Frances Butt

Over the years I have worked in film production, screen composition, songwriting and performing.  In my forties I developed arthritis and needed a hip replacement.  A friend urged me to try the Alexander Technique.  I was so impressed after lessons with Simon Gore and an ITM Summer Workshop that I signed up to train as a teacher with Don Weed D.C.

The transformations I have experienced and continue to experience in myself, and those I frequently witness in other people, are truly amazing.  These days, my arthritis is often not taken seriously by doctors because I move ‘too well’ - a mixed blessing, but I'll take that!  I have more energy; I certainly move better than I did ten years ago; and I no longer get the regular cricks in the neck that I used to.  More, even, than this, my thinking is more measured and well-directed, and I enjoy greater confidence in my own powers of reasoning and judgment than I ever did before.

I have a particular interest in studying the ratio of (any given) ‘condition’ to ‘response to condition’.  When circumstances are challenging or difficult, the Alexander Technique offers a mighty arsenal of mental tools and skills; so my admiration, wonder and passion for this work just keeps on expanding.

I am happily married to Bill and have two wonderful grown-up children.  I still enjoy writing and making music, and I love gardening.

From my very first lesson Frances made me feel at ease. She articulates Alexander’s practices with real clarity, and has helped me to develop awareness of my 'bad habits'. As a result of her teaching there has been a distinct improvement in my singing tone and range.

Paul L, actor

I feel like I have got so much out of the lessons I have had with Frances and I'm convinced that part of that is because they have given me enough to think about without overwhelming me.

Tracy, Teacher