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Ali Crawford, BSc MBRCP - Tai Chi and Alexander Technique in and around Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Ipswich and Felixstowe, Suffolk


I was born in Hertfordshire in 1957 and lived there until I went to Bristol University, graduating with a degree in Psychology in 1978.

 

I then spent a year volunteering with the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) - now called Garden Organic - honing my organic gardening skills and interest - a passion that I have continued to this day.

 

In my twenties I lived for three years on a kibbutz in Israel and from there found my way to Tel Aviv where I taught at the new English Language school at the British Council for a further three years.  

 

It was during this time in 1984, that I met my first Tai Chi teacher Nitzan Michaels and was instantly hooked by this extraordinary way of learning about myself.  Without understanding very much about Tai Chi at all, classes somehow made sense and became a vital way of anchoring and centring myself in a foreign city and a chaotic new environment.  

 

At almost the same time I came across the Alexander Technique: lessons gave me the experience of moving and thinking in different ways, which closely mirrored the revelations of Tai Chi.  

 

On return to the UK in 1987, I signed up immediately to train to become an Alexander Technique Teacher and studied with Dick and Elisabeth Walker in Oxford for three years, qualifying in 1990.  I also began learning the Yang Style long form Tai Chi (as taught by Gerda Geddes) with Edith Holt.  

 

Seemingly miraculously, a few months into my studies I changed shape!  Having lived with asthma since very early childhood, my shoulders now no longer lived round my ears and my rib cage started to move freely as I learned to breathe!  I reduced the use of my inhaler and have not needed to use it for more than 15 years.

 

I started an apprenticeship training with Edith Holt and Gerda Geddes to teach Tai Chi, and began my own teaching career in 1993 - and have loved teaching Tai Chi ever since.

 

I am a member of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (MBRCP)