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Robin Simmons

Teacher and Teacher-trainer of the F.M. Alexander Technique of psychophysical health (AT)

The Technique can help you reduce pain and stress, yet also simultaneously help you improve your posture, your breathing, and your performance in any activity. 

Posture? – Pain? – Performance? – Pregnancy? – Breathing? – Coordinating? – Stress?

Having qualified in 1971 from the training course initiated by Alexander, Robin is the most experienced AT teacher in Switzerland. He offers individual sessions to anyone interested to learn how to get rid of their difficulties and improve their performance by applying the Technique in whatever they do at work, at home, and in all other circumstances. The Technique can help you reduce pain and stress, yet also simultaneously help you improve your posture, your breathing, and your performance in any activity. 

The Technique is especially valued by musicians and singers as they can almost at once notice the improvement in the quality of the sound they are making. Robin has worked with internationally well-known musicians and singers, and is still working with several top musicians who play in the Opera House orchestra. He has also been working with the young talented musicians of the Opera House Akademie. But you do not have to be a musician or even play any instrument to benefit from lessons in the Alexander Technique as the instrument we are refining in its working is yourself.  

Fortunately, in Switzerland, the sessions in the Alexander Technique are supported by the health insurances if you have complimentary health cover. And Robin has had several recommendations from medical people who have sent their patients to have lessons in the Technique. 

Robin John normally teaches in English although he can manage in German as well. He is married to Beatrice Simmons-Heiz who is also a teacher of AT and an Animistic counsellor. Robin John is also a qualified teacher of Nordic Walking since 2007, and he has been also teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1972. He in addition teaches the Evolutionary Procedures of Professor Dart. He has written several books including “The Evolution of Movement” and “The Gold Dust in the 4 Books of Alexander”.   



WHEN AND WHERE

I see pupils/clients on SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY (& sometimes WEDNESDAY) 

TIMES of APPOINTMENTS VARY  

1st level ATLAZ (ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE / T’AI CHI CH’UAN)
38 Lindenstrasse, 8008 Zürich 

COSTS

Lessons in the F.M. Alexander Technique are supported by the Health Insurances in Switzerland if you have COMPLIMENTARY cover. 

Normal fees are as follows:  

Payment of each individual lesson at the time of the lesson 120 CHF  

Payment in advance for 5 lessons 550 CHF 

Payment in advance for 10 lessons 1000 CHF 

 

The Alexander Technique (AT)

The Alexander Technique (AT) is relevant for anyone interested to learn how to rid themselves of pain and difficulties, and improve breathing and posture in all life activities. 

AT is supported by the health insurances in Switzerland if you have complimentary cover. There is no need to undress to take lessons in AT. 

AT is relevant for any age group and Robin John has had pupils of teenage years to people over 80. 

Robin John is the most experienced AT teacher in Switzerland. 

Lessons are usually conducted in English – but Robin can manage to teach in German if necessary. 

  

Robin Simmons' Biography

Robin John discovered the Alexander Technique in August 1968 and qualified from the teacher training course of Walter & Dilys Carrington (the direct continuation of the training course established by Alexander) in 1971. He then set up a private practice in London.  He meanwhile also began teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1972, having learned from teachers John Yalenezian (senior pupil of T.T. Liang), & Dr. Chi Chiang Tao (a senior student of Cheng Man Ch’ing), & Seow Poon Shing. 

Married to Béatrice Heiz:  
Alexander Teacher, Animistic Counsellor, Fragrance Consultant, Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapist  

Alexander Technique

Robin John developed a busy private practice in London from 1972-2002 when he moved to Switzerland. From 1971 to its closure Robin taught the Technique regularly at The International Academy for Continuous Education established by J.G. Bennett.  

Among his pupils in London during this time can be mentioned Michael Palin, Gabriel Byrne & Terence Stamp, and musicians such as Judith Pearce (flute), Sandy Baillie (cello), and pop personalities Lulu and Sting. 

Teacher Training

In 1982 he took over the training school begun by Elisabeth Langford and Paul Collins and established it in Hampstead, London. It has continued in Zürich but will close in April 2022.  

In participating in the running of the British AT Society STAT in the 1970s and ’80s Robin was the Treasurer for a period. He was also a member of several STAT standing committees. For many years he was a Moderator for STAT at another teacher training school in London. 

In 2006 he was invited by the Australian AT Society to give a series of workshops and present the keynote speech for their annual conference in Sydney. 

He has conducted annual week-long workshops on the Technique in Turkey for many years and has given lessons and workshops in India and many European countries including

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Austria & the UK. Recently he has been invited to give workshops and instruction in training schools in Seoul, Korea. 

At the present time, Robin John offers individual sessions in The Alexander Technique at his centre in Zürich, Switzerland.  He also offers sessions in Naters/Brig, Wallis near his home.  

His digital book summarising the four books written by Alexander has been well received.    

Alexander Technique: Ergonomic evaluation and seating for business

For many years Robin John ran a small company associated with his Alexander Technique teaching which retailed ergonomic seating and other equipment called Design For Good Use.  He has been invited by various small business concerns (including an office chair manufacturer) to advise them as to the most efficient and ergonomic way to improve the conditions for staff members.   

In 2010 he and his wife Béatrice ran a program in Wallis, Switzerland for 300 bus drivers to improve the safeguarding of their health based upon the Alexander Technique. He has also been asked to give similar advice and to work with staff members at a 5-star hotel in Saas-Fee. Testimonials from companies are on his website in the section on AT and Business.

The Dart Procedures and The Evolution of Movement

During his training with the Carrington’s Robin John was introduced by Walter Carrington to the Procedures devised by Professor Raymond Dart.  

He has now become known worldwide for his expertise on the Dart Procedures and has given presentations of them at several International Alexander Teacher Congresses (recently in Limerick 2015 and Chicago 2018).  His book, The Evolution of Movement which describes his outlook on the procedures and how they are integrated with the Alexander Technique was published in 2018 and has been widely acclaimed. He has given workshops on these procedures in many countries. He now runs a weekly class on the Dart Procedures online every Friday morning at 11.00 CET

Courses

T’ai Chi Ch’uan:   

Having initially begun taking intensive private lessons in 1969, Robin John found T’ai Chi to be of special interest, especially the aesthetic and meditational aspects of the art. After his first teacher left London in 1972, he continued to make visits to him abroad and began giving individual and group classes in London. Individual classes continue today in Zürich. There is a YouTube film of Robin John performing the T’ai Chi Short Form: put in Robin Simmons T’ai Chi and it comes up. 

Nordic Walking: Robin John completed his Diploma as an instructor in 2005. His Nordic Walking instruction is uniquely based on the Alexander Technique. 

Running: Having assisted his friend Malcolm Balk (author of The Art of Running) in many workshops since 1991, Robin John offers workshops on how to improve your running style and efficiency.  

Courses and Workshops Worldwide: 

Robin has given workshops in many countries including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland, Austria, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey), Australia, USA, Korea, and India. Robin has given many presentations on different themes connected to F.M. Alexander Technique at Congresses & elsewhere:
A.T. & Seating
A.T. & Running
A.T. & Tennis
A.T. & Skiing
A.T. & Golf
A.T. & Nordic Walking
A.T. & Dart Evolutionary Procedures
A.T. & its application to the world of business and the workplace
A.T. & its application to the Disabled
A.T. & T’ai Chi
A.T. & Car & bus driving 


WORK EXPERIENCEEDUCATION

NOW

2022 Published: Questions, Comments & Concerns
2020 Published: The Gold Dust in the 4 Books of Alexander
2020: Initiated Dart-Online.org with regular weekly workshops online
2019 (and onwards) Invited to support training centres in Seoul (S. Korea)
2018 Published: The Evolution of Movement (Alexander Technique & Dart Procedures)
2018 Alexander Technique Training Programme Bangalore (India) & Presentations at International AT Congress in Chicago (USA)
2006 Invited to Australia to give the keynote speech at the Australian AT Society AGM (Australia)
2005 Qualified Instructor of Nordic Walking (Switzerland)
1991 (and onwards) Assisting and giving workshops on Running and AT (London later Zurich)
1988 (and onwards) Presentations at International AT Congresses & AT training centres (worldwide)
1982-2022 Director of Training of AT Teacher Training programme ATLAZ (London later Zurich)
1972 – 1982 AT & TC lessons to Hollywood film actors and well-known pop musicians among others
1970 (and onwards) working with the Dart Evolutionary Procedures
1969-1973 T’ai Chi Ch’uan with John Yalenezian, Dr. Chi Chiang Tao & Seow Poon Shing (London)
1969-1971 Alexander Technique Teacher Training programme with Walter & Dilys Carrington - the school continuing the one set up by F.M. Alexander in 1932 (London)
1965-1968 Laban & Jung based actor training (The Drama Centre, London)

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WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT ROBIN

Principal Clarinettist, Philharmonia, Zürich

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Robin Simmons has extensive knowledge and experience of the Alexander Technique which has helped me tremendously. As a professional musician, I am now able to rehearse and perform for long hours without pain. The improvements have helped to open up my breathing and improve my tone quality. Besides the huge benefit from private lessons, Robin has provided me with several techniques which I can practice on my own and are very useful for me to maintain a healthy condition. I highly recommend Robin as an Alexander teacher. 

Principal Clarinettist, Philharmonia, Zürich