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

Alexander Technique Care
for those who are suffering from pain, illness, or depression

The Alexander Technique (AT) is a method to help relieve mental stress and physical tension, aiding in eliciting the relaxation response, which can have dramatic effects on a person's perceived pain and general well-being, regardless of age, circumstance, or ability. Through the AT practitioner’s gently guiding words and/or subtle touch, the recipient of AT care is brought into contact with their innate ability to overcome the flight-or-fight response (startle pattern), which moves the individual from a state of physiological arousal into a greater sense of safety created by an autonomic nervous system that is functioning more normally.

This inner shift in psychophysical attitude can have potentially huge positive effects on mood and general outlook (often experienced gradually), as well as deliver many physical benefits for those who are suffering. Some potential benefits include improved heart rate and blood pressure, better digestive functioning, more blood flow to the extremities, improved sleep, improved respiration, and reduced pain. The expert care offered by an AT practitioner can serve to introduce an invaluable ray of hope during a highly stressful and challenging time, delivering improved comfort and quality of life, along with a greater sense of personal control, self-worth, and well-being.

The Alexander Technique is not a manipulative therapy like massage or chiropractic, but offers a reassuring presence, through words and/or touch, that very softly guides the individual to let go of places of chronically held tension. When touch is used, it is very gentle, yet appropriately firm, helping a person to feel safe and to trust that they are securely supported in every way, so that it becomes easier to let go into the experience of the present moment, with acceptance.

In my practice of AT, I offer a simple, compassionate, and loving presence that aims to remove as much self-induced internal psychophysical pressure as possible. I stay grounded, centered, and accepting of the individual’s personal experience of suffering, serving as a constant reminder that he/she can stay connected and in loving relationship with the world and people around him/her, experiencing greater ease, despite their current condition of illness or grief.

In addition to the above benefits that I offer through my practice of AT, my own personal wish is to offer a deep heart-to-heart connection, often silent, that aids in uplifting and healing the whole person from the inside out.