I love the life-enhancing work of teaching Alexander Technique. When I give you a great lesson, I benefit as much as you do: it's a win-win, collaborative endeavor. I look forward to getting to know you, and helping you gain the skills you need to feel and function better. I'm committed to giving you hands-on instruction of the highest quality, and my training and experience give me the tools to deliver on my commitment.
I started AT in my twenties. As an avocational singer, I came to Alexander Technique hoping to breathe more freely. But ultimately AT did much more for me than I expected. I found that the taller I stood, the more I grew as a person. Reorganizing my body required — and brought about — reorganizing my whole self for the better. I took AT lessons for ten years with Pamela Anderson (at that time, the director of the American Center for Alexander Technique). To complete my journey, I undertook the 3-year, 1600 hour program to teach AT, required for certification by the American Society of Alexander Teachers.
Alexander Technique is a vital, life-long resource I'd like to share with you.
When I decided to become a teacher of AT, I trained with senior teacher Tom Vasiliades, director of Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development. Tom's approach to teaching was forged by his work with revered AT figures John Nichols and Walter Carrington (see below). Beyond the extraordinary skill of his hands-on work, Tom is remarkable for his integrity, humanity and quality of care.
Since starting my teaching practice in 2017, I have continued pursuing post-graduate studies with Tom, and spent 4 years assisting him in his in-person course at The Juilliard School, Evening Division. Alexander Technique is a never-ending series of discoveries, and Tom is an invaluable teacher, mentor and friend.
"People imagine that their bodies are disobedient and unreliable in carrying out their wishes, whereas nothing could be further from the truth."
Walter Carrington passed on a very special way of teaching through his hands-on work with a generation of teachers (including my own mentor Tom Vasiliades and Tom's mentor John Nicholls) as well as through his writings and published lectures. Originally intending to become a clergyman, Carrington was uniquely important to the field of AT for the clarity with which he communicated the principles of the Technique. He worked directly under F.M. Alexander and preserved and shared Alexander's teachings in the first AT training course at Lansdowne Road in London, which F.M. entrusted to Carrington on his death.
Carrington's powerful legacy of hands-on practice and clear verbalization in instruction enables students to achieve a well-organized use of themselves. It emphasizes and promotes a widening as well as lengthening back, freeing the rib cage for deep and natural breathing. A Carrington teacher's inquiring, guiding touch speaks to the entire individual with each placement of the hands. With minimal manipulation, this touch imparts a deep, direct experience of AT.
My work at betterATbeing is dedicated to carrying on this potent approach to Alexander Technique. This is what I wants my students to receive.