Joy Jacobson, AmSAT Certified
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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
10 Fridays; March 14 - June 6 (no class March 28, April 18, May 23)
9:00 - 10:00 am
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.
8 Tuesdays; March 11 - May 6 (no class April 15)
8:45 - 9:45 am
MELT strength is good for people with pain, and for people who don’t have pain, and want to keep it that way! Unlike traditional strength exercises that focus on muscle movement, MELT Strength improves stability and efficiency of movement by activating the deep stabilizing muscles of the shoulder and pelvic girdle, spine, and core. Once the body is stable, movements are safer and performance is improved. MELT Strength uses body weight,resistance bands, and MELT soft body rollers. The moves are more subtle than traditional exercises, yet challenging and appropriate for any age and fitness level. Bring a yoga mat to class.
8 Wednesdays; March 12 - May 7 (no class April 16)
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Come and experience what MELT can do for you in these free introductory workshops. Class size is limited to 15 so reservations are required! Please bring a yoga mat.
MELT Intro Class
Saturday, March 22
12:00 - 1:15 pm
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:http://nyti.ms/kuMXxe
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.
Vocalist, an international mailing list for singers and singing teachers: http://www.vocalist.org