You want to feel more comfortable in your body. And yet, getting older seems to go hand in hand with increased discomfort.
Persistent low back pain. Nagging neck and shoulder tension. Maybe not terrible. But always there in the background.
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 it just makes you so self-conscious. Plus, if you remember to stand up straight (which doesn’t happen very often) it just makes you feel stiff. 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. 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 teach the Alexander Technique—a way you can learn to be more comfortable in your body.
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 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. To understand how your postural and movement habits are getting in the way—and how to change them. And why how you think is instrumental to how you move.
Most importantly, it will help you develop the self-care skills you need for a lifetime. So you can be more comfortable in your body.
The Alexander Technique might just be one of those things that you always knew you needed but never knew existed. Maybe you’re hearing about it now for the first time? It’s actually been around for over 100 years! And its history is quite interesting.
Group Classes: General Overview
Join one of my group classes currently offered through St. Paul Community Education. You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of the Technique and benefit from the group dynamic. Group classes are especially good if you’re not in a lot of pain and are good at taking basic ideas and applying them to your specific situation on your own. All group classes are geared toward those with no prior experience with the Alexander Technique—but anyone at any level of experience is welcome to attend or repeat a class.
Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Saturday, Feb 19, 2022
Online (via Zoom)
Developed in the Victorian era, the Alexander Technique is still very relevant today. Learn about the history and principles of this 100+-year-old technique for improving posture and managing pain. Participants should be in a space large enough to stand and walk around a bit as well as sit at the computer to attend the online class.
Online registration is through St. Paul Community Ed.
Alexander Technique: Redefining Posture
Thursdays Apr 7—May 12, 2022 (no class Apr 21)
Highland Park Middle School
975 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul
(enter from parking lot off Montreal Ave)
Explore practical ways the Alexander Technique can help you better understand and improve your posture so you can experience more joy and ease in everyday movement. Just “standing up straight” is not the answer! Some work will be done on the floor. Students should bring a mat.
Online registration is through St. Paul Community Ed. Registration is not yet open for the spring session. Class size is limited. Register early.
Constructive Rest Virtual Group Practice
Online (via Zoom)
Mondays Feb 7—Mar 7
4:45—5:15 p.m. (Central US Time)
This class consists of 5 30-minute live guided Constructive Rest sessions. We will progress from exploring the basics of the position and mindset to better understanding how to incorporate Alexander Directions into this practice. Audio recordings that you can download will be available following each session. Open to anyone. Mixed level group. If you’re new to this floor practice please review the Constructive Rest page before you join.
Private Sessions: Individualized Attention
I am not currently able to take any new private clients. Please contact me to be put on a waiting list if you’d like to be informed when I start taking new clients. Alternatively, please visit AmSATonline.org to search for an AmSAT-certified teacher in your area (teacher search function in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage).
Residential Course: Immerse Yourself for a Week
Join me in southern California each December for a week-long immersion in the Alexander Technique. Since 2017 I’ve been teaching alongside a team of veteran Alexander teachers at this annual residential retreat
The retreat normally takes place Dec 27 — Jan 1 at the beautiful Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California. Located in a canyon overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it’s a very special setting for this great week of exploration and learning and to welcome in the New Year!
This workshop welcomes you wherever you are in your study of the Alexander Technique. Come and spend a week with a variety of highly skilled Alexander teachers in a community setting. Have fun, enjoy yourself, make new friends, and take practical skills home with you to use for the rest of your life!
The Alexander Technique Workshop is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, both as a college professor and administrator and as an Alexander Technique student. It could not have been better organized or have more outstanding, masterful faculty, as well as intelligent, interesting participants from around the world.
It was a life-enhancing, even transformative experience for many. The atmosphere was extremely positive, caring, supportive, energizing, and stimulating. I came away a happier, more whole person.
Barbara Lister-Sink, Ed.D.| Director, School of Music, Professor of Piano, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC (2017 workshop participant)
Custom Workshops and Presentations: Just for You
I’d love to create something just for your group, focused on your interests and needs. In-person or virtual.