Located at Union Square in Manhattan
Teaching location also in North Bergen, New Jersey
THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: AWARENESS AND CHOICE
Many people go through life with chronic pain, stress, or fatigue, not realizing that the way they walk, sit, stand, and move may be causing their problems. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to become aware of, and change, the deep, unconscious, postural habits which are often at the root of these problems. Because these postural habits are so fundamental, but so habitual, they are inaccessible to most people and to most methods, yet they have a profound effect on our overall coordination and sense of well-being. By teaching us how to gain access to ourselves, and change, at this deep level, the Alexander Technique gives us the key to freeing ourselves from unwanted pain, tension, and stress.
Lessons in the Technique are not passive treatments - they focus on re-education, self-awareness, and self-responsibility. As the student performs common movements such as sitting and standing, the teacher uses subtle hands-on guidance and verbal feedback both to stimulate the postural muscles to support the body correctly, and to ease unnecessary tension. This process gives the student an experience of more coordinated and effortless movement which acts as a reference point, guiding them to use their bodies with less strain and more efficiency. Their attention deepens to a level of themselves which was previously unconscious and automatic, giving them the ability, in their daily activities, to choose not to be the victim of habitual reactions of strain and tension. Gradually, as they learn to notice and change their habits, their pain or injury is alleviated, and they regain their natural balance, energy, and fluidity.
Chronic, musculo-skeletal pain is epidemic in our society – close to 80% of all adults will experience back pain in their lifetime. Many people with chronic pain, fatigue, and tension, who could not get relief from conventional methods, have found that the Alexander Technique gave them the skills they needed to overcome their problems and improve their overall functioning.
The Alexander Technique has been taught in a wide variety of academic and institutional settings, such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, The American Conservatory Theater, The Julliard School, New York University, Yale University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Because it deals with the deepest levels of mind/body coordination, it benefits people in many disciplines, from computer programmers and office workers to performing artists and athletes.