I've done no exercises, yet my back feels great! That is the result of a 100-year-old method called The Alexander Technique. This approach has been used by thousands of people, including Paul McCartney, Sting, Julie Andrews, Aldous Huxley, Linda McCartney, Paul Newman, members of the British Royal Family and Robin Williams. Why don't more people know about this non-invasive, life-changing method called The Alexander Technique? There are no ready answers, but one might guess its emphasis on observing and changing is not what we're used to.
Alexander Technique is offered at most music, dance and drama schools throughout North America, Europe and Australia. However, it's not limited to performers. Using the computer, brushing your teeth, walking to the car or picking up your socks can be a painful chore or can be morphed into grist for the mill. With guidance, everyday actions can be easier and stress free. At its core, Alexander Technique identifies compressive habits that might otherwise go unnoticed, habits that affect how we feel. For example, if your back hurts as you hunch over the computer keyboard, you might be in the grip of a habit combined with misinformation. In our modern world of faster stronger more, the Alexander Technique takes a step back, slows us down for a close look at how we're doing what we're doing.
Take washing dishes, as another example. Are your legs tensed? Are you bending at a false joint, somewhere in your mid-back? That hurts. Instead, you can learn to use your knees and hips to bend, thus allowing the spine and back to expand naturally. Are your neck and shoulders chronically tensed? The root cause is startle reflex. Learning about how to change this pattern is an essential part of the Alexander Technique. Even our language describing our intentions can be unhelpful.
Words affect us more than we realize. Take the word posture. Instead of it producing a positive result, this word is often stiffening. Or the words, sit up straight. This phrase usually leads to contraction and pain. Deepak Chopra said it best: words are more than symbols, they are triggers of biological response. You can substitute the words balance, ease, and expansion to assist change. Our stress hormone, cortisol, goes down when we are expanded rather than contracted. How to expand without trying is the essence of the Alexander Technique.
It is taught through gentle hands-on guidance and verbal cues, looking at everyday actions such as sitting, bending, reaching, breathing, lifting, standing and walking. Specialized uses helping the way you approach playing music, singing, acting, practicing martial arts, dancing well, you get the idea. Nora Nausbaum offers both workshops and individual lessons in her downtown Grass Valley office. She has taught the Alexander Technique since qualifying for certification in 1988 at the Center for the Alexander Technique in Menlo Park, CA. Nora is also a professional flutist.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Alexander Technique is non-invasive. You learn to help yourself.
Professional Associations & Certifications
- Certified by AmSat, STAT.
- Grass Valley, Nevada City, Nevada County, Auburn, Placer County
- Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, VISA, cash
|City||Grass Valley, CA|
|Address||908 Taylorville Road, #103|
|Phone Number||(530) 798-9585|
I qualified to teach The Alexander Technique in 1988, having attended the three-year, 1600-hour teacher-training course in Menlo Park, The Center for the Alexander Technique.
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Individual lessons are the ideal way to learn about habits that cause tension, stiffness and pain.
Weekly reinforcement is the best way to change ingrained ways, cultivated over many years. During an individual lesson, we look at how sitting, standing, reaching, walking, lifting, and bending can be easier and lighter.
There are no exercises; rather the new, more balanced way becomes part of you as old habits are replaced by better ways of moving. Part of each lesson you lie down, fully clothed, on a padded table. You lay with your head supported and your knees bent. Lying down takes full advantage of gravity, the teacher's hands-on gentle guidance, and is very relaxing.
Learning these new ways of thinking and moving takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the force and length of one's habits and other factors.
Most people learn incrementally as they continue each week. They notice less pain and greater ease as the process continues. The student decides when to stop lessons, usually when the stiffness or pain abates.
Nora guided me with her touch and her words. I felt the weight shift and my back and neck felt immediately better Gradually, I learned how to change my own patterns. Now I am completely pain free. Once in a while, I return for a "tune up.
It has been a great help to learn how I can be more comfortable playing my transverse silver flute. It isn't an instrument that lends itself to comfort. Also creating space for singing - how all these body parts of mine lend themselves to confidence and projection.
I've already told my friends and family about the fantastic experience I had with Nora Nausbaum. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know.