Alexander Technique 101

I offer one-on-one Alexander Technique sessions. Let me tell you more…

What is it? The Alexander Technique is an awareness practice concerned with exploring how we inhabit our bodies. We discover how our physical and mental habits and stories affect how we “use” our bodies and how we “posture” during our daily life. Through myo-fascial release and re-educating structural patterns we touch back into our innate birthright design. What emerges is natural poise, ease, presence, a sense of lightness. We become more comfortable in our body during our activities and even in our thinking. It’s a fascinating process of rediscovery.

Why try it? Some motivating reasons are to relieve pain and tension; improve posture; relieve headaches and TMJ; feel more comfortable in your body; develop more awareness; improve performance whether it’s playing an instrument, singing, playing sport, public speaking; find more comfort while chopping vegetables, meditating, writing, doing yoga or working at your computer; relieve fatigue; regulate anxiety or depression; relieve pain from conditions such as arthritis or repetitive strain injuries; or to try something new because nothing else has helped your problem.

What is a session like? When you arrive for your “lesson” (you see, the idea is to learn something) first you tell me a little about your story or your day. Then, depending on where I’m drawn to by my observation or by what you tell me, I will start the hands-on work by gently placing my hands somewhere on your body — perhaps your neck, shoulders, or back. Or, I may begin somewhere else, perhaps at your feet. I continue using my hands, my observation and my whole self to listen to what your system tells me. I may ask for your feedback and you can give me feedback or ask questions at any point. We begin to have a dialogue listening with our non-verbal kinesthetic awareness as muscles and fascia release, joints begin to move more freely or your heart and mind become more quiet. We might work while standing up, sitting down, in movement, or while you’re lying on the the table. We might take it into an activity such as reading, writing, working on a computer, playing an instrument, or driving a car. As your system responds we might put words on what you’re sensing or noticing.

My goal is to help free your body of excess tension so that you experience more integration and support. You become more in tune with the natural intelligence of your system. There is more being and less doing. I will provide you with tips and techniques on how to tap into more of that goodness during your daily life. I will suggest ways you can explore the work between lessons. I’m an anatomy nerd so I teach you something about that, too.

About AT jargon. There are a bunch of principles within the Alexander Technique and I will slowly introduce them to you. Ideas like primary control, directions, the inhibitive moment, non-doing, end-gaining, pulling-down, debauched sensory appreciation. Yes, I just used the word debauched. Some of the language that F.M. Alexander used to describe the discoveries he made during the early 1900s is pretty awesome.

One final note. The Technique supports you to explore new ways to inhabit your body. This will require you to lessen your commitment to habitual patterns and ways of being. You start to say no to habitual ways of using yourself that may be creating pain and dysfunction. You discover new choices available in your body and mind that will help you feel better as you go about doing what you want to do in your life.  You say yes to new possibilities. Amazing things happen including one of the most well-loved benefits of all — you stand taller.

Making an appointment. Sliding scale $90-$65/hour. Though one or two sessions can be useful, having a series of lessons over a period of time generally results in more lasting benefits. My schedule is variable and flexible. Email or text to set up a session. | 617.877.1700

Last few of details. Just wear your comfortable clothes. My studio is in my home In Lincoln and there is plenty of parking. We have two cats and eight rabbits. Lastly, please avoid wearing scented products including clothes washed in highly scented laundry detergents and softeners. I am sensitive to chemical scents and they often induce a headache.

Thank you. I look forward to working with you. Peace.

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wendy cook

I was born in the beautiful Australian highlands and have lived in Boston twenty-five years. I am grateful for this precious life. Even and especially when life sucks and is really hard. We are interdependent with all beings and I believe, in essence, everyone wishes to happy. * Practicing yoga since 1987 and teaching since 2000. * Trained four years in the Alexander Technique and teaching since 2014 . * Have completed a three-month solo meditation retreat while staying in a hermitage in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. * Love to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. * Co-habitat with a husband and two cats -- Bella Bodhicitta and Gonpo Maxx. * Volunteer in rabbit rescue and have at least a dozen house bunnies at any one time, many of them fosters. * Night owl. * Love to chant. * My wish is to benefit others from a heart of compassion, wisdom, and power.

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  1. I have been receiving Alexander lessons from Wendy for over a year now. I can say with confidence that it works! I began with moderate to severe sciatica pain and after a few lessons with Wendy the pain began to ease. With Wendy’s help my mind and body are more connected, allowing me to better deal with life’s stressors without my body reacting with tension and pain. I continue to benefit from lessons as I learn how to improve my body awareness and posture along with better managing my anxiety. Wendy is a wonderful teacher and a cheerful and positive influence on my life. I highly recommend her to anyone!


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