To set up an appointment or for more information, please email me or call (510) 845‑6619.
Here’s what students say:
“I was attracted to the Alexander Technique because of research results showing that it can be helpful in dealing with lower back pain. The lessons from Laura have indeed been helpful, not only with regard to back pain but also in everyday activities. Laura is a very gentle person and I am pleased to recommend her.” Peter S.
“I love going to my Alexander lessons! After a long day of teaching Oakland high school students, I look forward to a session with Laura because it is both rejuvenating and engaging. I sought out an Alexander teacher after a musician friend told me about her Alexander Technique training. I thought that this might be just the thing to strengthen my tired teacher’s voice — and indeed, I have learned much about how to use my voice more effectively. However, my learning has been broader and richer than I expected: slowly, building on session after session, I have learned how to soften my jaw; I have gained an awareness of how my feet rest (or don’t rest) on the ground; I have begun to understand what it means to free my neck, to lengthen my spine, to widen my ribs, and to sit, stand, walk, and bend over in ways that maximize my body’s energy. Not only is AT helping my body to feel better — it is fun! I enjoy paying attention to all of the choices about how to use my body, now that I am more aware that I have many choices indeed. I couldn’t ask for a better guide: Laura is kind, firm, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I highly recommend this teacher!” Jessica F.
“Laura is a skilled and compassionate teacher. I first came to her for help with incredibly painful plantar fasciitis. In the 9 months that I have worked with Laura, I have gone from limping and hobbling to nearly pain free. I was skeptical that Alexander Technique could help with foot pain, but it really did. To boot, my posture is drastically improved-from constant slumping to a model stature. I can’t recommend Laura highly enough!” Amy S.
“I have been studying with Laura for two years. She has a very deep and comprehensive understanding of a method that, for me, is extremely helpful in my day-to-day movement through life (deeper self-awareness, and more ease and comfort). She is very sensitive to what the student needs to work on at any given moment. I highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in an enlightened and humane self-work.” Jim H.
“I took Alexander lessons from Laura because I was suffering from tendonitis and repetitive stress issues from playing guitar. At the time I was studying music and aspiring to become a professional musician, so having being pain and being prevented from practicing, or even playing, was devastating. Laura agreed to work with me on guitar, helping me find a comfortable and relaxed playing position before introducing me to a more comprehensive approach to Alexander. I truly believe it is thanks to the Alexander Technique that I have not had any more major issues related to playing. I highly recommend Laura and Alexander Technique for anyone with chronic pain, especially related to repetitive stress.” Roger K.
“I’ve tried the Alexander technique in the past, but now, working with Laura, the difference in improvement to my posture is dramatic. She is very gentle, knowledgeable and above all, truly helpful. Because I do a lot of physical work as a floral designer, she has worked with me showing me how to lift, stand and work without doing injury to my back. I highly recommend her!” Patricia G.
“Laura is cognizant of the rate of learning that each student is comfortable with. I have used the technique in practicing Tai Chi, teaching, public speaking and whenever I need to handle reactions better.” Glenn C.
“I went to Laura seeking a solution to hand, back, and neck tension exacerbated by computer keyboard activity. The Alexander lessons made a noticeable improvement. Perhaps because Laura is a jazz pianist, she might be especially familiar with stresses or tensions associated with using a keyboard of any type. I also found that the Alexander approach to using (directing, actually) your body benefits just about any physical activity. The result has been far less physical tension just by changing a few habitual ways of how I go about doing things. Laura is very experienced, gentle, patient, and insightful with clients. She has a serene work space for her appointments, which is conducive to these lessons. My body could feel the changes introduced during lessons, and Laura’s instructions has enabled me to sustain those changes over time.” Jim R.
“Laura’s clear explanations, gentle guidance and patience allow you to progress at your pace, never forcing, but always opening and relaxing into the full potential that is our birthright. Laura helps our bodies to remember how to move, sit, and lie without stress, tension, and effort.” Hawaii C.