The Alexander Technique teaches you to move with more freedom,ease, efficiency, and awareness. Through visual, verbal and hands-on guidance, you learn to access your body's natural support and to release patterns of compression that can interfere with breathing, relaxation and performance. This approach to functional movement can increase your comfort in everyday activities including sitting, standing, walking, and home and work-related tasks; it offers greater coordination and integrity to the practice of yoga, martial arts, sports and dance; and it can improve performance in speaking, acting and playing of musical instruments.
By finding more natural support and using the body more in accordance with its design, we can emerge from the confines of postural habits that put excessive pressure on our structure. In this way, the Alexander Technique can also help both prevent and heal from chronic and repetitive stress injury.
For more information on the Alexander Technique, visit
http://www.alexandertechnique.com/at.htm, or view the excellent video on the right.
Studying the Alexander Technique
It is recommended to take lessons more frequently at the start of your study- more than once a week if possible. You will be learning to recognize the ways you habitually interfere with your body's coordination, and to re-direct those impulses. Your teacher will also be guiding you in ways that re-train and re-connect the support of postural muscles that function largely subconsciously- i.e., muscles that are not under voluntary control. More frequent lessons at the start of your study will help your nervous system to integrate the information more efficiently. As lessons progress, a student may wish to work with the teacher in applying the technique to specific movement or performance activities.
Individual or semi-private sessions are 45 minutes in length.
If you are interested in group sessions, please contact Beaker to find out if one is in the works
Regular 45-minute Individual Alexander Technique Session Rates- August 16-May 14
Single lesson $55
Three lesson package (to be completed within 2 months), paid in advance $150
For summer packages of greater than three lessons, or for student and senior discounts,contact Beaker.
Beaker's Alexander Technique Bio
Beaker received her certification to teach the Alexander Technique by ATI in 2013, after completing a six year, 1,200 hour training apprenticeship under the guidance of Dale Beaver in Columbus, Ohio. Her apprenticeship included study and training with Martha Fertman, Meade Andrews, Bob Lada, Bill Conable, and several other teachers in the technique. Beaker enjoys working with musicians, dancers and other performers. She also enjoys working with yoga and fitness practitioners, and helping physical therapy patients who wish to use their bodies more mindfully and effectively in their exercises.