People come for lessons for all kinds of reasons. Whether you are a performer, public speaker, yoga teacher, full-time mom or someone who recovering from an injury or been dealing with chronic neck and back pain…it all comes down to the same thing: Learning to observe what your habits of movement are and how they interfere with what we are doing within the present moment.
What I’m teaching is how to make 'smart choices' in how you move so that you learn how not to create excessive tension and stress in your body and in your thinking.
Lessons consist of learning how to observe yourself in basic everyday activities. I use verbal instruction and a very delicate hands-on guidance. This will help you become aware of patterns of tension in simple activities such as sitting, standing, walking and speaking. Later we can look at more specialized activities such as working with the computer, giving a presentation, playing a musical instrument, doing yoga or sports (golf or tennis) to name a few.
Private lessons also consist of table work, where while lying on a table you learn the art of what I like to call the 'art of non-doing'. Known in the Alexander Technique as the “active rest” or "constructive rest". For me, this was a game changer! It is the process of releasing and relaxing into the directions without dealing with gravity. 'Active rest' will help you learn how to take this ‘newly organized coordination’ into a more balanced upright posture. It also teaches you to become more aware of your excessive tension and how to release that tension allowing for a more balanced coordinated way of moving throughout your day. This may seem easy, but our habitual way we move is quite ingrained and can be difficult to let go of.
The Alexander Technique is not a therapy though it’s therapeutic benefits have changed my life. It is not a passive technique, where something is ‘done to you’ and you feel better for a little while and then go back to your same patterns that are creating the same problems. It is a learning process, where the student - you - takes self-responsibility for your own ‘healing to unfold’. Teaching you how to ‘teach’ yourself; thus making changes that last a lifetime!