Almost everyone runs into a pain, productivity, or performance problem. The Alexander Technique is different from yoga and massage. You learn to change your daily habits of movement and thought to diminish or erase your pain.
Neck pain, stagefright, trouble sitting comfortably at your computer.
How can I get out of pain and stay out of pain? That was the question that plagued me.
I wanted to stop the pain.
What I got was a whole lot more. A technique to identify which physical or emotional habits were taking me down an unhappy or painful path.
Now I teach it. I'll show you how to stay resilient.
What's a lesson like?
In each lesson I will identify habits that are putting you in pain or sabotaging your performance. We'll work sitting, standing and walking.
You might have questions about problems. Such as:
How can I sit without my back hurting?
Why does my neck hurt at the computer?
Why does slumping feel comfortable?
Who takes lessons?
Everyone, at any age, benefits from lessons.
Historically, elite actors and performers are the group that benefitted most from Alexander Technique. Students at Juilliard, Yale and NYU's drama and music programs get to take lessons as part of their curriculum. The Alexander Technique is often only available in bigger cities.
And that's a shame, because so many people, most people, would really benefit from taking lessons.
I grew up with a single mom in El Paso, Texas. She has scoliosis, and our family chiropractor had recommended that she take lessons. But, there wasn't an Alexander Technique teacher in El Paso. As a dancer, I desperately wanted to take lessons.
I started to suffer from debilitating pain. The kind of pain that keeps you awake at night. After trying massage, yoga and Rolfing, I finally took lessons in the Alexander Technique.
My knee pain went away -- I could run again.
Neck pain disappeared -- I could work at the computer again.
Walking around the block used to hurt my feet like hell, but after Alexander Technique lessons I could wear high heels and walk over 5 miles. Now I can easily walk 8 miles a day.
Stagefright used to overcome me. Even at meetings, I'd get super shy. But now, I'm okay. I can make it through a meeting and stand up and talk in front of a group.
I love, seriously love, teaching the AlexanderTechnique. I believe in it.
Because I've completely transformed the way I move. Now I move efficiently and easily.
My clients learn to use the Technique in every stage of their lives and in every activity.
Agnes has taken lessons in different stages of her life to:
1. overcome pain and jaw tension while using sitting at her computer
2. prepare to walk, sit and move elegantly at her wedding
3. understand how to end pain brought on by pregnancy
There are three skills you will practice:
I'll teach you how to identify the movements and thoughts that cause you pain or discomfort.
You'll learn to change the movements that are bringing on the pain.
You learn to direct yourself into a better, pain-free habit.
If you're wondering how you can use your body/mind better, the Alexander Technique is for you. If you're an actor, the Alexander Technique is for you. If you're a performer or presenter, the Alexander Technique is for you. If you're in pain, the Alexander Technique is for you.
If you are stressed or anxious, the Technique is of enormous use.
Everyone benefits from the Alexander Technique.
Family lesson in Madrid, Spain.
Small group lessons are a fun way to explore movement. The kids were having pain from sitting at their desks and carrying their heavy book bags. After the lesson, they understood a more efficient way of sitting and carrying books.
I worked with Christiane Seidel to master one of her most demanding roles -- playing 10 different characters (9 males) in THEN SILENCE. We communicated long distance while she was on set in Santa Fe so I could coach her to ride a horse effortlessly and hold a gun elegantly in GODLESS.
Nationally Certified by the American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AmSAT)
Board Member, American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)
BA, Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso
MA, Media, New School, NYC with a focus on directing & sound