THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Alexander Technique is an approach to restoring and maintaining the body/mind connection for better self-regulation. It is intended as a method for prevention but is often used therapeutically in tandem with more traditional medically prescribed therapies.
What to expect?
The good news is you will not have to learn any new exercises or stretches. We work together on daily activities like standing and sitting, walking and laying down (yes laying down!) to reveal subtle holding patterns. If you choose to learn this skill, we work together on defining and refining it's technical application. Once a good working foundation has been reestablished and is working for you the applications are limitless. I am not teaching you anything you don't already know. I work with you to reclaim a skill that has been overlooked or ignored for many years, and is very useful for self regulation, managing your physical use, helping with clarity in your thinking and decision making, recognizing your emotion and managing your response.
How long does it take?
Many studies use 24 weekly sessions as a starting point but it is really up to your needs and wants.
How does it work?
Our balance and reflex support mechanisms work in coordination with the head, neck and back. The Technique works to re-establish conscious connection with this relationship to reduce the interference of undue influence with this relationship. When these mechanisms are allowed to work together, good use spontaneously returns, freedom of movement, easier breathing, natural poise and most importantly the freedom to choose becomes more prevalent.
Certification requirements for an Alexander Technique Teacher.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is a not-for-profit organization that upholds teacher training standards and professional expectations for certified teachers of the Alexander Technique. An AmSAT certified teacher has completed 1600 hours of in-person training, over 3 years on an AmSAT approved training course.
Jennifer is the Director of the Alexander Technique Movement Center ATMC in Lebanon NH. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 30 years both privately and academically.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Performing Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester UK. At that time the course was a unique and small course of 88 students studying Music, Dance, Theater and Arts Administration. Majoring in Dance, the main focus of the course was the Alexander Technique and its application to technical ability, creative innovation and performance technique. She completed post graduate studies at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC), Arnhem NL, spending time at both their Dutch and German campuses before moving to New York City (NYC).
In 2003 Jennifer graduated from the Institute for Research, Development and Education in the Alexander Technique (IRDEAT), in NYC. Throughout her training and for several years after graduating Jennifer was honored to assist Ann Mathews on the Graduate Acting Course at NYU. She also assisted weekly for several years on both IRDEAT and American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) teacher training courses.
Jennifer continues to remain dedicated to her practice of the Alexander Technique. She has successfully worked with people on a wide and varied selection of situations including; people living with Parkinson's and their care givers, people living with PTSD, people suffering from repetitive stress injuries, needing assistance with pain management, musicians, managers, athletes, public speakers and people who simply just want to feel better.
Jennifer is currently a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).