Alexander Technique

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Remain quiet throughout, but more alert than ever before.” - Margaret Goldie

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is a way of enhancing awareness in activity.  Through the support of ones own constructive thinking and the hands and experience of a teacher, a student has the opportunity to become more aware of what is going on in their body and mind in activity, and with that awareness make informed choices about how they are going about their activities.

 

Ways of Teaching

Emmalee offers in person or online lessons to groups and individuals.  Alexander Technique is traditionally taught one on one and involves exploring awareness, thought, and movement in low stakes activities like getting in and out of a chair, walking, standing and laying down as well as work in specialized activities like playing an instrument, dancing, writing, computer work, or gardening to list a few.

In person lessons generally include light touch from a teacher that helps to enhance awareness of ones body in space, bring into clearer focus ones structure, and potentially support new insights and experiences of ease in movement.

First lesson is free

Work with me for a free 45 minute lesson to see if you are inspired by the Alexander Technique and by working with me!

Sign up for six 45-minute lessons

Sliding scale $30-$50 per lesson, or communicate with me directly and we can find something that works for you!

Sign up for eight 30-minute lessons

Sliding scale $20-$40 per lesson, or communicate with me directly and we can find something that works for you!

 

Alexander Technique and the Nervous System group class

In this six week series, we will talk about the Nervous System through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory and relate it to the work of contemporary Alexander Technique teachers.   

Each class is an hour.  The first class will be open to anyone that wants to check it out, the next five classes will be only those who attended the first class and plan on being there for the whole series.  Information will build on previous classes, and part of the intention of the class is to give us an opportunity every week to co-regulate and practice being in a safe space together online!   Send me your email address if you'd like to be part of the class!

This class is donation based. 

Suggested donation is $15-$30/class which comes to $90-$180 for the six classes. 

No one is turned away for lack of funds!  

You can pay me via Venmo: @emmalee-hunnicutt 

or PayPal: emmalee.hunnicutt@gmail.com 

Let me know if those options don't work for you and we can figure something else out. 

Class 1: Hello!  We will start by setting the class container and introducing ourselves, then we will jump right in!  What is the Nervous system?  What is the Polyvagal Theory?  What is the Alexander Technique?  How are they related? 

Class 2: Start the class with a movement exploration.  Talk about the Polyvagal Theory and the Alexander Technique.  Explore the AT concept of Primary Control/Movement in relation to the Polyvagal Theory.  Look at the anatomy of the spine and skull + cranial nerves + brainstem.  Learn some practical exercises that relate to this lesson. 

Class 3: Start the class with a movement exploration.  Continue exploring Primary Control in relation to the Polyvagal Theory.  Learn some practical exercises that relate to this lesson. 

Class 4: Start the class with a movement exploration.  Trapezius and Sternocleidomastoid anatomy + link with cranial nerves.  AT concept of direction + working as a whole.  Learn some practical exercises that relate to this lesson. 

Class 5: Start the class with a movement exploration.  Breath, Alexander Technique and the Polyvagal Theory.  Learn some practical exercises that relate to this lesson. 

Class 6: Start with movement exploration.  Review and Synthesis of what we've learned!  + Questions and reflection on what this means for you in life and work. 

I will share a Google Drive link with Anatomy and Infographics for reference. 

Would love to have you on board! Send me your email address if you'd like to join us!

What students have to say

"I’m working privately with Emmalee and highly, highly recommend her. I’m already way more productive with my writing and more at ease in my body. This is after three sessions. Yay!!"   -Rob Blackwell, Writer and Pianist

"Emmalee is an advocate for people, and you can tell instantly that she’s not trying to “change” you or “fix” you. She is a great teacher. She stands beside you to learn things together, never talking down at you from above. She is generous and kind and fun."       - Ben Hjertmann, composer, Asheville, NC, August 11th, 2020

Research and Reference Materials 

Body Learning by Michael Gelb 

The Alexander Technique for Musicians by Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke 

How You Stand, How You Live, How You Move by Missy Vineyard 

Teaching By Hand, Learning By Heart by Bruce Fertman 

Looking At Ourselves by David Gorman 

Non AT texts that have influenced my study of the Alexander Technique 

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve by Stanley Rosenberg 

The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge 

The Neurobiology of We by Daniel Siegel

Book Report on The Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YbexTMrdRu0H34n87R6MS95VRPnkkXvt/view?usp=sharing