Alexander Technique Lessons
with Jacqueline Novikov
Discover A Life of Easy Movement
Knowledge, Mindset, and Skills for comfort in daily life and tools to achieve expert performance.
Learn to move, sit, and stand with, not against, the biomechanical design of your body to reduce pain and unnecessary tension.
Approach challenges with curiosity, notice feedback from your mind and body, and learn to regulate your own nervous system.
Become your own teacher, as you learn to make small adjustments throughout your day to reduce habitual pain and discomfort.
What is Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a learning process that helps you find more comfortable and efficient ways to use your body in daily life and specialized activities, and helps you better regulate your own nervous system. This involves learning about your bio-mechanical design, exploring ideas related to the mind-body relationship, and discovering less effortful habits of posture and movement.
Is the Alexander Technique a therapy?
While students often experience a reduction in aches and pains, due to improved body coordination and stress management, the Alexander Technique is not a therapy nor a medical intervention and cannot cure pathologies. It is an educational process that helps students make improvements in their own habits of posture, movement, and mind.
What should I expect in an Alexander Technique Lesson?
In the course of a lesson, students may sit, stand, walk, or lie down as the teacher uses verbal communication and gentle touch to guide a student through movement, helping them notice and reduce their own patterns of unnecessary tension that may be interfering and restricting their options for comfortable movement.
Students are also encouraged to bring in their own activity ideas from daily life, so they can explore and discover easier ways to perform activities. Activities can be as specialized as singing, playing an instrument, or sports training, or can be as common to daily life as: writing, working on a computer, texting, knitting, sitting, picking up a baby, washing dishes, etc.
I’ve tried yoga and massage. I even bought an ergonomic chair, but I still have regular neck and back pain. Can the Alexander Technique help me?
Massage and therapies can help you after you’re in pain and exercise can help you strengthen weak muscles. The Alexander technique teaches you to recognize and change your unconscious patterns of posture and movement that lead to pain, so that you can interrupt the pattern in real time and redirect yourself into better ways of sitting, standing and moving before your body starts hurting.
My back hurts, but my doctor says that nothing looks wrong.
The muscular-skeletal system is designed to work in a particular way. Over time, we develop unconscious habits of movement and posture, where we either depend on the wrong muscles to do things, or use the right muscles, but use them more than we need. These scenarios put extra pressure on certain joints (especially in the neck and lower back), leading to chronic pain, injury, and labored performance of specialized activities (e.g. athletics, performing arts, artistry). Learning to use yourself more efficiently will redistribute the pressures of gravity, body weight, and movement more evenly throughout your muscular-skeletal system and take pressure off vulnerable joints.
Where do you teach?
Malden, MA (map) and online.