ABOUT

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You want to feel more comfortable in your body.

And yet, getting older seems to go hand in hand with increased discomfort.

Nagging neck and shoulder tension. Persistent low back pain.

Maybe not terrible. But always there in the background.

It’s annoying enough that you’ve probably tried a lot of different things to address it.

Massage therapy. PT. Chiropractic. Yoga, perhaps.

You know your posture isn’t great and it might help to work on it, but thinking about it just makes you so self-conscious. Plus, there’s so much conflicting information out there you wouldn’t even know where to start.

Nothing’s “wrong” with you. You look fine. You get by and trudge along through your job and your day.

But you just wish you could feel better in your body.

You’re sick and tired of others telling you to just relax. It’s not that easy. At least not for you.

You go to your massage therapist and she sounds like a broken record. It’s the same every time. “Your muscles are so tense!” It makes you feel like this state is inevitable. Can’t it ever change?

Is your life just going to be more of the same?

It doesn’t have to be.

 

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

 

If you’re ready to try a step in a new direction, you’re in the right place.

I work with people just like you.

I’m Lauren and I teach the Alexander Technique—a way you can learn to be more comfortable in your body.

 

 

In my late teens and early 20’s I was not comfortable in my body. Not in the least. My body just plain hurt. Most of the time.

I’d been in what seemed like a minor car accident when I was in college. I didn’t have any obvious injuries. Several months after that accident, my neck, shoulders and upper back just started hurting. A lot.

Sometimes the pain felt like pins and needles, but I didn’t have any pinched nerves. Sometimes it felt like a burning sensation. Sometimes I just felt so fatigued, like I couldn’t hold my body up anymore.

The pain was always there on the inside. But I looked just fine on the outside.

No doctors could tell me what was wrong. Chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and physical therapy either didn’t help at all or provided short lived relief. Some suggested it was all in my head.

I was uncomfortable sitting or standing for more than a few minutes. I stopped driving any distance. Stopped running and doing exercise that seemed to pound my body. Stopped playing the piano. Getting through college seemed like it might take forever.

But I’m tough. I don’t like to outwardly complain. I made it through college and even grad school.

But the constant pain continued, and I got depressed. And who wouldn’t be depressed if you didn’t know when something so unpleasant was going to end, if ever.

I stumbled upon the Alexander Technique by accident. My mom heard about it at some conference she was at. At that point, I was willing to look into yet one more potential solution. And as luck would have it, it was the right thing for me.

My lessons in the Alexander Technique opened up a whole new world to me. One in which I could begin to understand how I was contributing to my pain.

I began to develop life-long skills to reduce the habitual tension in my body that was causing me to be so uncomfortable.

It was like I finally had a foot in the door and gained a degree of control back over myself that I’d desperately been searching for.

 

Your mother was annoying when she nagged you to slop slumping and sit up straight! But her advice wasn’t all that off track.

She knew that your posture affects not only how you look, but also how you feel and move.

The problem is, there was more that you needed to know.

Some basic common sense for your body.

The Alexander Technique will teach you that basic common sense.

It’s what your body wants you to know. And what you were never taught in school.

It’ll show you how to find balance and ease within yourself.

And most importantly, develop the self-care skills you need for a lifetime.

So that you can be more comfortable in your body.

 

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

 

I didn’t start out life wanting to be an Alexander Teacher. If it wasn’t for those years of chronic discomfort, I’d had in my younger years, I would probably never have found it.

It didn’t solve all my problems, but it has been a literal life-saver.

And I continue to use and build on my skills all the time in order to be as comfortable in my body as I can.

 

photo of Lauren Hill

 

I went through an AmSAT approved 3-year, 1600-hour training program and graduated in 2003. I’ve been teaching in St. Paul, Minnesota ever since. I primarily teach students privately one-on-one but also teach introductory group classes in the area.

In 2017 I began assisting at MinnCAT, an Alexander teacher training course. I also joined the faculty of an annual residential Alexander Technique workshop that takes place in July and December.

I love what the Alexander Technique has to offer because it is simple and extremely practical.

I’m inspired by how the Alexander Technique can help people make positive changes in their lives.

Often the simple things in life prove to be sources of endless learning and exploration. That’s why I’m continually fascinated by this work more than 20 years since my first Alexander lesson.

I regularly do continuing education with a wide variety of senior teachers in my field and in related fields. In 2010, I completed a six month course in the Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf. In 2016 I completed a post graduate course with John Nicholls.

When I’m not helping my students learn how to be more comfortable in their bodies, you’ll find me dancing with my husband, telling jokes, writing, dreaming up next year’s Halloween costume or spending quality time out of doors.

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