"People imagine that their bodies are disobedient and unreliable in carrying out their wishes, whereas nothing could be further from the truth."
Walter Carrington -- whose influence informs my practice through my training with Tom -- was uniquely important to the field of Alexander Technique. He worked directly under F.M. Alexander and preserved and communicated 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 approach to teaching, documented in his published lectures and practiced by his trainees, enables students to achieve a well-organized use of themselves which I believe surpasses that of all other AT practitioners. It emphasizes and promotes a widening as well as a 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 want my students to receive.
Elizabeth Hurwitt describes teaching Alexander Technique. Film by Dustin Lee and Robert Freedman.
I'm originally from the S.F. Bay area. After college, I moved to NYC's Upper West Side, where I joined a church choir of trained singers and actors, who encouraged me to study voice and Alexander Technique. I ultimately became a performing arts administrator, helping to shape and sustain a few small but stellar companies on New York's concert-giving scene.
In parallel to teaching AT, I serve as Development Director of Copland House, a unique creative center for American music based in Aaron Copland's historic home in Cortlandt Manor, NY. I live in lower Manhattan with my husband Elliott Hurwitt, a music historian.