ONLINE Intro to Alexander Technique: Improve Posture Without Pain 10 Week Series

ONLINE Intro to Alexander Technique: Improve Posture Without Pain 10 Week Series

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Morgan Rysdon and Melissa Brown, Alexander Technique Practitioners

When we try to get out of a postural slump, most of us go "military." We pull our shoulders back, stick our chest out, tighten our stomach muscles, and forget to breathe. This kind of position results in stiffening and pain and is not, in fact, good posture at all. In this 10-class Alexander Technique series, you’ll learn how to release habitual postural tension and compression patterns that can pull your spine down. Discover easier and more efficient ways of moving as well as subtle ways to improve alignment so your spine can extend to its full length. Drop-ins are welcome.
Class 1: Intro to Posture (Morgan) August 4

Do you have poor posture? Have you tried to "stand up straight", but you find it difficult to stay there? Good posture is more natural than most people realize. In this class you will discover what good posture really is and how you can work towards improving your own posture with less tension and more ease.

Class 2: Sit and Stand Without Slumping Part I (Melissa) August 11

We usually sit for long periods of time during the day – often in front of a computer.  Unfortunately, slumping can be hard to avoid and we become fatigued and sore. In this class, you will explore ways to maintain your alignment and remain comfortable while sitting. You will also learn how to stand-up from a seated position without compromising the length of your spine.

Class 3: Sitting and Standing Part II (Morgan) August 18

Every day we do it; we sit and stand. What if this was also the way that you could learn to improve your posture and get rid of excess tension? In this class you will explore how this simple activity of sitting to standing can help lead to bigger changes for your entire body.

Class 4: Walking and Bending with Ease and Poise (Melissa) August 25

We are often rushing around and not paying attention to what we are doing. Become aware of ways that you pull yourself out of alignment while you walk and bend. In this class, we will explore ways that you can release the tension that pulls you down so that your spine can attain its full length. You will learn to walk tall with ease and efficiency. You will also learn to bend with your joints (not your spine) so you can pick things up while maintaining a strong and healthy back.

Class 5: Improve Your Breathing (Morgan) September 1

Do you ever find that you are holding your breath or taking short, shallow breaths? Too often we don’t realize how we are interfering with our breath. Learn skills to better connect with yourself and your breath.

Class 6: Release the Jaw to Find More Ease and Improve Alignment (Melissa) October 6

Do you ever find that you are clenching your jaw? In this class we will look at how to release this clenching and learn how a free jaw can create ease and freedom throughout the whole body and support good alignment.

Class 7: Discover Your Natural Voice (Morgan) October 13

Your voice is the key to clear and effective communication. Learn how to better align your head, neck and torso so your sound can flow and you can connect with others on a deeper level.

Class 8: Reduce Painful Shoulder and Neck Tension that Pulls You Out of Alignment (Melissa) October 20

In this class, you will learn how to release the tension that pulls you out of alignment and causes neck and shoulder pain. You will also look at the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and learn how to move your arms freely (eg to reach, to type, to clean) without compressing your shoulder girdle or neck. This class is especially helpful to breast cancer survivors who have tightness in the upper torso area or limitations in their range of movement due to surgery or other forms of treatment.

Class 9: Practices for Maintaining Good Posture (Morgan) October 27

Posture is too often referred to as a place you need to arrive at. "I have good posture” suggests our posture is fixed and meant to be kept as a constant. In this class you will be introduced to the idea that posture is not a place you arrive at, but rather a state you constantly flow through—time and time again. It is a place where your body continues to reorganize itself in alignment with all the parts of you. Join us and learn skills to be more in touch with your body’s natural and poised posture.

Class 10: Making Good Posture a Habit in Everyday Activities (Melissa)  November 3

In this class, each student will bring in an activity that challenges their ability to maintain good posture. Maybe you want to explore ways to carry a heavy bag without collapsing down? Maybe you are curious about how to best tie your shoes without slumping?  We will look at ways that the whole class can engage in these activities with ease and efficiency.

Please select Quick Checkout when registering. You will receive a confirmation letter for your regisration which will include the Zoom link. Another reminder will be sent 30 mins prior to the start of class.

Free for those being tested or treated for cancer. Please complete this form in order to receive your discount code.  

This program is cosponsored by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Dr. Alison Estabrook, a nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon currently Professor of Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She was founder and chief of the Comprehensive Breast Center, Mount Sinai West, in New York City, and co-founder of Breastlink New York, an affiliate of Radnet.


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