Call for a virtual introduction 646-981-9330
Call for a virtual introduction 646-981-9330
At betterATbeing, Alexander Technique is taught as a way of developing constructive, conscious control of yourself. As a student here, you will learn to reduce unnecessary tension, and with it physical pain and discomfort. You'll learn to put your AT skills to use at any moment of the day to improve your general functioning and performance in all your activities, at home, work or play. And because your mind and body are one continuum, it's not just your body that will benefit. AT can improve how you interact with yourself and the world around you. That's our mission at betterATbeing.
$ 0 - Virtual introduction, 30 minutes
$65 - One one-hour 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 relatively new practice welcoming new students. Fees are the lowest you will find anywhere among AmSAT-certified instructors.
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 subdued entirely.
Many people studying AT also experience a lift in their mood as well as their posture.
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.
Carrington's uniquely effective method of teaching emphasizes the engagement of the postural muscles via the body's elastic, opposing pulls. The teacher's inquiring, guiding touch speaks to the entire individual with each placement of the hands, encouraging a widening as well as lengthening back, and freeing the rib cage for deep and natural breathing.
The Carrington approach grounds the student in fundamental AT principles that are universally applicable in everything you do. Teachers trained in and dedicated to Carrington's teaching legacy are not easy to find in the U.S. and are worth seeking out.
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, stop them; and start thinking about and doing things in new and better ways 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.
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 your self) 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.
Not at betterATbeing.
As an AT student with betterATbeing, the most important understanding you will gain, in each lesson, is directly conveyed by the guiding hands of the teacher.
As your teacher, I depend on my hands to carefully monitor how you are using your body, in ways not possible with a purely visual assessment.
The two-way communication of touch is a powerful exchange that cannot be replicated if teacher and student are not together, in real space and time.
For these reasons, a shared spacial environment is by far the best one for AT learning, and the only one offered by betterATbeing.
betterATbeing is committed to maintaining an environment that provides for the best possible health outcomes and the best possible learning conditions. In-person, hands-on lessons (conducted masked, with impeccably clean hands) are the only service on offer at betterATbeing. There is no remote teaching because the best learning experience is to be obtained by receiving lessons in person.
The health protocols in place in the studio make hands-on lessons as safe as getting your hair cut at a salon. Your teacher has been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Lessons are taught individually, not in groups. The practice has been cut back to just a few students until the pandemic abates, and all students have also been vaccinated. Bring your vaccination card to your first lesson; your teacher will present hers to you.
To avoid any and all risk - especially if you are immune-compromised or aged 65 or older, or living with someone who is - the best choice is to stay at home. You must use your good judgment, and do what is comfortable for you.
The whole point of AT lessons is to improve your quality of life. betterATbeing strives to create the healthiest, most comfortable and most effective learning process available anywhere.
All in-person, hands-on lessons are conducted with freshly soap-washed hands in a carefully monitored, sanitized environment with sound health protocols in place.