"We can throw away the habit of a lifetime in a few minutes if we use our brain." ~ F.M. Alexander
The Alexander Technique is a gentle mind-body practice that helps you develop awareness of unconscious, habitual patterns of movement in daily life. Understanding how you move and where you hold unnecessary tension gives you the opportunity to redirect your energies in ways that are beneficial both to the completion of specific tasks and for overall well-being. Through one-on-one lessons and group classes you can develop life-long skills that help you take ownership of your self-care, allowing you to maximize your sense of ease in stillness and activity.
In recent years the Alexander Technique has come to prominence in scientific studies as an effective method of reducing pain and assisting in recovery from injury. An extensive trial of patients with back pain, reported in the British Medical Journal, showed that the group assigned Alexander lessons had significantly longer-lasting benefits and less recurrence of injury than control groups. If you find yourself struggling with a chronic injury, the Alexander Technique may be a helpful tool for your recovery.
In lessons, I develop an individualized approach that takes into consideration your needs and interests, paying particular attention to how your head, neck, and back are organized in relation to your whole body in any activity. Communicating through touch and verbal instruction, I help you explore simple movements in order to examine alternative ways of thinking and moving in a low pressure setting.
To learn more about taking private lessons or scheduling a group class in Berkeley, CA, or Bismarck, ND, please contact me here.
"I highly recommend Emily as an Alexander teacher. She is knowledgable about the workings of the body, creates a comfortable environment in her studio, and is fun to work with. Her mindful hands-on assists helped me learn to use my shoulders more efficiently and created more ease in my yoga practice as well as my daily life." ~ Justine, yoga instructor