Alexander Technique Lessons and workshops in Cincinnati and the Tri-State area with Claire Rechnitzer

Additionally, people in physical training such as athletes or singers, people in physical transition such as pregnancy, adolescents in growth-spurts or people recovering from illness or injury, and people who use their bodies in performance such as actors, dancers and public speakers often seek lessons to help them meet the challenges of their endeavors. However, rather than teach precise or ‘correct’ mechanics of any particular activity or skill, Alexander Technique teachers focus on helping students prevent interferences with a whole host of organic and natural functions, and to find measures of support for unhindered functioning. Simply put, that means getting out of our own way.

More often than not, people from all walks of life seek Alexander Technique lessons to cope with and relieve common aches and pains, whether chronic or acute. 

Who it's for:

  • Actors:  taught for decades at leading drama schools around the world, Alexander Technique helps actors effectively adopt the features, mannerisms and voices of the characters they portray while safely navigating raked stages in period costumes. It can also help break the kind of telling habits that lead to typecasting.
  • Musicians: in addition to helping with the physical challenges of holding and manipulating instruments for hours on end, Alexander Technique is a practice of presence, affording instant insight to keep practice and performance fresh and expressive.
  • Pregnant Women and New Parents: my own experience of my twins and later my singleton stretching and moving about during lessons showed me how space can be made and maintained to avoid lower back pain and pressure on internal organs. Holding babies and toddlers with minds of their own can be even more challenging than holding inanimate objects of greater weight, but the technique can help parents support little ones in an easy and soothing manner.
  • Athletes and Dancers:  experiencing the potential rebound effect of effective weight delivery and appropriate force can make gravity an ally to increase power and endurance. The Technique can also help prevent fatigue and injury by heightening awareness of common but unconscious misuse of muscles and joints.
  • Singers and Public Speakers: experiencing breathing and vocal production as a postural process helps singers and speakers maintain steady sound and projection to effectively command their space and their audience while avoiding strain. The technique can also help meet related challenges such as prolonged standing with music folder in hand or manipulating presentation aids.
  • People Who Spend Prolonged Hours at Desks or on Their Feet: finding proper support and learning to avoid the common pitfalls of relatively sedentary activity can help relieve and prevent back, shoulder and neck pain as well as headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Standing with uncompromised structural integrity can help prevent sciatica, achy feet, stiffness and exhaustion. People who do a lot of heavy lifting learn to adopt positions of mechanical advantage that will prevent strain and over-exertion.