FAQs 2018-03-01T16:40:09+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some frequently asked questions:

When and where are group mindfulness sessions held? 2018-02-21T09:44:14+00:00

Please check on the Mind-Body-Awareness website ‘Courses’ pages for dates and venues

Where are Alexander Technique courses for groups held? 2018-02-21T09:43:16+00:00

Please check on the Mind-Body-Awareness website ‘Courses‘ pages for dates and venues

Where are one-to-one lessons held? 2018-02-21T09:42:33+00:00

One-to-one lessons are held at Cheshire Lasers, The Acorns, Wheelock Street Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AE. The Alexander Technique and Mindfulness room is located on the first floor at the top of the stairs on the right.

See this google map for directions.

Can I book directly through Cheshire Lasers reception? 2018-02-21T09:41:37+00:00

Yes. The clinic telephone number is 01606 841255, please ask for an appointment with Wendy Broad for either Mindfulness or Alexander Technique lessons. The initial appointment is called a consultation and assessment.

When are lessons available at Cheshire Lasers? 2018-02-21T09:40:54+00:00

Wednesdays: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Thursdays: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Fridays: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Saturdays: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Is there car parking at Cheshire Lasers? 2018-02-21T09:40:20+00:00

Yes. There is a car park at the rear. The entrance into the car park is on the left immediately after passing the front entrance of the building. You are welcome to use the rear access door. Reception is located at the front of the building.

Are there disabled facilities? 2018-02-21T09:37:54+00:00

Yes. The rear entrance is suitable for disabled access. There is also a toilet designed for disabled use opposite the rear door. The Alexander Technique room is located on the first floor, so please let Wendy know if you prefer a downstairs room. All 5 of the treatment rooms downstairs have disabled access.

How many lessons will I need and how often? 2018-02-21T09:37:28+00:00

Alexander Technique

A course of six Alexander Technique lessons are recommended to gain a basic understanding of the technique. For long term medical conditions 20-30 lessons may be needed.

Alexander Technique lessons are best spaced about 1 week apart for the first 6 weeks. After that you can assess how frequently you come for lessons based on your needs. To gain the most benefit, you’ll be asked to undertake home practice for 15-20 minutes each day for the duration of the course of lessons.

Mindfulness

An 8-session course is recommended with lessons spaced at either weekly or two weekly intervals. To gain the most benefit, you’ll be asked to undertake home practice for 15-20 minutes each day for the duration of the course.

How long is a lesson? 2018-02-21T09:37:00+00:00

Alexander Technique Lessons

The first lesson includes a medical consultation and takes 75 minutes. A standard Alexander Technique lesson is 60 minutes. Short 30 minute lessons are also available.

Mindfulness Lessons

The first lesson includes a health consultation and takes 75 minutes. Mindfulness lessons last for 60 minutes and include time for 2 mindfulness practices and reflection.

How much do lessons cost? 2018-02-21T09:36:11+00:00

Both Alexander Technique lessons and Mindfulness lessons cost the same price:

Initial Consultation and Assessment

£40 for a 75-minute session

Standard lessons

£40 for a 60-minute lesson
£30 for a 30-minute lesson (only available for Alexander Technique lessons)

What payment methods are acceptable? 2018-02-21T09:35:37+00:00

Please make your payment by cash or card. Cash is preferred. Cheques are not accepted.

What do I need to consider before starting a course of lessons? 2018-02-21T09:35:18+00:00

The Alexander Technique and Mindfulness-based approaches are not a quick fix. They require a daily commitment and an openness to new ways of thinking. However, if you bring the learning into your everyday activities, the benefits can be maintained for life not just for a few days or weeks after a session.

If you experience pain or discomfort during a session, please let Wendy know and she can adapt the session accordingly. Both the Alexander Technique and Mindfulness-based approaches encourage you to look after yourself as best as you can and only do what feels right for your body.

Please note that neither the Alexander Technique or Mindfulness are therapies. You’ll be actively engaged in a learning process over a number of weeks. Teachers do not give medical diagnoses. If you have any health concerns it is important that you discuss these with your GP.

What is the cancellation policy? 2018-02-21T09:34:53+00:00

Wendy has a 24-hour Cancellation Policy. Please allow at least 24 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling of appointments, otherwise the full session fee will be charged. If you need to cancel, please text or phone Wendy or phone the clinic. Thank you for your understanding.

Wendy’s Mobile number: 07795 243346  
Clinic telephone number: 01606 841255

What if I arrive late? 2018-02-21T09:34:12+00:00

Please try and arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment. This allows you to unwind and to fill out any consultation forms if required.

If you are going to be late, please phone us to let us know as it may be better to reschedule your appointment. If you are late for your appointment your lesson may still need to finish at the allocated time so may have to be shortened or cancelled.

Wendy’s Mobile number: 07795 243346
Clinic telephone number: 01606 841255

What is the origin of the Alexander Technique? 2018-03-16T10:26:02+00:00

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor, who developed persistent laryngitis, which affected his ability to perform. As Doctors were unable to help him, he took it upon himself to discover the cause of his problem, suspecting that it was linked to something he was doing when on stage. Alexander used mirrors to observe himself when speaking and eventually realised that the way he used his body was a key part of his problem.

He noticed that the relationship between his head, neck and back was particularly important in resolving his problems. Furthermore, he came to recognise that by pausing before his automatic habits kicked in and using his thoughts to influence his movements, he could prevent himself from using his body in a habitually unhelpful way and the problem resolved itself. The Alexander Technique was born.

What is the origin of the secular mindfulness courses? 2018-02-21T09:33:16+00:00

The secular mindfulness courses integrate Buddhist psychology and meditation practices with Yoga and Qigong- type of mindful movement. These courses include teaching on evolutionary biology, the physiology of stress, interpersonal mindfulness and mindfulness in daily life. Breathworks courses also include positive psychology and compassion-based meditations.

John Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course back in the late 1980s. These 8-week courses have a clinical orientation and were originally developed to support people with unresolved chronic medical conditions. The MBSR course has been adapted for people suffering from mental health conditions and these courses are accessible through the IAPT services.

Vidyamala Burch is the founder of the Breathworks mindfulness programmes. These courses integrate mindfulness with compassion-based practices. After Vidyamala suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, leaving her in constant pain, she decided to develop a mindfulness course to support others with pain and illness. This is now known as the Mindfulness for health course. Breathworks also offers an 8-week Mindfulness for stress courses to help people manage everyday stress and busyness. The courses that I offer are based on the Breathworks programmes.