consists on lying down on a table with books under the head and the knees pointing to the ceiling, while the teacher works very gently moving the legs, arms and head.

Chair work consists on exploring the dynamic positions when sitting and standing. We exercise the spine through gentle movements with less co-contraccions, better balance, more freedom, and lightness.

We use positions that have a mechanical advantage, more ergonomic, to deal with the pull of the force of gravity. Because sitting in a chair is an activity that we practice everyday, both as a resting position and as an active position when we do other things, you can put into practice what you learn from the first lesson.

WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?
Comfortable clothes when possible, and please bring extra socks.

HOW MANY LESSONS?
You don’t need to commit to any number of lessons. It is recommended a minimum of 20 lessons, but it is up to you. People enjoy having lessons for years because they keep learning and improving. It depends on their own goals.

HOW OFTEN?
It is recommended when possible to have three lessons per week the first two months, and then reduce it to one per week. As people are normally very busy even with just one lesson per week has an steady improvement in the student. Less than that it is also worth it.

Private lessons

One-to-one lessons is the best way to learn, no matter what your level is or how much experience you have.

Workshops

Introductory workshops can be provided either for the general public or for specific groups: musicians, actors, singers, etc.

Groups

Small groups of two or three people are available for trainees and teachers that want to practice hands-on work.

House calls

Only as an exception, when someone has serious mobility problems can be arranged.

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My Approach

In my lessons I try to provide a relaxed and safe environment where is easy to learn, but without loosing the concentration.

Because we are dealing with changes of something that is deeply ingrained in us, our postural and movement habits, it is effective that the student comes into contact with the unfamiliar new way of use in a calm state of mind.

We focus on the little steps that secure our goal in the activity at hand instead of going blindly to do the instruction. We will practice good experiences of movement and posture from the beginning.

Once you have that experience you will have the option to practice what you’ve learnt in your daily activities.

The Carrington Tradition

FM Alexander giving a lesson
FM ALEXANDER teaching

 

My teaching is in the tradition of F.M. Alexander’s teacher training course (1931-1955), which was continued by Walter Carrington and others (Peggy Williams and Irene Stewart) when F.M. died in 1955, and the school was named Constructive Teaching Centre in 1960. Walter Carrington was qualified in 1939 and continue to work at FM’s school until 1955. I trained in that school and all the remarkable teachers that has had an impact on my teaching came from that school directly or indirectly: Andrea Beesley, Simon Fitzgibbon, John Brown, Ruth Murray, Alan Philps, Beryl Tollady, Paul Burge, Joe Searby, Gloria Pullan, and Thomas Pope among others.

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Pricing

Private lessons

$50

Per lesson

  • Duration: 30 mins
Concession

$30

Per lesson

  • Students
  • Seniors 65+
  • DSP
Groups

$25

Per lesson

  • Groups 3 people
  • Duration: 45 mins
Lessons Pack

$450

Per 10 lessons

  • 10 lessons paid in advance
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Get in Touch

Book a lesson or ask for more information.

Open Mondays to Saturdays. Flexible hours.

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MAT Studio's Address

In Liberty Grove, between Concord West and Rhodes train stations.

1/1 Frazier Close, Liberty Grove, NSW, 2138


0411 449 280