The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

ENDING BACK PAIN: A NEW BOOK BY DR. JACK STERN

I am really quite excited to be able to share with you the release of a new, excellent tool for ENDING BACK PAIN! Dr. Jack Stern M.D., a NYC Neurosurgeon, has written this incredibly thorough book based in his many years of experience as both a doctor and as a back pain sufferer himself.

As an Alexander Technique teacher, I would say that at least 75% of the students who decide to work with me are dealing with some form of back or neck pain.

This is an incredibly vague diagnosis, however. Many of these people are just on the beginning of a long journey to find the source of their pain and get better. Many of them will be dealing with one or more kinds of doctor as we work together to look at how they move and how that may be contributing to their pain.

This book is something that I will now either recommend, or just GIVE, to everyone who walks through my door with “back pain.” Here is an overview of the contents, and Alexander Technique is only one part (though a very powerful one!) of a much bigger picture:

  • Step One: Unlock your back’s unique pain code
  • Step Two: Prepare to work with health care professionals
  • Step Three: Ensure proper diagnosis
  • Step Four: Embrace various pathways to healing
  • Step Five: Live a life that supports a strong, healthy back

Here is a link to information about the book.

If you have back pain, please don’t hesitate. Read it and begin your journey of healing!

 

 

September 26th, 2014 • No Comments

Jump Start, Jump Turn, Jump Twirl your practice: Exploring The Dart Procedures for Alexander Teachers

WEEKEND WORKSHOP OCTOBER 25, 26

Cost: $350

Saturday 9:30  –  12:30 Group Workshop, 1:30 – 6 private lessons
Sunday 11 – 5 Group Workshop, 1 hour lunch

If you want to discover new energy and dynamism in your teaching, come join us for this workshop encouraging a multi-dimensional, experimental perspective on the Alexander Technique. If you are feeling a little stuck or confused in your teaching, this is the perfect workshop! We will be:

  • Exploring the procedures themselves in the chair and on the floor, using this kinesthetic experience as a reference for how we use our hands in our work.
  • Reading and discussing Raymond Dart: Postural Aspect of Malocclusion.
  • Exploring the innervation of our skin (dermatomes) and it’s relationship to how we experience our own movement and how we use our hands in our work.
  • Any other topics that participants with to explore!
  • September 17th, 2014 • No Comments

    WHY DON’T I TAKE THE TIME FOR MYSELF?

    Do you take time to care for your body at the beginning of the day? Do you find yourself struggling to make that time happen? If so…maybe you are trying too hard! Maybe you just need to lie down and breathe for a few minutes.

    I’m on a mission to get everyone lying down and literally, physically easing into the day. I mean it. Put a towel about an inch high under your head, lie down, and just breathe. Get comfortable. I dare you.

    Sometimes my body feels cranky. I’m kind of scared to face it! I worry that I won’t be able to get comfortable in my own skin, so I don’t even try. I don’t start. I don’t do my self-care practices because I’m scared to face my own discomfort.

    I need support to make that daily commitment to put CARING FOR MY BODY FIRST – in front of EVERYTHING – so that I start my day right. It changes EVERYTHING if I just DO IT. To support myself, I invented what I call The Launching Pad! It makes lying down on the floor comfortable – whether I lie on my back, my side, or my front. And once I can get myself on the floor, I breath easier. I start feeling better.

    I have a bunch of beautiful new Launching Pads if you’ve been thinking about it hint hint hint……to purchase go to the SHOP and specify on Paypal which color and size you like!

    Some are wider and lower – 3 inches high and 14 inches wide:

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    I have three of the higher ones left – they are 4 inches high and 10 inches wide, providing more curve for your thoracic spine and more mobility in the forward/fetal range for your shoulder blades. THESE ONES ARE THE LAST OF THIS SIZE – TO BE DISCONTINUED:

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    And remember – just ease on past that resistance, and take the time for yourself!

     

     

     

     

     

    September 4th, 2014 • No Comments