A.T. Ease Alexander

Glenna Batson

Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, mAmSAT, ISATT

 

Today, stress seems the most common threat to health and wellbeing. A global effort is underway to combat stress in all its manifestations — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Numerous how-to books, workshops, treatments, and techniques vie for our attention. Yet, the more you try to implement these strategies, the more you realize that stress is an individual matter. Understanding just how you embody stress – your personal stress reactions – is key to unlocking its hold on you.  You need a customized approach to learning now to restore harmony in your life.

 

What approach, then,  best fits your needs…one that is proactive, with simple steps you can incorporate readily and easily into a busy day?

 

Enter the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple, practical method of body-mind education and life-long self-care. While many mindful approaches exist, the Alexander Technique offers you mindfulness on the go, while at home or work, while learning new moves or polishing performance skills — even while resting. Applying the Technique demands no extra time out of your day.

 

The Technique offers insight into movement freedom and ease that come from an inner, embodied sense of safety. The Technique first helps you identify harmful patterns that interfere with sound postural support. Second, it teaches you how to let go of injurious postures and mental habits.

 

The Technique boosts skill and confidence in performing arts and athletics, the movement arts such as yoga, and even in work settings (computer work, for example). Finally, Alexander Technique teaches you what it really means to rest — either while in activity or in quiet repose. Best of all, the Technique can empower you at any age and stage of life.

 

Founded by Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) the Technique has a century-long track record in helping people modulate stress, reduce effort, and improve performance.

 

Since certifying as a teacher in 1989,  I have helped adults not simply manage stress  — but transform ­it.  Through learning the principles of the Alexander Technique, you will regain a sense of movement ease and effortless support. You’ll learn how the mind and body work together, transforming chronic discomfort into enjoyable, productive living.

 

To learn more about the Alexander Technique and the research, the benefits for the general public, and for people with Parkinson’s disease, consult The Poise Project.

Here, you’ll find a wonderful video about the Alexander Technique by neurologist Dr.David Griesemer.  And, you can learn about the latest scientific research supporting the Alexander Technique from professor and AT teacher, Dr Rajal Cohen.

 

My Clients

I love designing customized programs for mindful self-care. The clients who find their way to my door include:

Adults with chronic postural tensions due to poor use of their bodies, arthritis, or persistent injuries;

Seniors with balance problems or those with neurological problems (Parkinson’s) needing specific coaching in skills of everyday living, safety and self-care;

Performing artists (dancers, musicians, actors), yoga practitioners and other movement enthusiasts.

Is the Alexander Technique for you? How might you benefit from learning how to move with greater ease and freedom in daily life?

Seniors – Would you like to regain a spring in your step and feel more confident in your balance?

Adults – What pleasures in life would await you if you were free from the chronic aches and pains that accompany you on the job or at home?

Musicians and Dancers – What freedom of expression might arise from performing painlessly?

 

My Mentors

My career has taken me down four intertwined paths: dance, the mind-body movement arts (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Dance has been a vital source of inspiration and embodied knowledge, both personally and professionally. I have studied some form of dance all my life – modern, jazz, ethnic and ballroom and earned a Masters degree in dance education.  .

 

For 23 years, I worked as a professor of physical therapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) and remain emeritus after retiring from the profession in 2011. For twenty years, I pioneered a number of research projects in integrative medicine, studying the effects on balance of these different complementary approaches: Alexander Technique and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, and improvisational dance for Parkinson’s disease.

 

Since certifying as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1989, I have advocated for this work by teaching in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, I co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. I conducted the first clinical study in the Alexander Technique on balance (2007) and am pleased to see the growing body of evidence-based research supporting the work.

 

More than a third of a century has passed since I certified. I’ve witnessed enormous shifts within the world body of Alexander – and within the world at large. All first generation teachers have left us a rich legacy, a potent beacon of support for all generations following. Now, the world community of teachers is ablaze with creativity. I feel this is a pivotal moment in the evolution of our work in the world – one open and agile to sharing information, creating new venues for learning, addressing the needs and challenges of multiple populations, and delving into research.

 

At the center of my work is a commitment to ethical practice within the realm of mind-body-spirit integration. This means not acknowledging the influences and effects of the whole person, the complete psycho-physical makeup. To this end, the Alexander Technique is not a form of psychotherapy, but rather mind-body education. The body is the source and means of learning to restore harmony in life.

 

Now in my seventh decade, she sees no end to this learning continuum, and thanks all her teachers for giving of themselves so generously.

 

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