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.
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, mind and spirit, and thereby healing in the whole person.
I believe that healing arrises from the depth of profound relaxation.
A form of "becoming more of who we are", 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. When we are unwell, we are missing information from these realms, which would create the health we aspire to. The RCT practitioner facilitates that connection for the client through resonance, much like instuments begin sounding with each other, when one instrument is being played. Inspired by this activation, the clients body then chooses the information it needs in that moment, so that the transformation, which takes place, is in harmony with their souls destiny. I experience RCT as a continuation of the alignment work, which I know through the Alexander Technique, into the larger context of our spirit and soul.
Some examples of working with RCT are: a woman who"s "back went out", over the phone, to feel fine 2 days later. A woman suffering from exam stress feeling ready to face the situation. A man with a hurting shoulder coming back the next week, feeling no more pain. A child who did not sleep through the night, sleeping after a long distance session. A woman with headaches feeling pain free after the session.
RCT treatments are offered in the office in person as well as on the phone or even without a phone call long distance. That allows us to continue working on the process of inner growth, even when we are physically separated, and animals can be treated, as well.
Self Healing Group once a month in Santa Fe, NM, for details check "lessons/fees".
"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
For more information about The Alexander Technique visit: www.AmSATonline.org www.alexandertechnique.com
For more detailed information about RCT visit:
Self Healing Group at Santa Fe Soul. Each participant receives a treatment, and since the energy intensifies when we are in a group setting, the evening should nourish you in a gentle and profound way. There is time for processing and reflection. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm, february 11, march 11, april 8, may 13, and finally in june on Tuesday, june 17. Please call me and confirm the next group.
Alexander Technique workshop at Studio Nia, Santa Fe with Melissa Matson
Sunday, February 23, from 1 - 4pm, dance filled, movement meditation and Alexander principles in action afternoon leaving you refreshed and relaxed.