Pain & Stress Management: Alexander Technique with Tara Bentall

Pain & Stress Management: Alexander Technique with Tara Bentall


Interesting video showing breathing in action. Thank you Adrian Ward

Manage pain so you can achieve your goals. Energy and motivation boost, based on cutting edge neuroscience. Reduce the strain that perpetuates pain.

I'd love to hear from you with any questions at all by PM or phone. Tara Book a free one hour session to see if we are a good fit, no obligation. I will use this time to explain the principles that I work on and to hear about your situation to see if I can help. I'd be really happy to hear from you with any questions you may have. Best wishes,

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Is pain or stress affecting your quality of life?
Do you know what you need to do to help yourself but struggle to stay motivated to do it?
Do you worry about what the future might hold?
Do you have unresolved issues bothering you from the past?
I can help you work out how to cope better with life's challenges so you can feel happier, calmer and more in control.
Please call 07530 959 897 for a free initial consultation or to find out more.

Is pain or stress affecting your quality of life?
Do you know what you need to do to help yourself but struggle to stay motivated to do it?
Do you worry about what the future might hold?
Do you have unresolved issues bothering you from the past?
I can help you work out how to cope better with life's challenges so you can feel happier, calmer and more in control.
Please call 07530 959 897 for a free initial consultation or to find out more.

Stress management: Examine your stress reaction 22/04/2021

Stress management: Examine your stress reaction

I enjoyed this straight forward description of some simple stress management techniques that anyone can use. Things like seeing friends or doing an activity you enjoy may seem like common sense ways of cheering yourself up, but they are also well backed by neuroscience as effective ways of changing your brain chemistry. These types of activities increase serotonin production which is known to both reduce pain and improve brain function increasing our ability to make the best choices for our own well-being.

Stress management: Examine your stress reaction Stress management: Identify unhealthy coping methods and adopt new ones.

Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health 24/01/2021

Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health

I'm so looking forward to being able to work 'hands on' with my clients again. Hypnotherapy via zoom is proving hugely successful and helpful for the people that I'm working with but I do miss the gentle touch of Alexander Technique. Sending a virtual hand on the neck and back to anyone who's missing it.

Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health Humans are designed to touch and be touched – which is why so many who live on their own have suffered during the pandemic. Will we ever fully recover?


Hi all, I have opened my books again for more hypnotherapy clients - still FREE for now! I'm particularly looking for those with anxiety and depression who really want to break out of it. Unlimited free session's on zoom. Please share if you feel you can as ideally I am looking for people who I don't know. Many thanks and best wishes for the New Year.

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - Finding your ‘happy’ this Christmas 18/12/2020

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - Finding your ‘happy’ this Christmas

Nice article about how we can make the most of Christmas this year and any year! #solutionfocused #hypnotherapy #selfcare

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - Finding your ‘happy’ this Christmas Written by Katherine Finn I appreciate that even for those of us who usually look forward to the festive season, 2020 continues to challenge us – requiring us to compromise and adapt our hoped-for plans. But does this mean we are also forced to lower our expectations and restrict our opportunities...


Wonderful advice to live by

This 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home yesterday. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;

I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less, & enjoy every moment.

Photograph by Karsten Thormaehlen 05/08/2020

Antidepressants not ibuprofen for chronic pain

NICE guidelines change in move away from prescription drugs for chronic pain to alternative therapies. I'm really pleased as I have repeatedly seen how ineffective drugs and traditional chronic pain management often are. An approach that looks at each person as an individual with a unique set of contributors to pain and addresses these is the way forward. #painmanagement #painmanagementsolutions
#chronicpain #chronicillness #stress #fitness Guidelines recommends not using common painkillers for long-term pain

03/07/2020 24/05/2020

Study Summary: Lighten Up! Trying Hard to “Stand Up Straight” May Interfere with Balance – Alexander Technique Science

Ever wondered why you find it hard to balance on one leg while others find it easy? Turns out the harder you try the more likely you are to set yourself up for falling. This well run study shows that using simple ideas about posture and balance that involve reducing effort and changing your thinking can significantly affect your performance.

#HealthyAtHome #balancedlife #balance #performance #stressmanagement Study Summary: Lighten Up! Trying Hard to “Stand Up Straight” May Interfere with Balance By Andrew McCannPosted on March 24, 2020March 24, 2020Posted in AT & Health, PostureNo Comments on Study Summary: Lighten Up! Trying Hard to “Stand Up Straight” May Interfere with Balance New research ex... 24/05/2020

Mental Health Awareness Week — Alexander Technique in Lewes

Could Alexander Technique be helpful for you?
#HealthyAtHome #coronavirus #coronavirus2020 #TogetherAtHome #stayhome Anyone can be affected by mental health issues … … and it seems the challenges of 2020 are likely to cause or exacerbate all sorts of problems, from lack of income to relationship issues. There’s lots of information on the Mental Health Foundation website . But how can Alexander Technique help...


Tia (my 6 year old daughter) begged me today to just lie down for a minute in the field. I was rushing between jobs and goals and she absolutely insisted that we just lie in the field together in the sun. So under protest I stopped for 10 minutes. We lay together in the grass and I felt the ground solid underneath me. She put daisies in my eyes and we lay together. It was a magical reminder of how important it is to take a bit of time out and be really present with yourself and your loved ones. Thank you Tia for this beautiful time.

#grateful #homeschool #grounding #presence #love #timeout #AlexanderTechnique


Thank you to everyone who made this such a warm and fun event. X###xx


Happy Valentine's all ######x

#hanggliding #valentines #flowers #roses 10/01/2020

Pain is Weird: A Volatile, Misleading Sensation

A great article on pain caused and management. Alexander technique helps the person to feel safer and in less danger, to move more easily and happily, to have a different sensation of their body and reduce stress and anxiety. This article goes some way to explaining why that helps with a person's experience of pain. Modern pain science shows that pain is an unpredictable sensation thoroughly tuned by the brain and not as closely related to tissue trouble as most people assume. So can we think pain away? Probably not, but we may be able to influence it.


Here's a reminder to all with the know how - don't forget to active rest through the holidays. Easy to forget it with the change of routine bit amazing how much even 10 minutes helps to reset. I find it makes me happier, more comfortable and to get on better with my family. I hope you enjoy a genuine 10 minute break.☃️
#alexandertechnique #activerest #mindfulness #balance #selfcare #haveabreak


Great advice for anyone at anytime but especially over the festive season.


Would it help you to switch your pillow height? Let me know if you are thinking of trying it or if it works for you.
Find out more here: 17/12/2019

How many pillows should you sleep with? Do you have rounded shoulders (kyphosis) or a slouched posture? Do you have a forward head posture? Do you also have too many pillows when you sleep?


What do you think? Is it a good idea?

#ExerciseAdvent Day 16: Penguin Practice Falls

Falls aren’t only for stunt doubles; they’re a movement you can practice and perfect over time. And one benefit to having so many soft and squishy parts of our home is that we’ve got so many safe places to land!

On Elliot Royce:
“Royce, who is about six weeks shy of turning 96, falls on purpose at least five times every morning. “It’s part of my morning routine,” he said. “Just like shaving and brushing my teeth. I pull my air mattress out of the closet and practice safe falls.”

Here’s your advent: Onto your mattress or pad (I sleep on the floor, so I’m using a stack of my bedding), practice Royce’s technique:

“As you start to fall, bend your knees in the direction you are falling and twist at the waist, turning your shoulders away from the fall. That will change the point of impact. Instead of one spot on your hip taking the entire brunt of the fall, the force will be spread out along the length of your leg, thigh and pelvis. When you hit the ground, roll to further dissipate the force of the impact…[S]tart from your knees until comfortable with the ‘roll’ part of the procedure.”

Read more here: #moveyourdna #dynamicaging


I'm so excited to be more actively engaging with FB. What a wealth of information there is in here. Only problem is my book wish list just keeps getting longer! 😊


Does Alexander Technique make you grow taller?

The short answer is "YES", surprisingly, it can. Alexander Technique helps you to let go of excess tension that can build up unnoticed in the whole of your muscular suit. The reason we don't notice this tension is that it is always there, it is a long term habit. For example, you may have a habit of clenching your jaw, or pushing your tongue onto the roof of your mouth, or tightening the muscles around your eyes. Take a little bit of time now and let go of some the tension in these areas.


Did you feel it let go? Did you feel the tension before you read this and let it go? Probably not. By raising your awareness of tension holding patterns you can let go of them and decrease the muscular tension throughout the whole of your body. This includes your neck, back, stomach, chest and legs. When this tension releases your whole body expands and decompresses. It lengthens upwards.
This is how you can grow taller, sometimes by inches in minutes!

#growtaller #AlexanderTechnique #painmanagement #backpain #lowerbackpain #anxiety #posture 06/12/2019

Why am I Apologizing?

A really interesting article that highlights how changing our physical habits can have a profound emotional and social effect. I sat down to wait and crossed my legs. And crossed my arms. And slumped over in my chair. Basically I made myself as small as possible.


The sunlight shining through these wintry branches appearing to grow out from this ancient flint wall remind me of how we can all let ourselves grow up into the light even on the coldest days. The strong base of stone reminds me that we are all present in gravity permanently grounded, except for brief moments of flight. There is no need to pull yourself up against gravity, let yourself release into it and your natural balance, like the trees, will let you grow.
#pain management #grounded #alexander technique #freemovement


How mobile are your ribs? Are you accidentally restricting your breathing with excess tension? Ribs move up and out on an in-breath; Do yours? Are you allowing the movement to take place through your whole rib cage, including your back? It's amazing how much better you can feel with more oxygen👍😀

#wellbeing #alexander technique #breathe #happy #brighton


Pain & Stress Management: Alexander Technique with Tara Bentall


What do you do when something is tricky? I notice the stimulus that makes me want to tighten up. Then take a moment to let go excess tension, especially around my neck, jaw and face. This is really helpful to me partcularly when I can't see as it's so tempting to strain to try to see, to pull toward what I am attempting to do but instead I notice the space between me and the challenge and let that space expand. This opens up my vision and let's the whole thing work more easily. Try this: open out your vision to include the peripherals of the space you are in. Up, down and to the sides. Unclench your jaw and ask your neck to release your head upwards towards the sky. How do you feel? Let me know ...

#mindfulness #blindness #wellbeing #pain #lifehack


I've been thinking about how we carry and support ourselves as usual! We have various body parts that stack up one on top of the other somewhat like any building or structure and that might be a useful way of thinking: to maintain good posture and balance we want our heads roughly aligned above our feet. The problem with this way of thinking is that it does not allow for free movement. What happens when we want to bend over, look down, reach for something, walk or generally live our lives? So I started thinking about our cellular structure. Our bones, muscles, connective tissue, blood, etc. All of our body parts are more or less made of water globules bound by thin membranes with a very small amount of material suspended inside. I love to think of myself as this fluid suspension, electrically animated and living structure. I feel lively and flexible within myself. It is not hard to see that posture is a moving, living, breathing process and not simply a case of stacking body parts accurately on top of each other.
#posture #wellness #breathe #movement #health 25/11/2019

I try to address this on a personal basis by looking at my own habits and behaviours and making a conscious choice to address these as far as I can in my lifetime. I consider my work political in this way. Definitely a work in progress but I relish change even though it is sometimes confronting to myself. I'm hoping I can inch a little bit in the right direction for myself and the generations to follow. There are so many ways to look at our internal mechanisms of choice. What systems do you use?


Easy unhelpful habits to notice Part 2: Tension in the eyes, forehead and cheeks. It is very easy when we are looking at something or concentrating to become ultra focused on the thing we are looking at. We lose sight of where we are and what we are doing with the rest of our self. How we are sitting, are we supporting ourselves well or have we collapsed or tightened up in our musculature? Take a moment to stop and reconsider how you are going about the activity you are doing. It can be really helpful to deliberately open the vision up to include the peripherals, that is to notice the sides of the space you are in and what is above and below you. Notice that there is space between you and whatever it is you are looking at and that you need not pull towards your activity but allow this space to expand. Have you drawn your forehead into a frown, squinted up your eyes, tightened the muscles of your cheeks? When you get your overall coordination working well these tendencies become less likely. Find a good Alexander Technique teacher to show you how to do any activity in a well coordinated way to make everything you do that much easier.
#alexandertechnique #brightonandhove #backpain #mindfulness #chronicpain #easylife #portslade #lifeskills #horseriding #iamadaptive #mindfulmovement #movement #meditation


Last chance to book for a great workshop tomorrow. Set yourself up for an amazing meditation experience with plenty of tools to calm the nervous system and bring yourself to better balanced posture. Ease tension, aches and find more quiet within yourself than you could beleive possible. Workshop this Tuesday at 6pm £25

My Story

I have finally succumbed and decided to engage with my Facebook profile so here is a little bit of my back story:

In my final year of Uni doing an Equine Studies degree (yes - horses) I was diagnosed with PXE: a rare inherited disorder with a variety of possible health outcomes, including blindness, cardiovascular problems including heart attacks and painful leg and arm cramps, brain bleeds, and gastro intestinal bleeding. As a part of this I was told not to lift heavy weight (nothing bigger than a bag and a half of shopping), not to bang my head (great for a horse rider), to have kids before 30 years old and not to eat too much cheese! As you can imagine I was blown away. I could no longer continue with my obsessive passion and career with horses, was likely to go blind and had better get a scootch on if I ever wanted kids.

I had been in a long term relationship for 7 years which was already rocky that then fell apart.

I decided to travel the country and visit friends and get drunk and disorderly.

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I use Alexander Technique to help you learn how to unwind tension and strain so you can carry your body with greater ease and efficiency.
I use Hypnotherapy to help you make any necessary lifestyle changes and to decrease stress.
By using the latest understanding about pain from neurosciences, including Pain Gate Theory and reducing your cortisol and stress response we can positively affect your pain levels, often alleviating pain altogether. Where this is not possible you will learn tools you can use to self manage pain and improve your quality of life.



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