Wendy Broad (PhD, PGCert, MSTAT) is the founder of Mind-Body-Awareness. She is a STAT qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and mindfulness teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness-based approaches from Bangor University. Wendy has been practising mind-body awareness techniques on a daily basis for 19 years. She is also a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) accredited practitioner with specialist training skills in stress management and building resilience in the workplace. Wendy adheres to the UK Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.
My personal journey
I spent 12-years working in industry as a scientist and understand the physical and mental challenges facing people who spend time in a stressful job, travelling overseas and sitting at a desk or computer for many hours a day.
After suffering a minor head injury in a riding accident, followed by chronic fatigue syndrome, I left my role as a research scientist. Over the next 7-years, I gradually learned how to manage daily fatigue by pacing myself and taking greater care of my body and mind.
During this time, I explored a wide range of approaches to mind-body awareness, including Feldenkrais, Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga as well as the Alexander Technique. I feel that these experiences made a significant difference to my health and also contribute to my unique way of working today.
Initially, I started Alexander Technique lessons to improve my posture for horse-riding. However, I soon began to realise that it offered a lot more, enabling me to develop mind-body awareness, which was also the key to my health and wellbeing. My learning fuelled a desire to help others facing personal challenges and I began training to teach the Alexander Technique.
While training, I started to recognise the benefits of learning to let go of my habits to ‘hurry up’ and ‘try hard’. As I developed an understanding that we don’t have to live our life on autopilot, we can pause and choose what happens next, I started to move forward. I learned to let go of unhelpful patterns of muscular tension in my body and regained a sense of ease of movement. The pain and stiffness in my joints started to disappear and my vitality returned.
More recently, at a very stressful time in my life, I discovered mindfulness. This brought a new dimension to my experiences, as I learned about the impact of our thoughts, feelings and emotions on our health and well-being. I now use both the Alexander Technique and mindfulness-based approaches in my daily life. I am generally free of symptoms and am passionate about helping others to discover new ways to live a healthy and satisfying life.
Wendy’s Qualifications, Experience and Memberships
- Mental Health First Aid Training, CMRP, Bangor (2018)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bangor University (2014-2017)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) specialist teacher training (2015)
- Level 1 Training to Teach Mindfulness-Based Courses, CMRP, Bangor (2015)
- Training the Trainers Certificate, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (2009)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner accreditation, OPP (2009)
- Eutokia accreditation to teach the Alexander Technique for pregnancy and childbirth (2003)
- Alexander Technique teacher training and accreditation, Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), (2000-2003)
- Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate, City and Guilds (1992)
- BSc (Hons) and PhD, University of Liverpool (1982-1988)
- Member of STAT (MSTAT)
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) register for Alexander Technique teachers