“Relief from chronic middle back pain, Relief from crippling plantar fasciitis pain (as in there is no more pain at all), A completely new understanding of my body and how it's parts relate to each other…”
Words will always fall short in attempting to express my gratitude to Tracy and the Alexander work she has brought to my life over the past 6 months.
I like lists - so here is a short list of what I've gained in just 6 months time ...
*Relief from chronic middle back pain
*Relief from crippling plantar fasciitis pain (as in there is no more pain at all)
*A completely new understanding of my body and how it's parts relate to each other
*An ever growing vocabulary for what's happening with my body throughout the day
*A new and exciting understanding of/ connection to my breath that helps me in just about every area of my life
*A reduction in stress, specifically stress that is being held in the body in the form of muscle tension
*Significantly increased blood flow to the extremities, specifically my fingers.
*A more developed sense of my body and it's proper use that gives me loads of energy and confidence on a daily basis
I could honestly go on and on. Alexander is amazing work and Tracy is a goddess of the work to be sure. Working with Tracy has, in just 6 months, had such a positive impact on my life ... I am so grateful ... I look forward to every session ... I can't get enough .... If I had the time and money I would do it every single day ... No lie.
Be kind to yourself and work with Tracy.
"It is a direct way for me to exercise relaxation, concentration and consistently illuminating how I work as a human being"
What lead me to taking Tracy's Alexander class was I had been looking for way in with my acting. In a nut shell, I felt as though I had writers block, but for an actor. I was attempting to calculate each step I'd take, if that step would be any good, what it would mean, how it could be better, etc. All of this before I had even done anything. I had always been a physical person throughout my life; baseball, football, competitive diving, horseback riding, Tae Kwon Do, or even in communicating affection. I seemed to have hit a point in my acting where I was working in a way I thought I should be working in (mentally) rather than starting at how I already work as a human. [Alexander Technique] Seems to me to be a fantastic guide in balancing the use of both physical and mental. Alexander and my work with Tracy has been effective and illuminating in all of my endeavors. Really. I bring up constantly how our work pops up while I'm acting, serving, bartending or playing my trumpet, even horseback riding. It is a direct way for me to exercise relaxation, concentration and consistently illuminating how I work as a human being. I have no intention on stopping anytime soon.
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...
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.
“I'm walking with more purpose, standing taller, and breathing more fully than I can recall in years.”
The Yelp Stars can't truly indicate the benefits I've received in just over a month/5 or so sessions with Tracy at Balance Arts Center.
I came to her via a suggestion from a fellow actor to help with some back pain and general alignment to further enhance my "instrument"/body and bring my full self to each role on the stage or on camera.
In just a couple of sessions, (and after years of yoga and meditation with what I thought was my proper alignment) Tracy worked her magic and had me feeling more relief and a general release that I had not felt in years.
Not ashamed to admit that I've had a couple tearful breakdowns in the very subtle sessions just from feeling that sense of relief.
Never expected that the Alexander Technique and Tracy's touch would help to open me to such a different body/mind experience.
Tracy helps to ensure that you're connected to your body and the channels of energy that run through it are able to do so un-impeded. I'm walking with more purpose, standing taller, and breathing more fully than I can recall in years. Each day I'm working to put to mind many of the notions that we cover within the lesson and guide myself to a full in-body experience with as little tension as possible. After suffering from many sports injuries over the years and general pain/trauma throughout my joints and spine, I've began to feel a steady and gradual shift away from that lack of ease and an overall dissipation of discomfort via Tracy's remarkable guidance and understanding of the Alexander Technique.
I've been singing her praises to friends and family for a while, so when my mother came to visit for her 55th birthday, I surprised her with a session. Afterward, she and I spent the weekend checking in and mimicking some of Tracy's magical words to ensure that we were taking moments to maintain a sense of our muscular-skeletal system's integrity of tension (or as Tracy and the Alexander module refer to it "tensegrity"). Mom still discusses the experience each time we speak! It was a wonderful moment to see the two of them gliding down the hall and my mom seeming as if she'd grown 2 inches and developed a stronger sense of being in her body.
Eternally grateful Tracy!
"The absence of pain I felt was unfamiliar to me--so much so that I wanted to cry....I felt like I had come home to myself after a long time."
After a recent Alexander session with Tracy, it felt natural to remark, "I think you have magic powers." For the last 20 minutes, Tracy had touched, with lightness and precision, my head, ribcage, and back, and she had said a few curious things like "Notice the space behind your tongue," and "Think about the space between your shoulder blades." When I stood up from my chair, I felt grounded, peaceful, and alive. The tension in my hips and shoulders had disappeared, and I experienced, in a conscious and effortless way, the width of my back, the length of my spine, and the connectedness of my body from my heels to my skull. The absence of pain I felt was unfamiliar to me--so much so that I wanted to cry. I had forgotten that this freedom was possible. As I took my first steps, I felt like I had come home to myself after a long time.
It's fascinating to watch Tracy work. It's more like watching a dancer than an "instructor." She moves gracefully with proper "Use,"--the Alexander word for body mechanics--which she transfers to her students via delicate techniques that require 1600 hours of rigorous training to learn. (I know that because I completed 36 hours of it before I balked.) Thank God for people like Tracy who invest the time. They are powerful healers with an attuned skill that is as subtle as it is profound.
Tracy is a beautiful Alexander teacher. I have been her student in both private and group settings, I have utter respect for her discipline, focus, and craft. She brings a warm and grounded energy to her classes, and she instills the same curiosity and reverence for Alexander technique that she feels herself.
Tracy's impact on my life has been both pervasive and practical. Once, she gave me a lesson while I worked at my computer. I started the lesson hunched over, not realizing that I was straining my neck and crunching my legs under my chair. By the end, I was upright, breathing smoothly, and experiencing a radical shift in my ability to be both relaxed and productive. As a result of that session, I invested in an Alexander-ized laptop setup, on which I am currently typing this review. My bluetooth keyboard is at elbow height, my screen is at eye-level, and I am sitting on a chair whose calibrated height allows my torso to find a natural verticality. It's been a game-changer.
Btw, if you're reading this and you don't know that the Alexander Technique is, we need to talk.
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.
At its core, Alexander Technique is meditation for your body. In meditation, you notice your thoughts and release them. In Alexander Technique, you notice your tensions, and with the guidance of a teacher, you release them. As you relax back into your body's proper Use, the results can be, frankly, magical.
"Through my work with her I am developing a deeper more grounded relationship with my body and voice..."
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.
"Tracy and the AT have taught me how to help my body by being aware of its needs. No small feat."
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.
"She is a patient, insightful and a positive motivator."
As a physical actor who regularly practices mime and clown, I find it necessary to check in on my physicality and posture as often as possible. I was new to Alexander Technique when I began working with Tracy, and although she was new to teaching, she made it a clear and accessible concept from the first hour we worked together. She was patient, insightful and a positive motivator. Always checking in with how I felt, and encouraging me to be aware of the changes in my body when something shifted.
I recommended her to a friend who is a playwright and spends a great deal of time sitting hunched over her computer. I think it’s a real testament to Tracy’s versatility and adaptability that she is capable of working with both experienced movers and those who spend their days not moving much at all. Not to mention that she’s just begun her career with AT, and is already excelling. I cannot recommend her highly enough.