Erica Donnison MSc, BSc, MSTAT, TTEAM Practitioner 1, MBTI® Practitioner, Qualified Pose Running Coach and Run England Leader in Running Fitness

I am a teaching member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), a qualified Practitioner level 1 of the Tellington TTouch Training for Horses (TTEAM), and am qualified to administer and give feedback on the MBTI® personality type questionnaire. I hold professional indemnity insurance for all aspects of my work. These areas of work enable me to bring all my interests together into one package!

Equine TTouch Training, Alexander Technique, Kendal, Cumbria pose running, kendal, cumbria improve posture, back pain, lengthen spine

I discovered the Alexander Technique when it was recommended to me to sort out a chronic back pain, and I liked it so much and it was so effective that I decided to train as a teacher. I qualified from the Fellside Alexander School in Kendal, Cumbria in July 2004. I have found the Technique to be very helpful in my leisure activities such as running, cycling, horse riding and badminton. As a result of this, I am particularly interested to work with people who do sports and horse riding to help them achieve more in their sport or simply to get more enjoyment out of movement.

My interest in horses goes back a very long way, including working on a stud during my gap year before my first degree. Riding was more sporadic as I moved around for my career, but once I qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher, I knew I wanted to include some work with horses in my portfolio. I chose TTouch Training (the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method) as it fits with my way of dealing with horses. TTouch Training for Horses practitioner training takes at least two years. To reach level 1, I attended six week-long intensive courses and completed 15 case studies which were submitted and assessed. The final course was in Canada at the Icelandic Horse Farm owned by Robyn Hood, Linda Tellington-Jones’ sister, which was a fantastic experience!

I discovered the MBTI® many years ago when it helped me understand myself a whole lot better. In particular, it helped me realise how people in my workplace were different from one another and how that made things so much more interesting!
I decided to become qualified partly to help me in my Alexander Technique teaching and partly to enable me to work with people on a one-to-one basis using the questionnaire. In my AT work, it helps me to adapt my teaching to each individual to help them get the most from their lessons with me. On a one-to-one level, the questionnaire and the feedback session is a very effective way to help people as individuals, either to work through a particular problem in their lives which relates to their personality type, such as relationships at work or at home, or to provide clients with more information about themselves just out of interest.

The running aspect of my work is the latest addition to my portfolio. I combine my Alexander Technique skills with the science of the Pose Running method to help people run with more ease and poise. It has helped me to run with much less effort and be able to complete a marathon and several half marathons; something I would never have been able to do before I changed the way I run.