Back in April of 1985, I attended a lecture–demonstration on the Alexander Technique. As I sat listening to the teacher talk about the technique, I was fascinated. And not only that, I knew right away that it was going to be a big part of my life.
I’m not sure how I knew that because I didn’t receive any hands–on work that day. In other words, I didn’t have a direct experience of the Alexander Technique. In addition, I knew very little about it. But somehow I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it was going to be my life’s work. (So I’m one of those people who believes in love at first sight!)
After that, I took private lessons for 3 years. Then, in 1988, I began the training to become a teacher. The training took three years and involved 1600 hours of class time. In 1991, I began teaching – which means I’ve been teaching now for 22 years. I’m one of the most senior teachers in the Boston area.
Among many other benefits, the Alexander Technique has given me work that I find richly rewarding: I get to work one–on–one with many interesting and highly motivated students! In addition, the technique has transformed the way I approach sports. Over the years, my balance, coordination and awareness have all improved. Beyond that, though, my quality of life has dramatically improved. Whenever I teach, I invariably feel better: I have a feeling of well–being, calm and quiet strength. And best of all, I feel as though I have a spine now.
I work with all of the groups listed under “Who Can Benefit from the Alexander Technique?” in the section called “What Is The Alexander Technique.” For example, I work with many performing artists and many people who suffer from chronic pain. I do have one area of special interest, though. I enjoy working with athletes. I myself am a life–long athlete: among other sports, I’ve been riding since I was six and skiing since I was nine. When I work with athletes, I teach a combination of the Alexander Technique and the sport. For example, I work with riders both in the office and on the horse, and I work with skiers both in the office and on the ski slope. I enjoy showing these athletes how they can benefit from the Alexander Technique while they’re actually doing the sport.
If you’d like to learn more about my sports background, you can read my article The Alexander Technique and Sports Performance. If you’d like to learn more about how I work with riders, you can read my articles Improve Your Ride with The Alexander Technique. If you’d like to learn more about how I work with skiers, you can read my article The Alexander Technique and Skiing.
Finally, in addition to my Alexander Technique certification, I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For ten years I taught psychology at the college and high school levels. I use this background to create a safe, warm environment for my Alexander students, so they can learn and make positive changes in their life.
I have three offices where I teach Alexander lessons – in Cambridge, MA, Maynard, MA and Wilton, NH. To find out more about these locations, you can go here.
If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can go here.