When I took the Alexander Technique classes with Heather in Chicago at the convention in 2013, the results for me were amazing. I took both of her classes and also had a private session with her. As the days and weeks passed after the convention I continued to focus on the principles she taught and consistently reviewed the handouts from class. I used care to sit the correct way and stand like she taught – a more relaxed but erect posture than I expect I had prior to her instruction. For literally six months I had no back or other pain that I can recall. I found the strategies for Alexander Technique as they applied to being a piano technician extremely useful and I still want to find an instructor in my town so I can return to my pain free life! I still think about her great class!March 2017: Cheryl – Keyboard Technician, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
I’ve been singing in choirs for a number of years and have always found weekly rehearsals exhausting, coming away with back pain, a sore neck, and always slightly hoarse. I tried physiotherapy and massage therapy which both helped a lot, but offered only temporary relief, because I’d just redevelop the stiffness and tension. I learned about the Alexander Technique from an acquaintance who had studied theatre and dance years ago, and thought it might help me. It did, a lot!
Now I can sit or stand and sing in a totally relaxed and balanced way. My neck, face and throat work together without muscle grabbing, allowing my voice to soar freely. I am making huge progress with my voice lessons because I’ve learned how to keep body tension out of the way of vocal technique. My choir just did the Messiah, a very long and challenging vocal work, and for the first time I got through all the rehearsals and performance with no pain, no vocal fatigue, and energy to spare at the end.
Not only has it helped my singing, but now I move with freedom and ease through everything I do. I no longer haul myself out of chairs with a grunt, I walk farther with an easy tireless stride, and I do all my bending, lifting and housework without any back pain. I’ve acquired knowledge of my body and how to best use it that will keep me moving, singing and living with ease for many, many years.January 2017: Shawna – singer, seamstress, animal lover
What a difference you have made in my life. The ease of movement, self-awareness, and sense of grace you inspire are so natural, yet so incredible to have “re-awakened” at this point in life. Thank you for enabling the “potential” in such a professional, intuitive, yet very fun manner! December 2016: Debra – lover of cycling, swimming, fitness, classical guitar
I still use your handouts to help me… You are such an amazing teacher!
September 2015: Emily – pianist, Master’s Degree performance student, piano teacher (after being away for a year)
Excellent. Great course. Lots of think about. Heather is brilliant! I believe that she would be a great addition to another convention in the future. This was exceedingly useful. Simple to understand. It was really beneficial. I’ll definitely practice these techniques!
July 2015: Participant Comments from “Body Basics: Back” class at Piano Technician’s Congress, Denver CO
Very helpful, interesting. This helped my tension. Life changing. This was a great class, and very important as it relates to our field, and our ability to do good work over the long term. I want to study more in the future.
July 2015: Participant Comments from “Body Basics: Tune Yourself for Well-Being” class at Piano Technician’s Congress, Denver CO
Loved it! This will change how I work and live, and prolong my career. Great intro to the subject with basic movements and positions to lesson stress on the body. Unbeatable.
July 2015: Participant Comments from “Body Basics: Shoulders and Arms” class at Piano Technician’s Congress, Denver CO
The class on Alexander Technique was very good and I found it applied quite nicely to what piano technicians need to address to counteract the effects that accumulated poor body mechanics, poor posture, and repetitive motion stress have on the body.
July 2015: Glen – piano technician, fitness trainer
I really enjoyed our session yesterday. I had forgotten how good I felt after my lessons, and it has already begun to ripple over the rest of my day! I feel the release in my body when I soften my big joints… it’s pretty awesome!
April 2015: Lisa – coach, writer, pianist, with former spinal cord injury
Hi Heather. I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me. I can feel the difference in my back and neck when I re-focus with Alexander technique in mind. This is very good for me.
March 2015: Shelley – landscaper and gardener
I’ve been noticing that the Alexander Technique is helping a lot. Of course, I still have a lot of practice to do in terms of incorporation. However, the chronic pain in my upper back and neck has gone down significantly since I’ve been practicing. That is very exciting for me.
February 2015: Marian – on disability due to serious head, neck, back, injury in auto accident (comments after one single Alexander Technique session.)
I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the tools that you’ve taught me in the last few months. I don’t think I would have been able to undertake what I did without that knowledge. What you do is amazing and I’m so fortunate to be a part of it – I tell everyone about it!
January 2015: Joanne – mom, gardener, artist
Wow Heather! My body has just felt better and better all day! I feel like the tin man, fully oiled and released from rustiness ready to learn to move! Thanks so much!
April 2014: Patricia – pianist, music teacher, choral conductor
I have really enjoyed your lessons and your teaching style…I cannot thank you enough for your patience thus far and inspiring me to better myself as a musician.
March 2014: Emily – pianist (Master’s Degree performance student), piano teacher
I attended a workshop with the BC Registered Music Teachers and was very impressed with the ideas and techniques you presented. I think further sessions for myself would be beneficial for both me and my students.
November 2013: Mila – pianist and piano teacher
I wanted to thank you so much for facilitating the workshop. It was so informative and the work is absolutely fascinating! I found myself having a great time playing with the principles you gave us on Saturday and my morning practice session for the concert was greatly changed, particularly with re-thinking the head/neck balance point. And the changes seem to be reflecting themselves in everything from sitting, standing, climbing the stairs, getting out of the car…even getting up from the toilet !! It’s quite amazing the resounding effects. I can’t wait to learn more!
October 2013: Patricia – pianist, music teacher, choral conductor
Very helpful and very interesting. It was very enjoyable and informative…Well thought out and well presented. Wonderful! Thank you for offering this. Much needed…Great class. I am going to find an instructor in my town!
July 2013: Participants at introductory A.T. classes, Piano Technician’s Congress, Chicago, Il.
I went to Heather’s class this past June and just have to say: it was AMAZING! Highly highly HIGHLY recommended; fun, inspiring, and a truly good quality introduction to Alexander Technique (or refresher course if you already know AT.) Heather’s very good at teaching this, and you’ll feel inspired! Hope everyone goes.
July 2012: Jen – Flutist & flute teacher, to colleagues at the Conservatory of Music
Thanks again for presenting such a great workshop last week. I have some patients that I am recommending attend the next session at the end of this month. On a more personal note, I have continued to bring awareness to my C0/1, as much as possible, and good things are happening in my very battered cervical spine. Thanks for the instruction!
June 2012: Erin – Chiropractor
I really enjoyed your workshop yesterday. You were very easy to understand and you did a great job of presenting the Alexander Technique! I learned a lot from the evening and will practise relaxing and the hip hinging which will take some time for me. I also understand now why balance is so important and I learned more about proprioceptors which is where I think my problem lies. I also felt so much better being aware of my weight transfer into the ground.
June 2012: Sue – Runner
Thank you Heather. Before the course I thought I was aware of posture and how to hold myself properly through yoga or Pilates, but after learning the Alexander Technique I realize there is just so much more to explore and be mindful of. I look forward to applying many of these techniques into my piano playing.
December 2011: Brennan – Piano Student, group class participant
Learning the basics of Alexander Technique has made a big difference in how I use my body and I experience more freedom of movement in walking, washing dishes and my yoga practice. Thanks!
December 2011: Tina – Yoga student, group class participant
I found that the Alexander Technique course opened up a completely new way to think of movement – from lying down to dancing. I love how there’s so much new to think about.
December 2011: Doris – group class participant
The introductory series has been “transformational”. I am learning to move in a much more conscious manner – be more aware of unhelpful patterns – think about practical applications in my daily life. I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you for your skill, inspiration and enthusiasm.
December 2011: Pamela – Amateur harpist, group class participant