I heard about the Alexander Technique from an athlete, an actor, and a musician before deciding to have lessons. Although none of these people could describe what it was, they all conveyed a sense of freedom and confidence in their physical selves that I desired. I’d had chronic low back pain for years and was finally ready to learn a new way to live in my body. During the first month in which I took lessons I also had weekly massages, and I noticed that after a massage I felt “worked on” physically but all told I felt the same about myself…whereas after each Alexander Technique lesson I seemed to inhabit a different me – not just taller, freer, breathing deeply and easily, but with a literal and figurative change in perspective. The more lessons I had, the longer that experience lasted.
At the time I was an aspiring potter, and I felt my teacher’s hands open me up the way I opened up clay on the potter’s wheel. I loved the improvements in my physical self, I was intrigued by this new way of thinking, and I wanted those hands! So after ten years of making pots, I moved to Berkeley, CA for three years of training with Giora Pinkas, a lighthearted teacher of teachers who in 1974 started the first accredited Alexander Technique teacher training program in America.
My teaching is influenced by my personal exploration of embodiment and spirituality. Argentine Tango, time in nature, swimming, and handwriting are favored opportunities to embrace F.M. Alexander’s dream of conscious evolution. I am a graduate of Landmark Education, a student of Abraham-Hicks, and a devotee of Alison Armstrong‘s work on Understanding Men, Understanding Women, and Partnership. An active member of my local teachers association, Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), I served 4 years on the Board of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Ongoing study with more senior Alexander Technique teachers allows me to deepen my understanding and experience of developmental movement and consciousness. I learn from every student who comes to me, and I am consistently moved by their courage, insight, and potential on this collaborative journey of self-discovery.