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.
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 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.
But 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.
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
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 it’s history is quite interesting.
Let’s face it, trying something new can be a bit scary. Especially, if you’ve already invested a lot of time and money in lots of things that just haven’t worked. How will you know if the Alexander Technique is the right thing for you?
I can’t give you a definitive answer. But I can tell you that if you’re looking for a treatment—something where you can go once a week and basically check out while a professional does something to you—this is not for you.
If you’re interested in developing skills that you can apply to help yourself, and enjoy mindfulness techniques and exploring the connection between your mind and body, this is probably for you.
Private Sessions: Individualized Attention
I am not currently taking any new private clients. 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).
New to the Alexander Technique and not quite sure if it’s the right thing for you? Shoot me an email at Lauren@AlexanderTeachingStudio.com and we’ll set up a time to talk. You can tell me more about your unique situation and I’ll be able to tell you if the Alexander Technique would be a good next step.
The first in-person session is a 90-minute Discovery Session. During that session I’ll learn more about where you currently are, I’ll be able to look at how you sit, stand, and move and begin to show you some things about the Alexander Technique. At the end of the session, we’ll discuss a plan, and I’ll be able to tell you how many sessions I think you should start with.
The Alexander Technique is quite simple. But when it comes to your posture and how you move, it’s hard to see your own habits, especially at first. Sometimes, you just need some outside help. As an Alexander Teacher, I’m trained to use my hands to help you in a very gentle way. My hands-on guidance can help you clearly understand where you hold that unnecessary tension. And how that tension is getting in your way. I’ll teach you how to approach things with less tension and more ease.
I typically prefer to work with students—especially those new to the Technique—weekly and sometimes twice weekly if their schedule permits.
Because success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally but from what you do consistently.
Group Classes: General Overview
Join one of my group classes. 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
Sat Feb 6 (11:00 am – 12:15 pm)
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. This class is being offered online using the Zoom online platform. 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.
Registration is online through St. Paul Community Education
Residential Courses: 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 year due to the coronavirus, the retreat is a 4-day virtual retreat Dec 27 —30, 2020.
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 Technique 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.