The Alexander Technique teaches one to not only think and do what “feels right” but instead more freely choose actions. In doing so the Technique shows a tangible way to effect change in contrast to “do this better” or “stop doing that.” One begins to grow more comfortable with aspects of life perhaps not thought… Continue reading The Alexander Technique, in my words
My Civic Colleague Ariel Patkin messaged me about exercise, the Alexander Technique, and how swimming might benefit the scapulohumeral rhythm. The what?? That's what I said. She sent me this video to help explain. It's dry - probably for some kind of health field professional training. But that didn't matter; the intention behind her sending it to… Continue reading What is the Alexander Technique??
Like myself, Carmen and Quinn found their first lesson very relaxing; as you will see, though, it was more than just that. The Alexander Technique addresses movement, and considering that sitting down and standing up in some form or another comprise a large part of our daily movement, teachers spend a great deal of time… Continue reading First Lessons
It was Bob Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, but I didn't know his position at the time. He was just a friend of my teacher, Dr. Pamela Ryan. Dr. Ryan invited a few viola students to play for Mr. Spano in her studio. I was a recent sophomore transfer and heard it… Continue reading The Technique Works in Mysterious Ways, Part 2
Last week I had my first Alexander Technique lesson in eight months. The lesson brought feelings of lightness and pleasure but also mystery and even confusion as to what was happening or what to do, a reminder of the feeling of Alexander lessons and new experiences in general. I've been learning about the Technique for almost ten… Continue reading In their shoes
Before their first Alexander Technique lessons I wanted to hear Carmen and Quinn's ideas on the Alexander Technique. Exposure to the Alexander Technique transformed my concepts of posture and support so I thought it appropriate to document Carmen and Quinn's conceptions before their ideas may also change. The Alexander Technique provides tools for addressing both… Continue reading Beginnings
It sounds religious but it is how I feel. The Technique works on developing a coordination and sensory awareness that was different in humans as little as 200 years ago. Considering that texting, sleeping, and breathing all involve movement, the effect of this coordination in our lives is ubiquitous. I experienced changes unexpectedly, not knowing the above… Continue reading The Technique Works in Mysterious Ways Part 1
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." -Michelangelo People often associate posture with lots of effort. One only needs to observe infants and toddlers to realize posture is innate to our species. Instead of being something we must construct from nothing, it is something for us to rediscover.… Continue reading Why the Title?