Elizabeth Hurwitt, M.AmSAT, Alexander Technique Teacher
let us introduce you to your Self
You and your Self are about to get better acquainted and spend some quality time together. In partnership with your Teacher, you will become a powerful team, bringing about transformative change. You'll have a fun and exciting time along the way.
Freedom: Get Used to It
Greetings! Welcome to betterATbeing.
What brings you here? Perhaps your back (or some other part of you) has been bothering you? We've got solutions for that, and quite a few other things.
What if we told you that betterATbeing offers hands-on lessons with your own certified teacher of Alexander Technique? And that the dynamic posture you develop in your lessons will help you free yourself from pain and stress?
Alexander Technique (AT) will point you to that pain-free place. On the way, you will go through a series of new kinesthetic experiences and self-discoveries. And you'll become aware of the inseparable mind-body unit we call your Self, and how to use it.
It's simpler than it sounds. But it does take practice, and your teacher's guidance.
Perhaps you thought we'd just get rid of the pain in your back and that would be it?
Well, that certainly would be simpler. Simpler, but not possible. Because that's not the way our neurosystems work. Each part of us affects the whole Self, and vice versa. So when it comes to real change, it's all or nothing.
Luckily, the positive changes Alexander Technique brings about in your Self will help your back, and all the other parts of you, too. You'll get what you came for. And much more.
But you're probably wondering how AT learning works.
How It Works
Your teacher will lead you through a cycle of learning steps - life learning.
You and your teacher will continuously repeat these steps, one after the other and all at once, so that your mastery of them will get better and better.
- First, you'll observe yourself, and notice when you are falling into habits of excess tension that undermine your postural support. Healthy posture, it turns out, is not about holding yourself straight, but about your dynamic freedom to move.
- Next, now that you've become aware of your stiffness and overexertion, you can put a stop to them. Alexander Techique's creator, F.M. Alexander, called this stopping process Inhibition. To do it, you will tell yourself to let go of excess tension, and say No to your automatic reactions.
- Finally, when you have learned to inhibit your unhelpful habits, you will learn new and better ways of doing things. For this, you will use a process called Direction. Direction means substituting your old habits with clear, specific instructions for your neck, head, back and limbs.
By giving yourself these new instructions, you can coordinate your Self harmoniously.
It's a Growth Process
Your new skills for living will soon begin making subtle but noticeable changes for the better in everything you do.
Your experience with Inhibition and Direction will grow with each lesson. Little by little, you'll find your Self growing, too.
Thanks to your new skills, you will begin to take on your full stature, and achieve better balance and well-being.
As a result, you will perform better in all the activities that matter most to you.
How satisfying is that?
AT puts you on a path to practical self-knowledge. If you follow this path, then you'll discover how to stop restricting your own breathing, movements, and voice. With practice, you will learn to reduce your own stress and manage chronic pain
This is mindfulness in activity.
AT will help you to remain mindful in the midst of activity, so you can avoid injury, and keep your poise in challenging circumstances.
AT will help will enjoy your life to the fullest.
At first, mastering your new capacity for Direction will take some patience. But it's well worth it.
Because Alexander Technique taps you into the greatest renewable resource of all: freedom.
To ascertain whether or not to take Alexander lessons, consider whether you are willing to put some time into overcoming pain, awkwardness or anxiety. Then, think about how much you would like to do better at something really meaningful to you. Finally, transform these possibilites into capabilities, by contacting us and letting betterATbeing introduce you to Alexander Technique.
Alexander Technique is an experiential learning process, and you will find that a your first hands-on lesson will answer a lot of questions. Individual lessons are affordable, and what you will learn is invaluable. Fortunately, you can also arrange groups of lessons to obtain reduced rates. So contact your teacher Elizabeth Hurwitt at betterATbeing to learn more, and schedule a lesson to get started.
what students are saying
“I had the great pleasure of studying AT with Elizabeth for a few months just before the shutdown. I was working in busy, high end restaurants, and suffering from back pain and incredibly sore ankles -- making walking nearly impossible after coming home. My lessons with Elizabeth made a massive difference. Not only did all the pain go away, but so did the stress . . . I could always feel a sense of relief from our sessions. More importantly, she gave me the necessary skills to take it with me on my own. Thank you, Elizabeth!”
“I always look forward to my weekly sessions with Elizabeth. She is a gifted and thoughtful teacher. I leave each lesson feeling more attuned to my body—more settled and grounded, but also almost taller somehow. And I carry that feeling with me through the following week.”
“I found Elizabeth to be an empathetic and intuitive teacher, and she makes learning the Alexander Technique a joy. Elizabeth was able to creatively adapt to my particular needs and make a real impact with each lesson. Working with Elizabeth will help you feel more in tune with your body and movement, and enable you to make long-lasting changes to stop habits that create and perpetuate pain and discomfort.”
"To say Elizabeth and Alexander Technique have totally changed my life is a complete understatement...I feel as though Elizabeth is giving me the tools to live more consciously in my body, ultimately giving me the power to heal myself (and live more pain free!) And while Alexander Technique may seem mysterious at first, Elizabeth leads her practice with a down-to-earth warmth that is palpable...with plenty of clever analogies along the way. I’m never short of “aha moments” every week. Cannot recommend enough!"