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How can the Alexander Technique benefit me?

There are many great reasons to learn the Alexander Technique.
Here are some common ones:

1. Prevention or alleviation of health problems including:

  • back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • headaches, tension, stress, and fatigue
  • joint pain and TMJ syndrome
  • poor posture and faulty body alignment
  • voice, breathing, sleep, and digestive disorders.

2. Improved balance, strength, mobility, and endurance for hobbies and everyday activities such as:

  • cooking, crafts, and carpentry
  • standing, walking, and climbing stairs
  • texting, typing, and tea ceremony
  • carrying backpacks, laundry, and children
  • gardening, shoveling snow, and yardwork
  • birdwatching, fishing, gongoozling, and yoga
  • hiking, bike touring, and traveling.

3. Elevated performance in physically and technically demanding pursuits such as sports, music, dance and theater.

The Alexander Technique helps you alleviate habits that interfere with the efficient, effortless, and optimal functioning of your whole self, thus bringing you closer to expressing your full artistic or athletic potential.

4. You'll gain foundational knowledge about your body and improve its functioning.

Maybe you're curious about how human bodies work—or ought to work. Maybe you like the idea of improving your use and making the most of what you've got. Maybe you're just plain curious about the Technique and want to experience it for yourself.

5. Last but not least, my students occasionally have fun during their lessons with me!

Can lessons with Elaine help me with my specific health, wellness, or performance concern?

Only you can determine that. Talk with me or, better yet, come in for a lesson to see if the Alexander Technique offers what you're looking for.

As a reference, here are some of the specific conditions that I have helped my students to alleviate or overcome:
  • back pain, scoliosis, and hyperlordosis
  • shortened stature due to stooping or other habits
  • tension (neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee, ankle)
  • pain, fatigue, or instability when standing or walking
  • seemingly uneven legs or a protrusive belly or rear
  • flat feet (fallen arches), bunions, and plantar fasciitis
  • tendinitis and RSI from computer or phone use
  • tension headaches, TMJ syndrome, and teeth grinding
  • hoarseness, shortness of breath, and sleep apnea
  • trouble hitting high notes (vocalists and instrumentalists).

Am I a good candidate for Alexander lessons?

If you are willing to learn and open to change, then yes.

What happens in a lesson?


Who was Alexander?

I demonstrate how to get in
or out of a chair while
keeping my back lengthened.

Raising an arm overhead can be helpful learning tool.