Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Alexander Technique teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
513-923-0921

The Alexander Technique is an effective method for relieving pain, stress, and tension, and for eliminating obstacles to natural poise and well-being. Developed by F.M. Alexander in the late 19th century, AT allows a person to enjoy taking responsibility for improving the use of the mind and body as a whole, leading to improved health, optimal functioning, and naturally graceful coordination.

Lessons are calming and enjoyable, and students generally feel greatly refreshed, relaxed, and/or energetic afterwards.

CONTENTS BELOW:

-BENEFITS
-PROBLEMS/CONDITIONS A.T. CAN HELP
-HOW IS IT TAUGHT?
-APPLICATIONS
-WHO IS IT FOR?
-12 WAYS A. T. CAN HELP PERFORMING ARTISTS
- THE NEED FOR A.T. IN EDUCATION

BENEFITS
pain relief, injury prevention, and ease of movement
improved general health and functioning
stress relief
skills and performance enhancement: develop consistent success
better posture and coordination
natural breathing
change habits
enjoy greater creativity and energizing curiosity

PROBLEMS/CONDITIONS ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE CAN HELP:
back pain
arthritis
postural problems
asthma and other breathing disorders
RSI & carpal tunnel syndrome
stress in daily life
chronic pain

HOW IS IT TAUGHT?
AT is taught in a hands-on manner, the teacher gently guiding the student through simple movements, much as a music teacher or athletic coach might. The student learns how to change unhelpful habits and how to redirect energies in more constructive ways. These new skills enhance physical and mental well-being, as well as performance of activities of all kinds, from everyday movements such as walking to highly skilled activities such as playing a musical instrument.

APPLICATIONS
Everyday and Specialized Activities
Working at a Computer
Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Acting...)
Walking, Standing, Sitting
Yoga
Sports
Vocal Use
Personal Growth
Dressage
Meditation
Learning New Skills

WHO IS IT FOR?
Virtually anyone, of any age: musicians, dancers, actors, chronic pain sufferers, athletes, the wheelchair bound, executives, computer-users, parents, children, doctors, pilots, engineers, homemakers, etc.

12 WAYS ALEXANDER LESSONS CAN HELP PERFORMING ARTISTS

1. Prevents/relieves overuse and misuse injuries

2. Relieves stress and excess tension

3. More effortless and natural movement

4. Restores natural breathing in activity and enhances general
health and functioning

5. Replaces poor posture with graceful poise

6. Increases consistency and success, boosting self-confidence and alleviating performance anxiety

7. Increases physical endurance through better alignment and balanced muscle tone

8. Enhances technical skill, and improves sound quality for musicians

9. Inspires curiosity and joyful creativity, reducing mindless repetition and boredom

10. Increases alertness, leading to more focused and efficient learning

11. Develops a greater range and freedom of artistic expression through the enhanced ability to access and process emotions

12. Aids in the realization of potential


THE NEED FOR A.T. IN EDUCATION
Intelligent self-care should be taught as an integral part of any educational process. Alexander Technique teaches intelligent self-care to anyone open to learning. It is never too late -- or too early! -- to learn.

As a certified Alexander Technique teacher and active professional musician, I see far too many professionals suffering from unnecessary chronic pain and stress, both of which interfere with optimal performance and threaten career and personal fulfillment. A huge percentage of students and professionals experience tendinitis, back, shoulder, and neck pain, performance anxiety, burnout, and blockages in the development of their technical skills and creative expression. After a student graduates and takes on the pressures of a demanding job, it can be very difficult to remedy these types of issues, and quite costly once the discomfort becomes severe enough to seek out therapeutic attention.

I strongly believe that stress and pain prevention should be addressed and taught early on as part of the formal educational process. Students need to develop an array of self-care tools in order to recognize when pain and stress are threatening well-being and optimal performance, and learn how to change the unhelpful habits of living and using mind and body that cause these problems, so that they can enjoy their full potential without falling into the downward-spiraling traps of overuse and misuse of themselves.

The Alexander Technique is a resource that is recognized the world over for improving well-being, health, and productivity. Over a century old, it is used by performing artists and people from all walks of life to improve mind-body coordination, prevent pain and stress, and to increase constructive, conscious control of the individual.

Having my feet firmly in both the professional world of the arts and in the educational wellness arena of the Alexander Technique, I have a unique perspective on the issues that face students as they prepare for a career after graduation. It is my wish to bring my knowledge of the Alexander Technique to as many people as possible, to encourage a new culture of intelligent self-care which will help students ease into healthier and more joyful ways of living, with successful, fulfilling careers.