What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique teaches whole body awareness to help you move with ease and efficiency. Throughout our lives, we create habits that interfere with the natural way our bodies are intended to move. The Alexander Technique teaches you to notice and get rid of undesired habits, allowing day-to-day activities to become easier and more enjoyable. You can apply the principles to everything you do, including sitting, walking, working at a computer, and playing an instrument or a sport.
When applying the Alexander Technique to the guitar, you learn to hold your instrument and move in ways that are more efficient and less taxing on your body. Musicians who study AT not only avoid injury and have less pain, but they also become better musicians.
More information on the Alexander Technique can be found at www.AlexanderTechnique.com.
Amy's Training in the Alexander Technique
Amy is in her fourth year of study with the Contemporary Alexander School to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She first discovered AT when she was in intense pain and diagnosed with carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome while in a masters program in guitar performance at California State University, Fullerton. She took Alexander Technique lessons with Dory Steinmetz (American Society of the Alexander Technique - AmSAT), and Christie Johnson (Alexander Technique International - ATI). AT helped Amy complete her masters program and continue to enjoy performing and teaching the guitar without pain. She chose to become an Alexander Technique teacher to be a well-rounded educator to her private guitar students, and to bring AT to the guitar community.
Amy recently completed an internship at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she worked with instrumentalists in private and group settings.