A willingness and openness will almost always guarantee your success.
Is this like a massage?
The Alexander Technique is not a series of treatments or exercise. Rather, it is a way to do things. It is a skill that you can learn to use at any time and with any activity. Whether you are sitting at your desk, exercising or performing household chores, the Alexander Technique can help you do these things more efficiently with less chance of injury.
What should I wear for my lesson?
I recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely.
What happens in a lesson?
In a lesson, I will give you verbal instruction and gentle hands-on guidance while we do familiar everyday activities, such as sitting, standing, and walking. My words and hands will heighten your awareness to various unconscious habits you may have and suggest a more efficient way of moving. You will learn how to direct your thinking to reduce unnecessary tension and improve your overall coordination.
As lessons progress we may do more complicated tasks based on your interests, such as bending and lifting, performing an exercise, playing an instrument, or sitting at the computer. There is also some work done lying down on a massage table. The table work is designed to allow you to release tension and refine your thinking on a much deeper level without having to hold yourself upright against gravity.
After lessons my students often report that they feel calmer, lighter and more centered, and they have less pain and greater freedom of movement.
How long does it take to learn the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a process of changing habits of movement and thought. These habits did not arise over night and they are usually so ingrained that it takes time and practice to change them. You should give yourself sufficient time to allow yourself to make these changes—to re-organize your body and fine-tune the way you think.
I recommend that my students start by taking ten lessons on a weekly basis. With this base, you should start to see improvements and you should have the ability to apply the principles to activities and situations that arise during the week. Often people feel that they want to continue on longer to fine-tune their coordination, keep the ideas fresh and get on-going support. Many people start out trying to resolve one issue, only to discover that there are multiple uses for the Alexander Technique and deeper mind-body connections to be made.
The Alexander Technique is similar to learning a language: you can learn just enough to get by in a foreign country or you can learn how to have a fluent conversation. It all depends on your goals and your interest.
You could also compare this to hiring a fitness trainer. Ten sessions would get you well on your way towards your fitness goals, but then you might want to continue on to maintain your fitness and to keep improving.
What kinds of students tend to do well with the Alexander Technique?
Over the years, I have worked with a wide range of people, from teens to people in their nineties. No matter what their age, I have found that my most successful students have had these following characteristics in common: They are intelligent, curious, and willing to make changes. They have patience, a willingness to be wrong, and a good sense of humor.
They are interested in taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. In doing so, they take the tools that they learn in our lessons and practice during the week.
I share this with you in hopes that it gives you insight as to what it takes to see results with the Alexander Technique. A willingness and openness will almost always guarantee your success.
Where are you located?
My studio is located in Mamaroneck, New York, which is in southern Westchester County. I am easily reached by both the Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95. For more detailed directions, please contact me via phone or email.
How much do lessons cost?
I offer various types of programs, and pricing is based on which one seems best for you:
$240 ($80 per lesson)
$750 ($75 per lesson)
* A single lesson is approximately 45 minutes.
I also teach shared and group lessons.
Find out about my upcoming group classes. These classes are a great introduction to the Technique.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Simply phone me at 914-200-3732 or drop me an email using this site.