Taught primarily through private lessons, the teacher utilizes highly skilled, hands-on guidance, verbal instructions, and visual aids to assist students in creating new understandings, pathways and options for movement.

Lessons explore every day activities such as sitting, walking, standing, and squatting, as well as specialized activities such as:  athletics, martial arts, dance, theater, and voice, among others, depending on each student’s interests and pursuits.  Students will also be asked to lie on a table fully clothed, while the practitioner moves the limbs and head, to integrate lessons.

Principles from the Alexander Technique are introduced over time, giving students basic tools to apply the technique on their own.

My approach:  Awareness and Embodied Learning

Using the power of awareness, I will work closely with you, helping you at each step of the way to understand how your body works – so that you are able to draw upon its potential to give pleasure and grace.    Understanding how you use your body and what your physical tendencies are, allows you greater freedom of choice.

Students embody ideas through the kinesthetic sense, gathering information about where movements may be inhibited by excess muscular tension or collapse.  Over time, each student learns how to engage in the following process:  recognizing habit, taking pause, and sending new directions – a cycle that is dynamic, adaptive, and continuous at each stage of learning.

Principles at play:

  • Awareness of the self – the preferences, behaviors, patterns, and habits of the self
  • Consciousness in movement (the imagination of the mind in movement)
  • Embodiment (connecting to one’s own identity and center)
  • Improvisational play
  • Observation
  • Dialogue
  • Transformation

“As one goes on, new areas are opened, new possibilities are seen and realized; one finds himself continually growing, and realizes that there is an endless process of growth initiated.” – John Dewey

Did you know that physically embodying metaphors assists with generating more creative ideas for problem solving?  Check out this recent New York Times article where studies show the profound connection between the body and the imagination!

Patrick MacDonald was a first-generation teacher, taught by Alexander himself, beginning in 1932.