The Alexander Technique, my posture, and my neck pain.
I had bad posture for decades. I slumped over my musical instrument, and then slumped everywhere else.
On a job in the late 1990′s, began experiencing pain and numbness in my right hand. The pain continued to worsen over the following days, weeks, and months. I eventually had an MRI of my spine. It showed the problem was bone spurs in my neck, pinching a nerve leading down to my hand. The pain in my neck was now as severe as my hand, and was affecting every aspect of my life. After seeing several hand surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, acupressurists, a Rolfer, massage therapists, etc., I took an Alexander Technique lesson.
By this time, as I walked (slumped) into my first Alexander Technique lesson, my neck pain was debilatating. My neurosurgeon had already told me that he wanted to “give it six more weeks” before we scheduled the operation on my neck to repair the pinched nerve. Although I was thinking that I would probably have the surgery, I had recently heard of the Alexander Technique and wanted to give it a try. I walked into the lesson with the faint hope of being cured or ‘fixed’. I walked out knowing that I could fix myself. What I was shown was logical, simple, precise, and practical.
After studying the Alexander Technique for a relatively short time, the pain began to diminish— I was no longer causing it. My body began to heal. Week by week, I was feeling better and better. I was eventually able to resume performing—with less pain, and more freedom.
In 2000 I enrolled in the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) teacher training course in New York City. In addition to my training I dedicated countless hours practicing, studying, and reading about the Alexander Technique. ACAT’s training consists of attending school three hours per day, five days per week, for three years.
I received my Alexander Technique teacher certification from ACAT* and AmSAT** in 2003, and have been teaching the Alexander Technique full-time ever since.
-Current faculty member of ACAT’s Teacher Training Program.
-Certified Professional Coach (CPC). Coaching has proven invaluable in helping my Alexander Technique students incorporate the Alexander Technique into their lives.
I have taught the Alexander Technique in the following facilities:
-Barnard/Columbia University Department of Physical Education.
-The New York Spine Institute, Garden City, Long Island.
-Step Into Stride Physical Therapy, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
-The Collective School of Music.
-The 92nd Street Y.
-A.R.E. Holistic Health and Wellness Center.
I regularly receive recommended from:
-Dr. Martin Ehrlich MD., MPH, Medical Director, Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC.
-Dr. Alexander Simotas-Hospital For Special Surgery, NYC.
-Dr. Anthony P. Geraci- founder of NeurOasis, NYC.
*American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT)
**American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AmSAT)
Phone: (917) 709-4648