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Effective teaching perfects your poise

Study Alexander Technique (AT) with betterATbeing, and you will get better at being yourself. And because the effective teaching method used in your AT lessons will benefit your Self, these benefits include helping you to reduce unnecessary tension, pain and discomfort. So in between lessons, you can put your AT skills to use improving your general functioning and performance.

One Self

Our minds and bodies are one continuum. So it's not just your body that will benefit by your lessons. You'll find you will be improving how you interact with yourself and the world around you. And to help you do that will always be our mission at betterATbeing.

Elizabeth Hurwitt, betterATbeing

What can AT do for you?

Effective teaching at betterATbeing: the Carrington approach

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.

What will you learn?

Learning AT helps us overcome harmful habits of excessive tension and break lifelong patterns of doing things the hard way. Because Alexander Technique offers a skill set that makes everything easier and more pleasurable. How? By helping us get better at all the tasks we carry out in our daily lives, doing our jobs, and pursuing our favorite leisure activities.

As we hone our AT skills, the more able we become. So chronic pain and discomfort can be minimized or avoided. And 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 with Tom Vasiliades. Tom conducted his formative post-graduate work under John Nichols and Walter Carrington.   F.M. Alexander entrusted tCarrington with the continuation of his training practice. And Carrington may well have preserved Alexander's  work in its most authentic form.

Effective teaching for greater freedom

Carrington's teaching method is uniquely effective. Among other things, it emphasizes the the postural muscles' engagement via the body's elastic, opposing pulls. The teacher's guiding touch speaks to your entire Self with each placement of the hands. And this touch encourages a widening as well as a lengthening back. And it frees the rib cage for deep and natural breathing.

Teachers trained in and dedicated to Carrington's teaching legacy are not that easy to find in the U.S. So it is valuable to know that Carrington practitioners are well worth seeking out. Because the Carrington approach grounds the student in fundamental AT principles that are universally applicable in life.

Taking lessons with betterATbeing

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No special equipment or attire is required for Alexander learning. Because the teacher and student. in comfortable clothing, a table, a chair, and a mirror, are all it takes.

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.

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

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

Your teacher's verbal and hands-on guidance, as well as your own direction or self-guided thinking, set the process in motion.

With your teacher's help, you will learn to reorganize your use and management of your whole psychophysical system. And this will help you 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.

Your teacher depends on her hands to carefully monitor how you are using your body. And this is not possible with a purely visual assessment.

For these reasons, a shared spatial environment is by far the best one for AT learning. And the only one offered by betterATbeing.