What is the Alexander Technique?

A system that frees you from physical and mental tension. 

It's a skill set that you can learn to get yourself out of pain and perform at a higher level. 

The Alexander Technique goes like this:

identify tension ------> pause the usual reaction -------> direct yourself to explore a new movement or thought 

Simple, right?

You literally learn how to stop compressing your muscles. Which leads to decompression of your joints.

Which leads to elegant movement in any activity.

Walking, running, sitting at a desk or on stage, you'll have more freedom and fuller breath.

Breath?! Why would the Alexander Technique increase my breath?

You might slump. Or you might take on a military-like posture, which pushes the ribcage forward. Both of these postures cut off your breath.

FM Alexander was an actor who kept getting hoarse. Deadly for an actor. So he figured out this Technique. He was often called "the breathing man" because he helped people breathe fully.

These are the steps he taught. You can try them. 

One: Become aware of a physical or mental habit that puts you in pain or distress

Two: Pause your initial reaction (it could be a movement or thought reaction)

Three: Redirect yourself into a new, better choice for movement and/or thought

So why do you need me, if you can learn on your own? 

It's sooo difficult to see our own habits. Wouldn't you agree?

The good news is, once a habit is recognized it's on the way to changing.

I'll help you, but you're the change agent. Let me explain. 

Alexander Technique is not like massage - massage is a treatment. It's true that most people feel very relaxed after an Alexander lesson. But it's not because you've been worked on. With the Alexander Technique you learn to relax yourself. You'll learn to to stop yourself from going into habitual tension. You'll have a sophisticated cognitive and physical skill. 

The results are decreased pain & anxiety, improved mobility, a better voice. The Technique impacts your entire body/mind.

Why haven't you heard of the Technique? Actors and performers use the Technique throughout their careers. It's often called the actor's secret. It's taught at Juilliard, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Mannes School of Music, New School of Drama and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Yale Drama.

If you want to know what to expect in lessons go here.

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Hi, I'm Jessica Santascoy. 

I help people move and think elegantly.

You'll learn the skills to perform at your very best on stage and in life.

Philosophy: we can develop into whomever we choose, change is always possible

After one lesson with Jessica, I immediately saw the difference in my acting and most importantly, in my life.

I have taken Alexander Technique with some of the top teachers in NY and LA.

Honestly, nobody comes close to how effective Jessica is.
— Zina Anaplioti, Actress, NYC, Greece, will appear in Billions
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One of the ways we can work together is on a role:

Through easy, fun to learn mind/movement activities, I worked with Christiane Seidel to master one of her most demanding roles yet--playing 10 different characters (9 males) in THEN SILENCE.

Together, we created physically expressive characters.

We freed Christiane of limiting thoughts - resulting in more rewarding & memorable performances.

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I love working with Jessica so much! Her spirit and talent - invaluable!
— Christiane Seidel, Actress, NYC, Berlin; Sigrid in Boardwalk Empire

Become the most attractive version of yourself.

Jessica has the language, understanding, and practice to take you from mediocre to extraordinary.

With Jessica’s guidance I have a system for identifying stressors and making the necessary adjustment to make each moment as stress free as possible.
— John Smiley, Actor, Director, Educator, MFA Acting, UT Austin
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Jess is Amazinnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggg!

My Alexander work with Jess has not only increased my confidence in the audition room and on stage, but also in life in general.

I recommend Jessica to anyone who wants to increase their presence on stage and in the room.
— Clem McIntosh, Actor, NYC, Canada
I cannot recommend Jessica enough for anyone who wants more confidence, relaxation, presence, and freedom in the moment.
— Katy Pinke, Actress, Mandarin Translator, NYC
Jessica teaches you how to transform into the most confident, most attractive version of yourself.
— Dani Baum, Actress, Writer, Producer, NYC

Sometimes, pain gets in the way.

I'll help you prevent pain and stay at the top of your game so that you can pursue what you love. 

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“I had intense headaches at night for weeks. In one session Jessica fixed what 3 doctors and an emergency room visit did not.

After taking 10 classes with Jessica, my physical life has been transformed.

Jessica is awesome!
— Lars Engstrom, Actor, NYC

My Credentials

Nationally Certified by the American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AmSAT)

BA, Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso

MA, Media, New School, NYC with a focus on directing & sound 

 New York City

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