The Alexander Technique teaches you to gain awareness of & unlearn psychophysical habits that cause excess strain and dis-ease in your body.
Through one-on-one or group lessons, you will build conscious awareness of how you are using yourself, and the ability to pause and make different, more optimal choices. You'll learn how to use your own body most efficiently, to avoid wear-and-tear on your joints and muscles. You will gain more awareness of anatomical mapping, a greater sense of ease and lightness in moving, and methods of self-care. You will come to own a process through which change can easily be made.
The AT may benefit you if you:
Suffer from chronic pain or are recovering from an injury
Desire better posture
Dance, sing, act, make music, create art, or teach
Seek refined technique & stamina
Want better stage presence or public speaking skills
Feel dissatisfied with performance in any area of your life.
In a private lesson, work one-on-one to re-educate your body.
Details: In a private lesson, address your unique patterns of use through hands-on guidance, verbal communication, and table work. Learn better coordination, confidence, poise, and ease, in whatever activity you choose.
The Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th street, 3rd fl.
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
Policy: 24 hour cancellation policy: If a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours, the student will be charged half fee the first time, and full fee after that.
In a group class, apply the technique to yoga-like movement
Details: The Balance Arts floor class was developed by Ann Rodiger to present movement through the lens of the Alexander Technique. The class combines knowledge of the Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff fundamentals, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Voicework, and various dance disciplines. The class can be adapted to suit the needs and interests of the students, including and not limited to voice, posture, specialized activities, and breathing.
Ongoing Class, Mondays 5:00-6:30
Where: The Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th street, 3rd fl.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-526-6515 before attending your first class
Class will be taught by Tracy, Ann, or a Balance Arts Center Faculty
Request a class! Group classes can be customized to suit your needs and schedule, with 6 weeks notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY LESSONS SHOULD I TAKE?
This is Personal, and depends on your process. I suggest committing to 3 lessons when you begin. Many people find that 10-30 lessons give them a beginning sense of ownership over the work.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY LESSON?
Wear clothes you can move in, socks, and a shirt with sleeves.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN MY FIRST LESSON?
A discussion about why you are taking lessons, a chair turn, table turn (lying down) and applying the work standing up. You can expect verbal and gentle hands-on guidance.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE?
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM YOGA?
Alexander Technique focuses on the how of movement, and brings conscious awareness into even every day movements. Main-stream yoga usually focuses on stretching an meditation on the mat/in the classroom.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD?
Both techniques increase awareness, relieve tension, and build better postural patterns. I like this article describing the differences.
HAS ANYONE DONE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO PROVE THIS WORKS?
Yes. Click here to read The British Medical Journal Study on The Alexander Technique and Back Pain
I WANT TO LEARN MORE; CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY BOOKS?
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Micheal J. Gelb (and many more! Just ask.)