The Alexander Technique is a gentle hands on method of teaching body alignment. Aldous Huxley, Sting and Paul Newman are just a few famous students of the Technique, but it is used by people of all walks to overcome pain and discomfort, or to handle challenging physical or emotional conditions. You learn to connect with your body, release habitual holding patterns which may cause that pain and discomfort, and create alignment.
People come who suffer from conditions like chronic back or shoulder pain, locked jaw or stiff joints, or who want to improve their vocal production or simply release emotional patterns, which they do no longer desire. Alexander Technique lessons are deeply restful and quieting the mind.
It is highly effective for anyone who wants to move with more awareness and balance and greatly enhances athletic activity, your yoga or musical practice. The sessions address the mind/body connection in a practical manner.
Even weight loss is an issue of mind/body connection, and can be successfully addressed.
I have worked as a teacher of the Alexander Technique for over 20 years now, and what inspires me about this work these days is that it helps people to find alignment in their body, and thereby healing in the whole person.
I believe that healing arrises from the depth of profound relaxation.
A form of "letting go", it allows us to sink through all the outer excitement of daily life, through physical tensions and emotional blocks, through beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world, to a place within, where we reconnect with the center of our being.
Thus it facilitates the release of holding patterns and stress responses in the whole person,
and leads to alignment on many levels of ourselves.
I have helped people who
... wanted to gain ease and balance in movement,
and heal backpain, stiff joints or a clenched jaw
... were wrestling with stress and sleep problems
... had to address physical injury or rehabilitation after surgery
... wanted to address emotional patterns which interfered with their wellbeing
... wanted to use their voice differently as speakers as well as singers.
Relieve and prevent pain
"Two of the principle benefits to people who study the Alexander Technique are pain relief and prevention. A leading contributing factor of musculosceletal pain (and often its underlying cause) is unrecognized patterns of excess tension. People tend to respond to pain by tensing further which usually exacerbates the discomfort. Because it teaches how to recognize and unlearn these habitual patterns, the Alexander Technique is known for its effectiveness in relieving neck, back, and joint pain for the long-term.
A major clinical trial published by the British Medical Journal in 2008 determined that back pain can be reduced by 85% through the study of the AT." AmSAT
"I've been taking Alexander lessons for many years, from some excellent teachers. But I had never found a teacher whose depth of knowledge, sensitivity to body and soul, yet practical application of the Alexander Technique has so greatly transformed the beneficial workings of my body as Annette Cantor Groenfeldt. More concretely, I sought help from Annette following major neurosurgery on my cervical spine. I had lost most of the nerve functions and strength in my right arm. Since studying Alexander with Annette, I am well on my way to fuIl recovery of that strength, and I know that our work together has been a major factor in this recovery. It has also been a joy to work with her!" Mike Pertschuck, writer
Since 2013 I have also been working with ReConnective Therapy which I study with it's founder, Herwig Schoen and with Kerstin Schoen. RCT reconnects us with our energy body, which contains the information of health, we need, and with our Higher Selves. I experience RCT as a continuation of the alignment work, which I know through Alexander Technique, into the larger context of our spirit and soul. Presently I offer RCT in a session which includes deep relaxation and alignment on the massage table and is 30 minutes long, while an Alexander lesson commonly is 45 min. long.
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"In just a few sessions with Annette, I understood the ‘artistic breath’ and how to use it in a presentation. Whether it be a book reading, singing, acting, athletics ... any creative, physical expression can be enhanced by an understandingofthebreath. Annette showed me how to focus on the sounds, not the words—a new and very effective way to connect with listeners at readings, talks and in classroom workshops.
Backache and stiff neck from sitting too long at my computer was relieved by Annette’s deft use of the Alexander Technique. With a few slight movements she showed me how achieve erect posture, yet still feel completely at ease. This continues to help me, whether I am standing in front of a classroom or sitting at my computer, doing a reading or a book signing.
I highly recommend working with Annette Cantor. No matter the area of physical expression you seek, Annette can help you to reach your full potential!"
Annette Groenfeldt has taught individuals and workshops since 1987. Besides being an Alexander teacher and RCT practitioner, she is a singer and a certified yoga teacher. In her sessions she combines her intimate knowledge of the breath and her experience of her own healing to offer profound guidance and healing. Annette has an exquisite voice and produced several CD's with healing music. Visit www.annettesings.com