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Recent feedback from students: "The class made a vast difference in my posture after just the first session" --iREC class at University of North Carolina Asheville
"Just wanted to give you some feedback from yesterday...Today I felt SO much better...can't believe my back did not hurt...and I cleaned my whole house and did some gardening...Thank you again...I will definitely recommend your work to anyone in pain."--student email after her very first lesson
What is Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is an intelligent way to solve common movement problems that cause chronic pain and stress. It is a way to notice your movement habits, release compression and move with ease and expansion. A proven self-care method, it is a set of skills that you learn to relieve pain, prevent injury and enhance performance.
With the Alexander Technique, you learn how to strip away the movement habits and tension patterns at the root of your discomfort. You learn how to balance your own body and take charge of your own health. You learn how to sit, stand and move with safety, efficiency and ease.
Trained in the art of observation and expert guidance, an Alexander Technique teacher leads you through a one-on-one learning process tailored to your needs. Over a course of lessons, you learn to release muscular tension and restore your body's original poise. As you address your entire body -- not just segments -- you learn to improve your overall functioning.
Michele Drivon is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (www.amsatonline.org),meeting international standards for teacher training (1600 hours over 3 years). She teaches group classes, private and semi-private lessons in Asheville, NC.
Contact Michele Drivon for further information or to schedule a lesson.
ClickÂ here to watch video about the Alexander Technique
What are the Alexander Technique's benefits?
Back problems - A study published in the British Medical Journal shows 86% reduction in low back pain through lessons in the Alexander Technique. See the video above.
Self care - As the premier form of self care, the Alexander Technique helps people prevent injury and recover from chronic back, hip and neck disorders, traumatic or repetitive strain injuries, balance and coordination disorders, arthritis and muscle spasms.
Skill enhancement - Athletes use the Technique to help them improve strength, endurance, flexibility and responsiveness. Performing artists use it to lessen performance anxiety while improving concentration and stage presence. Public speakers use it to improve vocal projection and voice quality. Those in business find it enhances presentation skills and increases confidence.
Mental health - As your posture and movement style improve, you look and feel better. As your breathing capacity expands, you have a greater resource of energy. Physicians recommend the Alexander Technique to lessen the depression and anxiety associated with chronic conditions.
Noted actors, musicians and athletes have used the Alexander Technique for over 100 years to enhance performance and stage presence. Among them are Sir Colin Davis, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Paul McCartney, Kelly McGillis, Paul Newman, Lynn Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Mary Steenbergen, Sting, Robin Williams, Joanne Woodward and members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States. The Alexander Technique is a proven, effective way to promote wellness and optimize functioning by eliminating body misuse in everyday activities. AmSAT's mission is to establish the Alexander Technique as a basic and recognized resource for health, productivity, and well-being.