If you have a performance or pain problem, I'll help you.
Let's get right to the point.
You're probably here because you've exhausted your options. There are so many choices - how do you decide which is best? Yoga, massage, pilates, rolfing...your head can spin with options.
If you are in any of these situations, then I can help you:
- An acting coach told you it's essential for you to take Alexander Technique lessons.
- Your voice is suboptimal. Your regular voice teacher gives you tips and breathing exercises to help you release tension - but the crux of the matter is that h/she is not a trained Alexander Technique teacher. There's a limit to how much s/he can help you.
- You're in pain or tired of being uncomfortable - even after spending a lot of money on massage, yoga, etc.
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 on sitting, standing and walking with ease and grace - without pain.
Voice is part of every lesson if you are an actor or performer.
If you want a clear voice and a dynamic presence, I can help you.
You might have questions about problems. I'll help you get comfortable.
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.
Elite actors and performers take Alexander Technique as part of their studies. Students at Juilliard, Yale and NYU's drama and music programs take lessons as part of their curriculum. The Alexander Technique is often only available in bigger cities.
And that's a shame, because everyone can 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.
She's taken lessons and can now coach herself out of pain with what she's learned in lessons with me.
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
You'll learn three skills:
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.
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