Being three years of my life next to Paul and Tessa in their training course was the best personal experience that I had in my own education and personal development. They created a space where the students and teachers could constantly grow and develop naturally at their own pace.
What I learned from them had an immense influence in my approach to my work as a musician feeling healthier in mind-body and more secure to express myself.
We were always supported by them, and challenged in our psychophysical experience. I recognise the truth of their teaching in my daily life since I can always think about it, apply it to whatever I am doing, share it with students or colleagues and find an expanding quality of my being.
When I think about the years that I spend with them on the training course, these words come to my mind: Generosity, Balance, Poise, Stillness, Movement, Joy, Constant, Friendship, Human, Wisdom, Art.
Thank you Paul and Tessa!
Eduard Marcet, violinist & Suzuki teacher (Barcelona, Spain) eduardmarcet.com
I studied at ATCA between 2012 - 2015 and learned so much in these 3 years! As (baroque) violinist I received private Alexander lessons for 10 years, but in the teacher training everything goes much deeper. It was an intensive time that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss for the world. Especially the warm personal approach by Paul and Tessa and the contact with all international students made it a rich experience.
After graduating I immediately started my own private practice ‘Free-up’ in Haarlem, specialized in musicians. From the start this has been a flourishing practice with 15 - 20 students weekly. I love teaching and use every day what I learned at ATCA. Students often stay with me for years. Last year I got a little son. During my pregnancy and during the child birth I heard the soft teachings from Paul and Tessa in my head, which was an enormous support in having a problem free pregnancy and birth. The power of the Technique and the quality of Paul and Tessa became so clear to me once more. I would recommend the teacher training at ATCA to everyone. It is an investment in the rest of your life and a unique opportunity to practice a wonderful profession later on.
Esther Visser, Baroque violinist, guest teacher at Conservatory of Rotterdam and The Hague (Haarlem, Netherlands) free-up.nl
Something changed dramatically when I met Paul and Tessa and took AT lessons.
It was a life change. Not in the sense of ‘and they lived happily ever after’, like in fairy tales ‘all’s well that ends well’, but I gradually began to understand that I was getting a lifelong tool to explore how to use myself constructively in my daily life. To notice moment by moment when I am using too much pressure whether it is physical, mental or emotional. The journey did not stop after the training, but continued. AT gives me a choice. When there is a downward pull physically, mentally or emotionally to stop and wait and examine, how I can support myself in that situation and how I can direct myself in such a way that it has, or can have a positive outcome for me, my beloved ones, the students, the people I meet. I can only wish that others may also benefit from this work.
Hildegarde De Baets, AT & Mindfulness teacher (Amsterdam, Netherlands) fmalexandertechniek.nl
If you are ready to bring yourself and your life to a whole new level of consciousness, go and study with Master teachers Paul and Tessa!
They are the best and complement each other with the highest professional qualities, life-long dedication to the work, a thorough/grounded approach, and deeply generous, warm and loving qualities. This training is a life changer for good.
Anna Schweizer, cellist (Vienna, Austria) alexandering.at
My experience in ATCA with learning to teach the Alexander Technique with Paul and Tessa was very joyful.
Firstly, the process of deepening the AT itself and how to teach. Secondly, their personal approach with the development of subtle indirect procedures and the so called ‘games’, by which the understanding of the AT is based on experience and sharing in such a warm space.
I can only be appreciative to them and all my colleagues.
I recommend anyone interested in learning ‘how to teach’ to visit them and experience their charisma.
Enrique Ribes, Surfer & AT teacher (Valencia, Spain) elartedelaaccion.es
Participating in the ATCA training course was the best decision I ever made in my life.
Tessa and Paul are friendly, wise, patient, and experienced teachers.
The AT changed my attitude in my work (professional choral singer) and in my private life.
It made me more calm and collected in stressful situations.
I learned how to be more true to myself , and to meet others in a free and positive way.
I discovered the value and warmth of learning in a group.
Marga Melerna, professional singer and teacher (Hilversum, Netherlands) margamelerna.nl
I graduated with Tessa and Paul in ATCA in 2004. Before joining the training, I was full of doubts. I knew the AT was for me, but I was not sure I wanted to teach it to others professionally. Once I had made my commitment and stepped in, all sorts of unexpected possibilities opened, even financial ones. Actually, I never looked back.
When I graduated, I took 2 things with me.
The first 'security', a feeling deep in my bones ‘I know what I am doing’.
The second one was a bit more pragmatic but very important for setting up a professional practice ‘How much should I charge’. Having decided I have never worked for less.
The training gave a framework for expansive understanding built up of small steps. This has supported me along my professional career. Very soon when I had moved to a different country & I was on my own. I never doubted about the value that I was giving to others. I had security.
Of course, I trained myself in all sorts of extra things - neuroscience, anatomy, communication marketing, all sorts of skills that come along the way but having a base, that 'security', is very important. In all these years I have taught the AT in my private practice, to individuals, at universities, in high performance trainings, in companies - all very different contexts, very different people but if I had doubts about my course or how to approach something, I have that secure base of the Alexander Process.
So if you are considering to train I will encourage you from the bottom of my heart to visit Tessa & Paul to have an experience of the training and to make up your body & then to make up your mind. I am sure you will know. I wish you all the best with love,
Maria de Marcos, AT Teacher & Coach (Madrid, Spain) mariademarcos.com
One of the best decisions taken in my life was spending a year in a convent; the second one, training at ATCA with Paul and Tessa. Both experiences changed my life a great amount for better.
The training made me grow bigger, not only physically but also mentally. Having being part of Tessa's and Paul's school, who have and extremely accurate way of transmitting the technique and enriching it with their extraordinary capacity for applying it into movement in a very creative way, makes me feel nothing but gratitude. To immerse yourself into a 3 years journey with the best guides is one of the best gifts you can offer yourself
Several of my students, who were inspired by the work I learned at ATCA, have also trained as Alexander Technique teachers in the same school as I did. In my eyes this confirms the high quality of the training.
Belen Cobos, AT Teacher (Granada, Spain) tecnicaalexander.es
I am deeply grateful to Paul & Tessa. The training course brought calm and ease to my whole self. It taught me just what I needed to learn: how to work on myself. There is time and choice, here and now, at every moment.
The most constructive experience. Even years later the process keeps growing and embracing more aspects of my life. Looking forward to seeing them again, next time with my own students who want to know what’s all about!
Germana Gomez, AT Teacher at Malaga Conservatory, Violinist (Malaga, Spain) germanagomez.com
In 2010 I graduated at ATCA, I did the course in 3 and a half years and it was an intensive course which I wouldn’t have missed for the world.
I’ve got the tools to work on myself, also when I’ve got a small injury, I’m able to solve it. Now I teach other students and musicians.
Elsie Reiziger, AT & saxophone teacher (Hilversum, Netherlands)
20 years after my graduation, no doubt to think on how important has been my training with you both. I was looking for my stability for myself and my sound; thanks to a tendinite I stopped and I observed that I was not free while playing. My mind was not releasing.
Full immersion during 3 years, the bike, the north, the wind…
All surrounded by your dedication, your truth, your will, your tempo…
Since 2002 I´m so happy to spread the AT tools for musicians in Spain. So special to help players, singers and directors. So special to learn, to share sound/thoughts on our well being... with creative people.
At Musikene, the High Music School of Basque Country, the AT is offered to students as an optative matiere in 2 years: AT I , AT II; the AT is included in the Jazz Master as well, offering tools for the improvisation.
As musician, my sound and my bellow control as accordion player has completely changed giving me a new approach to the bellow direction and balance.
Ana Landa, AT Teacher & Musician (San Sebastian, Spain) musikene.eus
After my first lesson about 14 years ago in Argentina I read about FM Alexander and I got amazed by his technique and I wanted to learn more. Once here in The Netherlands, I followed the training with Paul and Tessa. The learning process was an amazing journey , I’ve learnt about myself, my habitual use, how to stop and change habits of movement and to make new choices; as well how to teach this wonderful technique to others.
I'm a physical therapist and since I've followed this training my understanding of the body-mind connection got a different dimension, it turned more real and not just a word. Now I have the possibility to understand my patients in a different way. I think that every physical therapist should take Alexander Technique lessons.
Debora Craig, AT Teacher & Physical Therapist (The Hague, Netherlands) reeducateyourbody.com