ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

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You know that your posture affects how you look, feel and perform.

You know that your posture has a profound effect on your health and well-being.

But…

You are at a loss of how to change things.

You’ve followed all the advice to stand up straight and pull your shoulders back and all you’ve gotten is a stiff neck.

You feel resigned that things will just stay the way they are.

They don’t have to…

 


Studying Alexander Technique with Lauren Hill has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Lauren helped me to develop a practice of turning my attention to how I am holding my own body throughout the day. Since practicing Alexander Technique, my neck and back pain have disappeared, and when they threaten to return I know exactly how to respond. I enjoy the benefits of Alexander Technique when I tell stories, preach, teach aikido, and mostly as I simply move throughout my day.

Kristin Maier, minister, storyteller, and aikido teacher


 

The Alexander Technique can provide you with a new way to approach your posture.

Good posture should not be effortful.

It is more about finding balance within yourself than about finding the right position or external shape and holding on to it.

 


Working with Lauren has been an extraordinary experience. The Alexander Technique is a revolutionary tool that allows my body the freedom to function in the way it was designed. As a Sign Language Interpreter I am a prime candidate for problems such as chronic back pain and Carpal Tunnel which frequently terminates the career of an interpreter. Now I not only have the solution to my back pain, but a way of thinking that is applicable to my whole self. By following the Alexander Technique principles I am able to continue to do what I love with ease. I feel free and empowered.

Gretta Hillestad, CI/CT, sign language interpreter


 

The Alexander Technique redefines posture.

When you take Alexander lessons you will gain a more in depth and subtle understanding of what posture is so you can approach it in a more holistic way.

You will learn that your posture is much more than just about how you hold yourself when you sit and stand.

Learning about your posture is a lot about learning about your habits, the connection between how you think and how you move and how you respond to your world.

It’s about learning about you.

 


I originally came to Lauren because of a persistent neck ache that was not yielding to yoga, to chiropractic, or to trigger point therapy. After a few sessions, it mysteriously disappeared. We continued our work for another year, as it gave me deeper insights into my own patterns of posture and movement, and it continues to inform my own yoga practice and my work as a yoga teacher. I recommend the Technique and Lauren to many of my students.

Maggie Kessell, Founder, Riverbend Yoga


 

Origins

The Alexander Technique is named after F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian actor who was plagued early on in his career with severe vocal problems.

Not able to find lasting relief from treatments offered him by his doctors, Alexander wondered if he might be somehow causing his vocal problem. Alexander began to observe himself in mirrors while he was reciting. He discovered that a pattern of muscle tension throughout his body, caused by interference with the natural balance between his head and spine, was the source of his vocal trouble.

He developed a process for recognizing and changing these debilitating habits enabling him to get back on stage. It is his insights and process that we call the Alexander Technique.

 


The best investment I am making in myself at the age of 73 is taking lessons from Lauren Hill in the Alexander Technique. I am learning the skills I need to live as comfortably and skillfully as possible in a body that has limitations. It is not too late to develop habits that lessen pain and increase flexibility.

Nancy McNeff, Becketwood Cooperative, Minneapolis, MN


 

The reasons people take Alexander lessons generally fall into a few categories:

  • Pain: back pain is one of the major reasons that people seek out the help of an Alexander teacher. But people also come for help with chronic neck and shoulder tension, headaches and repetitive strain injuries. People who deal with chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis or scoliosis benefit from learning tools to better manage their conditions on a day to day basis.
  • Performance: people come to get help performing better at a favorite activity, such as theater, dance, music or athletics; or to simply do their everyday activities with more ease.
  • Prevention: people come because they want to learn how to take a more active role in their health and well-being as they age—to ensure they will be able to do the activities they enjoy doing now for as long as possible.

 

Working with an Alexander Teacher

Alexander teachers most commonly work with students one on one. This allows the teacher to focus the lesson on the student’s unique habits, needs and learning style.

The skills of the Alexander Technique are simple. However, it is often hard to see your own habits, especially at first. Therefore, the aid of a certified teacher can be quite helpful.

Alexander teachers are trained in a very special use of their hands. One of the many benefits of one on one lessons is that the teacher can give you hands on guidance. This can greatly facilitate your learning.

In a typical lesson the teacher will use verbal instruction and this gentle hands on guidance to teach you how to consciously reduce habitual interference with the head-spine relationship and to approach everyday movements with less effort and more ease. You may also work on releasing tension while lying on a bodywork table. Some teachers do teach in groups and this can be a good way to get an introduction to the Alexander Technique.

 


Studying the Alexander Technique with Lauren Hill was an invaluable experience for me. Her approach is accepting, honest, personal, and perceptive, and I feel I now have a strong fundamental understanding of the Technique. Studying the Technique has opened so many doors to me, helping me to understand myself better and to overcome the challenges, both mental and physical, of being a full-time musician.

Karen Kim, violinist


 

What to Expect

Over a course of lessons, you will improve your skills of self-observation, gain the ability to recognize and stop the habits that interfere with your body’s natural poise and coordination, and ultimately apply the skills you learn on your own.

As you learn to harness the connection between how you think and how you move, you can make surprising improvements in how you look and feel.

As you learn to apply the skills of the Alexander Technique you begin practicing an effective, life-long method of self-care.

Although far reaching in its effects, the Alexander Technique is quite simple in principle and can be easily understood by anyone. Students who are most likely to benefit from study of the Alexander Technique have a willingness to learn about and to take some responsibility for themselves.

Students should not currently be experiencing a level of pain or dysfunction that would preclude learning.

 


My work with Lauren has helped me to become much more aware of the tension I habitually carry in my body—in my hips, in the normal posture of my head, neck, and back, even in the way I walk. I now feel more at home, more aware, and less stressed in my body, which definitely contributes to more ease in my life, in general.

Katy Taylor, St. Paul


 

Are you ready to approach your posture and your self-care in a new way?

The first step is to find out more. To test-drive it to see if it makes sense to you.

Invest in your self-care.

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