THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Alexander Technique is an approach to restoring and maintaining the body/mind connection. 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. You can use the Technique passively, ie just come in and get tuned up because you just want to feel better and need to reset. Or, you can learn how to use the skills within your daily context.
I am not teaching you anything you don't already know. It's more that, I help you reclaim a skill that has been overlooked or ignored, and is very useful for managing your physical use, helping with clarity in your thinking and decision making, and recognize your emotion and manage your response. We work together on daily activities like standing and sitting, walking and laying down (yes laying down!) to reveal subtle holding patterns and if you choose to learn the skill, we work together on application. Once a good working foundation has been reestablished and is working for you the applications are limitless.
How long does it take?
Many studies use 24 weekly sessions as a starting point but it is really up to your wants and needs.
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.
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.
In 2003 she 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 dedicate her time and practice of the Alexander Technique both for her own studies and pursuits and most importantly to the people living and working in the Upper Valley Region. She works with people both therapeutically and preventatively. She has successfully assisted people with a wide and varied selection of situations from people living with Parkinson's (care givers included), those living with PTSD, people suffering from repetitive stress injuries, needing assistance with pain management, to musicians, managers, public speakers or those more simply just wanting to feel a little better.
Jennifer is currently a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).