April 2021 update: The teaching studio has now reopened, and anyone who is fully vaccinated is welcome to come for hands– on lessons.
I am also offering online sessions, and socially distanced lesson outside in my lovely Berkeley garden!
To set up an appointment, or for more information, please email me or call (510) 845‑6619. The Alexander Technique can be of great help in dealing with stress during extraordinary times like these.
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.
- Visit my page on Facebook.
- Yelp: Read what my students say about their Alexander lessons.
- Interview: Robert Rickover and I discuss 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: Josh Wait interviews me about the Alexander Technique.
Watch AmSAT’s video (under 2 minutes) about the Alexander Technique.