ABOUT - ALAZNE LARRINAGA
BSC. MSC. ISATT. STAT.
Who I Am
Alazne holds a Master in Exercise Physiology and its application in Therapy from NUIG. She is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness instructor and Exercise for Health Specialist (REPS Ireland) as well as a DSE risk assessor. She is a fully qualified Alexander Technique teacher, having completed the 1600-hour long training and the 500 hours postgraduate course. Alazne also holds a Degree in Economics and a Master in finance from the University of the Basque Country (UPV), Bilbao, Spain. After a career in finance for high-profile companies in Madrid, Pittsburgh, Milan and Bilbao, which lasted for over ten years she began suffering from back pain and postural problems. She discovered she had two bulging disks (L4 and L5) and doctors told her she needed to undergo a risky operation. That’s what led her to train as an Alexander Technique and now she has been able to function and lead a normal, active life which includes raising two young children, training at the gym and running.
Alazne has been working as an Alexander Technique therapist and educator for the past five years, both at the training course at the Alexander Technique Centre Ireland, Galway, and as a private practitioner holding individual and group classes and therapy sessions both in Ireland and abroad (Spain, Italy, Hungary and the Basque Country).
Alazne has been working with a variety of patients and students who have suffered from back pain, stress, different types of injuries (knee, neck etc.), cardiovascular diseases or cancer and she has seen first-hand the benefits of the Alexander Technique in improving their cognitive and somatic function. Drawing from her training as an Alexander Technique teacher and the MSc in Exercise physiology, she has developed a unique approach to exercise and re-education which focuses on avoiding strain and injury.
She has given workshops in for different organisations such as NUIG, Medtronic, the Spinal Injury Association of Ireland, the Galway Blue Note Choir, and several schools like Educate Together National School, Claddagh Primary National School and St Joseph Primary in Galway, as well as several schools in Spain. She has worked as a consultant on a variety of projects, such as the HSE programme 'School Sitting', presented at the ‘learning environment’ conference in NUIG in October 2019. She has collaborated on an NUIG research project (Department of Drama) on the benefits of theatre for individuals with Down Syndrome, in which she designed physical activity programmes for the participants.
She is involved with the design committee for the playground area in the Galway Educate Together National School. She presented her Master research ‘The role of the Alexander Technique in Exercise for Cancer Survivors’ at the Irish Annual Cancer Research conference in February 2020.
Alazne offers tailored packages for individuals or groups targeted for their specific needs, which include training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. She also offers corporate training packages which focus on improving wellbeing as well as preventing and dramatically reducing back injuries, one of the main problems in modern society.
Alazne is the Vice president of The Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT) and permanent teaching staff at the Alexander Technique Teachers Training Centre. She is also a member of the Spanish Association of Alexander Technique Teachers (APTAE) and of the UK-based international association STAT (Society of the Alexander Technique Teachers).