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Alexander Technique 

Tracy encompasses a skillfully intuitive approach during our one on one Alexander Technique sessions. From her attention to detail, to her professionalism, there is no question how passionate she is about her clients and their progress. This collaborative work is life changing, thanks to Tracy I am much more consciously aware of my physical being in the world. My sinuses have improved since and many areas in my body are now released profoundly.
— Marsha Goolcharan
 

The Alexander Technique teaches you to gain awareness of & unlearn psychophysical habits that cause excess strain and dis-ease in your body.

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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.

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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.

Where: 

  • 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.

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In a group class, apply the technique to yoga-like movement

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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.

 

 

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Ongoing Class, Mondays 5:00-6:30

Where: The Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th street, 3rd fl.

Fee: $15

Please email arodiger@balanceartscenter.com 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.   

 

 

Testimonials

Tracy is a truly wonderful Alexander teacher. Through my work with her I am developing a deeper more grounded relationship with my body and voice and am excited to utilize what I am learning in my acting work. I am very grateful for her warm, wise and understanding presence.
— Amy Staats, Professional writer/actor
I came to Alexander Technique originally because of chronic back pain from playing piano. I had tried everything — physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy... but Alexander Technique was the first therapeutic form that gave me results in the first session. I learned that my back pain came from improperly using my chest to “push” the keys down, as opposed to letting gravity do the work with proper support from my back. It takes time and practice for your body to unlearn the pain-causing habits that you have formed over a lifetime, but Alexander Technique is the most effective thing that I’ve seen.
— Josh Lavine, Learning and Development Manager at FoodKick
I’ve been an actor for a while now, but I’ve been myself for even longer; and I’d acquired numerous bad posture habits. Tracy and the AT have taught me how to help my body by being aware of its needs. No small feat.
— Nirvana Diez, Actress
 

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?

The Balance Arts Center description of the Alexander 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.)

HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?  

Contact Tracy

The Alexander Technique stresses unification in an era of greater and greater medical specialization. It is an educational system that teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. It enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain.
— Jack Stern, MD, PhD Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York, White Plains, NY

Resources

The Balance Arts Center

The Balance Arts Center is dedicated to teaching mindfulness and awareness in action through the principles and practices of the Alexander Technique

AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique)

 AmSAT is the largest professional organization of teachers of the Alexander Technique in the United States.

The British Medical Journal

Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain