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Enhance Your Life  with the Alexander Technique

Many people go through life with chronic back or neck pain, stress, or fatigue, not realizing the way they walk, sit, stand, and move may be causing their problems   The Alexander Technique teaches us to become aware of, and change, postural habits; alleviating us from unwanted pain and tension.  As students perform common movements such as sitting and standing , the instructor uses subtle hands-on individual guidance, stimulating postural muscles to help students use their bodies with less strain in order to regain natural balance and fluidity.  Because the Technique focuses on mind/body coordination, it is also helpful for those wishing to improve their performance; from tennis and golf to dancing, singing and acting.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat to class.

The Scarsdale Adult School, 914-723-2325


The MELT Method - Length & Strength

The MELT Method is a self-treatment technique that helps to prevent the stress and pain brought on by aging and active living. This all-levels class will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. The technique will help relieve aches and pains (including chronic neck and low back strain), reduce inflammation and improve postural alignment and athletic performance. The class will also include some basic MELT Strength work which helps to engage the stabilizing muscles of the hips, shoulder girdle, and core. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat to class. The instructor will provide the rollers and balls, but they will also be available for purchase.

The Larchmont/Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education

9 Tuesdays; Oct. 7 - Dec. 9 (no class Nov. 11)
8:45 - 9:45 am

Larchmont Temple, 914-698-9126

Also at:

Healthy Fit

6 Sundays; Sept. 21 - Nov. 2 (no class Oct. 12)
1:00 - 2:00 pm

1000 E. Boston Post Rd.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543, 914-670-0600

And at:

The Yoga Station

5 Sundays; January 11 - Februrary 8
12:00 - 1:00 pm

221 East Hartsdale Ave. 
Hartsdale, NY 10583 914-874-6295



MELT  FOR Anti-Aging

The MELT Method is a self-treatment technique that helps to prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Using simple, specialized equipment such as small balls and soft foam rollers (which will be supplied), this innovative new technique "re-hydrates" the connective tissue which surrounds every muscle, bone, joint, and organ. It brings your body back to a more ideal state by enhancing body awareness, improving balance, and releasing stuck stress that causes stiffness, pain, headaches, insomnia, and digestive problems. Whether you are an athlete seeking to achieve optimal performance, or someone hoping to slow down the aging process and feel better, this technique can benefit you! Bring a yoga mat to class.

The Scarsdale Adult School

4 Thursdays; Nov. 13 - Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Westchester Reform Temple, 914-723-2325


Special MELT workshops

MELT for Neck and Upper Body

Sunday, Sept. 21; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Using the unique MELT Method soft rollers and patented MELT balls we will address issues that contribute to pain in the neck and upper back. Learn techniques that you can use every day to help improve alignment, increase mobility and decrease pain and stiffness. Participants will also get their own MELT Map for Neck and Upper Body.

Melt for Low Back and Hips

Sunday, Sept. 28; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you have problems with reoccurring back or hip pain? Come try the MELT Method, a revolutionary self-care treatment method to reduce stress, tension, and chronic pain. Through a series of easy, precise techniques that use soft body rollers and small balls, this groundbreaking program quickly rehydrates connective tissue, which allows the body to release long-held tension. During this one-hour workshop, we will use MELT soft rollers and patented MELT balls to create more space and fluidity in your joints. You will also get your own MELT map for Low Back & Hips.

MELT Strength for Runners and Walkers

Sunday, Oct. 5; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Running is a wonderful form of exercise, but the impact of running — and even walking — contributes to wear and tear on our joints and connective tissue. The MELT Method can help rehydrate connective tissue, which will not only increase flexibility, but will also provide more stability to our joints. Using patented MELT balls and soft rollers we will focus on feet, legs and hips to improve alignment and increase efficiency while running. Participants will also get their own MELT Map for Lower Body.

MELT Strength for Posture and Core

Sunday, Oct. 19; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and noticed that your posture is changing? Would you like to appear taller, and feel stronger and more confident? During his one-hour class we will combine the process of rehydrating the connective tissue using the soft MELT balls and rollers, with precise exercises that activate the muscles of stability in the shoulders and core. Once these mechanisms are "turned on" movements become more efficient and posture is improved. Participants will get their own MELT Map for Upper Body.

All workshops will be held at Prasanthi Studio

135 Fifth Ave.
Pelham, NY  10803

All workshops are $20. Space is limited to 10 participants so reserve your spot early! All props are provided for the workshops, and sets can be purchased for at-home self care. Reserve online at


MELT Intro Workshop

Monday, November 24; 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Come and experience what MELT can do for you in this introductory workshop!

Quest Yoga Arts
11-13 East Main St.
Mount Kisco, NY 10549


Athleta Scarsdale
700 Post Rd.
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Class size is limited to 15, so reservations are required!

Please bring water and a yoga mat.

To learn more about MELT, or to order MELT products, click on the banner, below:

MELT Feel Better Now


links about the alexander technique:

This is our new video that gives a simple explanation of the Alexander Technique and drives you to the AmSAT website

Here is the recent article from the New York Times:

Is your office chair killing you? An interesting article in Bloomberg Businessweek talks about the effects that sitting in chairs has on our bodies. Here is Brian Leher's interview with the author on NPR.


A major medical study in England, published by the British Medical Journal in 2008, found that lessons in the Alexander Technique have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain, and are the most cost-effective way to treat back pain.

A video produced by the British Medical Journal summarizing the above study.

Another video about what ABC thinks of this important study.

Oprah's thoughts on the Alexander Technique.

The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), the largest professional organization of Alexander teachers in the U.S.

The American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), one of the oldest teacher certification programs in the U.S.

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique.


links to alexander-related activities

Vocalist, an international mailing list for singers and singing teachers: