Remember when you were a kid, and you didn’t really know how things were supposed to be?
You’d do crazy things like eating mud, kissing trees, and falling asleep with your head at the wrong end of your bed, just for fun?
Well, I’ve never stopped being that way, and I don’t think you should either. That way of being was natural, and it’s a way of thinking that can be the best resource for change throughout your life.
Most people who come to work with me because they have a problem to solve. A few examples:
– Shortness of breath
– Tight voice
– Chronic injury
– Narrowing range of motion
– Bad posture
These folks are usually creative, passionate and really motivated in their lives. They are also trying so hard to get where they want to go that they may have stopped considering how to get there. And no, efficiency isn’t everything. I prefer fun over efficiency myself!
My absolutely favorite moment in a lesson is when my student realizes how shockingly easy a familiar movement could be, how different it can be from what they thought was “right.” You mean I don’t have to push my shoulders back and down in my back when I raise my arms? I don’t have to “stand up straight? Maybe the way I’ve been doing this is wonky. Maybe I could…..just….
d o i t d i f f e r e n t l y!”
You don’t have to join a gym, or do more exercises. You can just explore the life you are already living with a more open mind! Watch this month’s video for some crazy ideas.
My experience shows that we have to “work” at doing things differently. Our habits have become comfortable, and not doing them can be almost itchy. It’s in that moment of not scratching the itch, though, that something new can happen.
This joyous, vigorous, embodied process of transformation called the Alexander Technique is the best way I know of getting out of the troubles we get ourselves in. As John Cleese said:
“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS /////
////// NYC WORKSHOP SERIES: Four classes for $150, Wednesdays 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
FINDING YOUR CENTER: HEAD, TORSO, AND BREATH
What & where is your center, anyway? Discover the centrality of your spine and central nervous system, experience unified coordination of movement and breath.
– September 7, 14, 21, 28
////// CHESHIRE, CT, WORKSHOP FOR ALEXANDER TEACHERS: MAPPING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM $60 for 4 hours
Learn new practices for mapping the self through the structure of the central nervous system, expressed at the level of our skin via dermatomes. Through the organ of our skin we are constantly in contact with the world and each other. How is upward direction brought about through this contact?
– Saturday, November 12, 10 – 3:30
To register, contact Michaela Hauser-Wagner at: email@example.com
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////// HOW DO I FIND OUT IF YOUR WORK IS WHAT I NEED?
– Come for a free 15 minute consultation – call me and come visit my studio!
– First lesson with full consultation, one hour 15 minutes: $135
////// OK, BUT THEN HOW MANY LESSONS SHOULD I HAVE, AND WHAT DO THEY COST?
– One lesson at a time, one hour, no committment: $120
– 5 lesson package: $570 ($115 per lesson)
– 10 lesson package: $1100 ($110 per lesson)
– 20 lesson package/ongoing study: $2000 ($100 per lesson)
////// DRAT. I CAN’T AFFORD THAT MUCH EVERY WEEK:
– 5 lesson slots are available at $85 per lesson for those in need. If all those slots are full, I can put you on the waiting list. Please call!
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