“When you stop doing the wrong thing, the right thing does itself.”
F. M. Alexander
The Alexander Technique is an educational approach to overcoming harmful habits of movement and coordination. It’s usually taught in individual lessons, and is a highly effective way of solving problems in everyday activities.
The Alexander Technique is an very powerful and practical method for changing patterns of tension and misuse that cause fatigue, pain or injury. It is not a treatment, massage, therapy, or set of exercises, but it can be applied to exercising, dancing, sports, or any other form of movement. It enables you to use thought, attention and awareness to make changes in all areas of your daily life.
Contemporary life, with its fast pace, complexity, and constant change, poses many challenges. Some common examples:
- The commuter stuck in a traffic jam, clenching her jaw
- The smart phone user writing a text and poking his neck forward (“text neck”)
- The student hunched down in the front of the computer, absorbed in her work
- The flutist twisting his neck and raising his shoulders
- The teacher, straining her voice as she addresses the class
We can’t avoid stressful situations, but the Alexander Technique enables us to respond to them more constructively, rather than reacting automatically with muscular tension.
To set up an appointment or for more information, please email me or call (510) 845‑6619.
- Workshop: Alexander Technique for Musicians at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, Sunday, April 30th, 11AM-1PM. Information and registration.
- Yelp: Read what my students say about their Alexander lessons.
- Interview: I talk with Robert Rickover about how the Alexander Technique helps musicians.
- Medical study: Long-term back pain can be relieved through encouraging sufferers to adopt good posture through the Alexander technique, say UK researchers.
- Article: Read my article, The Alexander Technique: A Great Tool for Pianists, in SoundPoint.
- Podcast: Hear Josh Wait interview me about the Alexander Technique.
Watch AmSAT’s video (under 2 minutes) about the Alexander Technique.