What is the Alexander Technique (AT)?
My definition of the Alexander Technique is constantly evolving. As I grow as a teacher and person, my descriptions of AT and methods of teaching also will shift. For now, I believe AT to be a journey of self-discovery. It is not about posture or alignment. As human beings we are faced with thousands of choices everyday, and often we are not conscious of many of our habitual actions. With every single stimulus we encounter, there can also be a choice. Though this may sound daunting, it can also be quite liberating. When we allow ourselves to make choices, we can be fully present to embrace the world.
Who can benefit from the Alexander Technique?
Anyone can benefit from the Alexander Technique. Some people have come to AT for injury, pain relief, performance anxiety, curiosity, mindfulness, and body awareness. As a musician, my hope is that musicians and performing artists, injured or healthy, are able to create the art they desire without pain or injury for as many years as they wish.
How did you become certified to teach the Alexander Technique?
Boston Conservatory at Berklee has an Alexander Technique teacher-training program. The course is a 1600 hour, three year long training full of classes, workshops, reading, and internships. In my third year I had two internships, one with Bob Lada and the other with Debi Adams. We also had biannual workshops with Tommy Thompson, an Alexander Teacher located in Cambridge, MA. In addition, students in their third year are required to teach 150 hours of practicum teaching. To learn more about the program visit: https://debiadamsat.com/teacher-training-course-at-the-boston-conservatory-at-berklee/.
What may occur during lessons?
Lessons are individually tailored to each student. Often a student will bring an activity that they do frequently. From there I try to illuminate options for a student, that they may or may not have realized were available. These choices range from thinking with a different perspective, to physically doing less work to carry out an activity. That being said, during a lesson and when a student leaves a lesson, students have full autonomy and should always feel that way.