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Find Your Poise

Learn Alexander Technique (AT) with betterATbeing, and you will get better at being yourself. That's because your AT lessons will benefit the whole psycho-physical organism that is You. These benefits include helping you reduce unnecessary tension, pain and discomfort. And in between lessons, you can put your AT skills to use improving your general functioning and performance. 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?

The 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

Learning AT helps us overcome harmful habits of excessive tension and break lifelong patterns of doing things the hard way. Alexander Technique offers a skill set that makes everything easier and more pleasurable. How? By helping us more intelligently conduct 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. 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's formative post-graduate work was with John Nichols and Walter Carrington.  It was to Carrington that F.M. Alexander entrusted the continuation of his training practice. And Carrington may well have preserved Alexander's  work in its most authentic form.

Carrington's teaching method is uniquely effective. It emphasizes the the postural muscles' engagement via the body's elastic, opposing pulls, which differ from individual to individual. The teacher's guiding touch speaks to your entire Self with each placement of the hands. This touch encourages a widening as well as a lengthening back, so the rib cage can be free for deep and natural breathing.

The Carrington approach deeply grounds the student in fundamental AT principles that are universally applicable in life. Teachers trained in and dedicated to Carrington's teaching legacy are not that easy to find in the U.S., and worth seeking out.

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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.

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. 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, in ways 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.