Nicola Hanefeld August 2016
My name is Nicola Hanefeld, I am English but I live in Freiburg, Germany, in the Black Forest.
I was born in 1958 in Ealing, London, UK.
1976 - 1979 Combined Honours degree Botany/Zoology. University of Reading, England.
1981 migration to Freiburg, Germany.
1980 - 1982 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, London University.

1986 - 1989 Alexander Technique teaching training with Yehuda Kupermann, Basel, Switzerland Alexander School.

Since 1989 freelance teacher of the Alexander Technique.

2000 founding of own company, SPEEK, offering workshops, coachings, and trainings in psycho-physical re-education, incorporating the Alexander Technique.
2000 Training in person-centred counselling, Carl Rogers approach.
2017 - 2021 PhD, University of Hull, England. Thesis title:

Exploring how women use the Alexander Technique: psycho-physical re-education in the postpartum

Read about the Postpartum Handbook which will draw on the findings of the research. Browse my thesis here.

German nationality along with British nationality. Mother of three grown-up children, grandmother! :-)
Member of STAT and the German STAT affiliated Alexander Technique society, ATVD.eV, the German Green party, ‘Bündnis '90/DIE GRÜNEN’ and Greenpeace.
Some publications: Getting out of Splendid Isolation Limerick Congress Papers, 2015. Greater awareness in pregnancy. The Alexander Journal No. 10, 1989.
Some interests: Photography, writing, genealogy.

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Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life.

F.M. Alexander

Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody wants to change them self.

Leo Tolstoy

Practice non-doing, and everything will fall into place.


We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension.

F.M. Alexander