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invest in yourself

$ 0  free intro lesson, $60 value

$60 - one regular lesson per week

Discounts are negotiable based on advance commitment to multiple lessons.

Meeting at least once weekly and practicing in the interim will help you retain what you are learning, and give you more value for your time and money.

Meeting twice or more per week, if scheduling permits, will greatly increase your proficiency.

Call 646-208-0187 to schedule lessons with Elizabeth Hurwitt, for AT instruction certified by the American Society for Alexander Technique (AmSAT).

betterATbeing is a new practice welcoming new students. Fees are the lowest you will find anywhere among AmSAT-certified instructors.

anyone can benefit

Actors, singers, dancers, athletes and people seeking recovery from injury or chronic pain are those most likely to study Alexander Technique (AT). 

But  AT can have benefits for anyone.

Learning AT helps us overcome harmful habits of excessive tension, breaking life-long patterns of doing things the hard way.

Alexander Technique teaches us a skill set that facilitates the way we go about all the tasks involved in leading our daily lives and doing our jobs.

As we hone our AT skills, the more able we become; chronic pain and discomfort can be minimized or avoided.

Many people studying AT also experience a lift in their mood as well as their posture.

classic teaching approach

The teaching approach at betterATbeing comes from Elizabeth's training in a teaching lineage leading from AT founder F.M. Alexander through Walter Carrington, to whom Alexander entrusted the continuation of his training practice.

This profoundly effective hands-on teaching emphasizes the engagement of the postural muscles via the body's elastic, opposing pulls. It encourages a widening as well as lengthening back, and frees the rib cage for deep and natural breathing. 

The Carrington approach grounds the student in fundamental AT principles that are universally applicable.

Teachers trained in and dedicated to Carrington's teaching legacy are not easy to find in the U.S. and worth seeking out.

what happens in a lesson?

No special equipment or attire is required for Alexander learning — just teacher and student in comfortable clothing; a table, a chair, and a mirror.

With verbal instructions and gentle touch, your teacher will lead you through new kinesthetic experiences.

You will learn to pay special attention to the relationship between your head, neck, back and limbs, as you exercise your powers of observation and intention.

Over the course of your lessons, you will become aware of your own counter-productive habits; learn how to stop them; and start thinking about and doing things in new and better ways

is this a treatment?

No. Student and teacher collaborate closely in Alexander work. Your participation is necessary for its success.

Your teacher's verbal and hands-on guidance and above all your own direction (self-guided thinking) set the process in motion.

With your teacher's help, you will learn to reorganize your use (your management of the whole pyscho-physical system that is you) to function optimally. 

With Alexander Technique, time and practice will help you integrate improved use into your daily life, for greater ease in all you do

make thoughtful choices

As you study AT, you will learn to resist habitual, debilitating reactions to internal and external stimuli, and make new and better choices.

These changes and more are made possible by the positive effect of AT on general functioning: better balance, breathing, circulation, digestion, mood and clarity of mind. The benefits of AT increase with every minute you invest in practicing it. 

Sign up for a free introductory lesson.