Poise and Presence in Modern Living

 

Change how you move, to change how you think and feel:

  • feel taller, stronger and more confident
  • calm your nervous system and decrease stress
  • quickly and significantly reduce pain
  • improve posture and increase energy with healthy movement patterns

You may have tried exercise, yoga, physical therapy, biofeedback, medication, meditation, positive thinking, transformational seminars… but do you actually know how to stop getting in your own way?

Lessons in the Alexander Technique teach you how to really lighten up, how to inhabit your body with kindness, de-pressurize your thinking, stop being in pain, and tune into your senses in a way that supports the joyful life you know you are meant to have.

— A revolutionary method of inquiry and discovery —

The Alexander Technique is an approach to living that insists upon the indivisibility of body-mind. How we sit, stand, and move are a direct result of, and influence on, our mental-emotional state. Luckily this means that change in either realm yields improvements in the other! Discover insights and information about your body and your thinking that transform how you conceive of yourself in time and space, in a way that expands your experience of capability and joy.

Sustainable change takes time.  While you are highly likely to feel lighter in mind and body from your first lesson, a commitment to real change takes commitment and focus. You are learning how to mind yourself, and the results you achieve from lessons in Alexander Technique spill over into every area of life — how you listen and respond in relationships, how you approach learning anything — not simply improvements in your posture.

The Primer Course of 6 hours introduces you to healthy movement patterns to relieve pain and facilitate flexibility. The Proficiency Course of 24 hours deepens your ability to teach yourself, continually improving your baseline of poise to think and move elegantly in all situations.

You are free to take any number of individual lessons, in any combination of hours or half-hours. Discounts are available for pre-payment of a course.

If you are serious about recovering natural poise, being free from pain, and changing the way you react to stress, I recommend The Proficiency Course: Four weeks of 2-5 lessons (any combination of hours or half-hours), followed by weekly lessons for 4-6 months. 

For an investment of $2150, you receive 24 hours worth of lessons that will change how you stand, sit, move, think, and feel in every area of your life. The Proficiency Course includes the option of three home or office visits, up to twenty miles from Asheville.

For $560 — 6 hours of lessons once or twice a week with The Primer Course — you will see significant changes in how you approach movement and thinking.

Try it and see: You may take 3 weeks from your first lesson to decide if you’d like to credit payments for single lessons or The Primer into The Proficiency Course. Want to share?  Couples may schedule a “mini-class” or share individual lessons for the same rates; taking lessons together greatly enhances your recall, observation skills, and motivation.

Single Lesson Rates:  60-minute lessons are $100; 30-minute lessons are $50.  alexanderasheville.com Alexander Technique and yoga

The skills you’ll learn translate to every activity, and there is no end to how much you can improve your effectiveness, performance, and enjoyment of life! You may discover and recover interests and abilities that eluded you for years, or simply find that everyday activities become an endless source of pleasure.

Group Classes provide valuable insights about the myriad ways we interfere with efficiency and ease, and students often find these helpful in maintaining the changes effected in private lessons. See sidebar for current offerings.

Who was F.M. Alexander?

F.M. Alexander

F.M. Alexander

“The real solution … lies in the wide acceptance of the principle of prevention instead of ‘cure’, and the realization at long last, that the most valuable knowledge we can possess is that of the use and functioning of the self, and of the means whereby the human individual may progressively raise the standard of his health and general well-being.”  —Preface to the 1941 edition of The Use of the Self

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was a Shakespearean actor challenged by severe, recurrent hoarseness while performing. Because doctors found nothing wrong with his vocal mechanism, he reasoned that the cause might be related to how he was using his voice. After years of rigorous self-observation and experimentation, he recognized what he was doing that was causing the problem and worked out how to prevent the patterns of tension he had inadvertently practiced throughout his career. He regained a full, rich voice and returned to the stage, with improved posture and overall coordination as well as freedom from the breathing problems he had experienced since childhood.

Alexander continued to develop his technique, exploring the relationship of tension habits, thought and perception to human movement and functioning.  He taught his discoveries to other actors with such success that doctors began referring to him patients with various breathing and coordination problems. As word of his success spread, people came from around the world to study with him.

With more people interested in studying than he alone could teach, F.M. developed a program to train teachers in his technique.  Over 100 years later, there are now thousands of certified teachers across the world.

imageAlexander’s discoveries evolved into core principles, the basis of his practical educational method. Students of the Technique today are as varied as the disciplines that have been influenced by this work: education, medical rehabilitation, skill development, stress management, the performing arts and athletic skill enhancement.

Watch a brief video of this lively man.

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