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Alexander Technique News & Events

May, June 2019 – Nanaimo Alexander Technique Studio closed for 3 weeks

Happy Spring 2019.

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Heather Walker is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in Nanaimo, B.C.  She teaches the technique to anyone who wants to find more freedom of movement, better posture, and more awareness and ease in everyday actions.  Her students learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.

Heather is also a professional musician, with a busy performance schedule.  In celebration of the end of the 2019 music season, she is taking a 3 week break to travel and rejuvenate.  The Sound Being Studio will be closed from May 20th until June 11th.  Alexander Technique sessions resume on June 12th, 2019 and continue througout the summer.  Please don’t hesitate to email or phone for more information or to book a session.  250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com

For more information about the Alexander Technique, you can also go to:

https://alexandertechniquecanada.ca/

May 2019 – Alexander Technique for Parkinson’s disease

Quote from “The Poise Project” website:

People with Parkinson’s and their partners ask:

“What else can I do for myself besides taking my medication?”

Alexander technique is a way of managing symptoms for people with Parkinson’s.

While dance or exercise programs offer satisfying and necessary periods of choreographed, aerobic or strengthening movement, Alexander technique works directly with cognition to teach new ways of thinking about organizing movement while carrying out exercise or during daily activities away from class.

Lessons involve verbal instructions and hands-on guidance to teach self-management strategies that improve and, as much as possible, restore functional movement patterns enabling the person with PD to carry out activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from PD symptoms.

AT offers the potential for long term benefits that continue the self-management learned during lessons.

See more at:    https://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Heather Walker is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, based on Vancouver Island, B.C.   She is giving a short introduction of the Alexander Technique to the the Parkinson’s Support Group in Nanaimo on Wednesday May 15th at 1:15 pm.  For more information about the technique, you can also contact her directly at 250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

Nanaimo Parkinson’s Support Group
Nanaimo Alliance Church
1609 Meredith Road
3rd Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July or August)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

February 2019 – Alexander Technique for chronic neck pain, back pain, and health-related conditions

From Alexander Technique Canada, The Canadian Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique (CANSTAT)

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Health And Well-Being

The Alexander Technique is practical, educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to enhance health and well-being.  Students of the Alexander Technique learn to enhance their natural coordination and improve how they engage in everyday life.

In Alexander Technique lessons you learn to recognize, understand, and avoid harmful patterns of movement, posture, and ways of going about your activities that may be contributing to pain and inefficient function.

As you increase your ability to recognize how persistent aches, pains, and stresses relate to the ways in which you perform, move, and posture yourself in daily life, you learn to move with greater ease and efficiency, and build your independent ability to positively influence your health.

There is considerable research available regarding the Alexander Technique and Health-related outcomes: Please go to https://alexandertechniquecanada.ca/research for more information.

Here is a sample of some of the research you will find on the above link:

AT for Medical and Health‐Related Conditions
Overview: Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review (2012)

AT for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain
OverviewRandomized controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain (2007)

AT for Chronic Neck Pain
Overview: Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial (2015). Alexander Technique lessons led to significant reductions in neck pain and associated disability compared with usual care at 12 months in persons with chronic non-specific neck pain.

Heather Walker is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  She works with individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Each Alexander Technique session involves practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

December 2018 – Happy Holidays: Music and Alexander Technique

Happy Holidays!  May they be filled with music, good cheer, ease and joy!

I have the joy of both worlds: playing music professionally, and teaching how to move naturally with ease and efficiency through the Alexander Technique.   The two worlds blend together nicely, since I use this amazing tool of the Alexander Technique every day for myself, to support the demanding and intense schedule of professional performances.  The technique is well known in the professional IMG_0785 adjusted3music world, and there are many Alexander Technique teachers that also play music professionally. (Another way of stating it is that there are many professional musicians who are so impressed with this technique, they end up completing the 3 year training course to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher!).  This month, while playing Christmas shows with the Vancouver Island Symphony, I realized that we had 3 Alexander Technique teachers in the orchestra.  They included myself on French horn, A.T. teacher Krystal Morrison on clarinet (based in New Westminister) and A.T. teacher Erin MacDonald on viola (based in North Vancouver).   We enjoyed playing our music together, and talking about this great tool and how wonderful it is to share it with others…

On that note, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend, why not give them an introduction to the Alexander Technique?  Private sessions are 1 hour in length, and provide immediate tools to take home and practice so that you can find more ease, balance, and centeredness in your life.  Please contact me for more information:  Heather Walker 250-716-3464.

Happy Holidays to all…

 

October 2018 – Alexander Technique at Trinity Western University

This year I have the priviledge of returning to teach an Alexander Technique class for Trinity Western University in Langley.  This school has a dynamic music program with an internationally recognized choral component, and all of their music majors must take the repertory and studio class.  I will be teaching an introduction to the Alexander Technique on October 10th, 2018.  In the class I will cover many ideas and activities that are available in my standard introductory workshop for musicians.  This workshop is available to music groups on request, and I am able to customize it for a specific focus or instrument.  Please contact me at 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com for more information.

The Alexander Technique will help musicians:

  • Move with ease, grace, and poise
  • Improve kinaesthetic awareness & posture
  • Release muscle tension and tightness
  • Be energetic and efficient yet calm
  • Re-establish better balance
  • Change your habitual patterns of reaction
  • Perform activities with awareness and freedom
  • Learn recuperation and relaxation exercises for home
  • Understand your body’s design for efficient movement

 The Alexander Technique is taught at: Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York, The Royal College of Music in London, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at many other music schools._who_we_are_web_1

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
MUSIC 100 Repertory and Studio Class
A performance class for students of applied music for the purpose of gaining experience in public performance and increasing knowledge of music literature. Required of all music majors in each semester of the program.

Summer 2018 – Alexander Technique for Action!

I want to wish the best of the summer to all my current Alexander Technique clients, and anyone interested in living in an integrated, efficient, and joyful way!  The Alexander Technique is a tool for re-educating ourselves in unity of mind, body, spirit…”Psycho-physical unity” as originally stated by Alexander himself.  For myself, it has been over 18 years since I first started using this technique…and the tool has allowed me to be more self-aware, make better decisions, and not have the chronic tension, pain, and injuries that brought me to the technique in the first place.

I am currently working with all types of people who benefit from the technique: amateur musicians, tennis players, gardeners, writers, councillors, athletes, those recovering from car accidents and over-use injuries, and those with long habits of chronically bad posture.  All these people can use the tool to change their patterns and move into action with more ease, efficiency and awareness. It’s a great and rewarding process!

DSC04448For myself, I’ll be enjoying as much of the summer as possible by backpacking, swimming in the ocean and river, hiking, playing music, and generally spending as much time with friends in the outdoors as possible.

Sound Being Studio is open for Alexander Technique lessons throughout summer 2018.  I hope to hear from you soon!

Heather Walker

March 2018 – Alexander Technique in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Alexander Technique in Yellowknife, March 2018

CanSTATwebThe Alexander Technique is an educational method used to improve mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. People study the Technique to change faulty postural habits and relieve pain through better coordination of the musculoskeletal system. It is also used to enhance performance and learn greater conscious control of our reactions. Athletes, singers, actors, and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement. Tax-deductible receipts are available as professional development training for those with self-employment income.

More information: www.soundbeingstudio.com
Heather Walker will be presenting the following workshops and private sessions:

Introduction to the Alexander Technique – Performers (Theatre, Music, etc.)
Thursday March 22nd, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Ptarmigan Studio, 113a Kam Lake Road, Yellowknife
$30 per person
To register, contact: Lynn Elkin, 867-446-2873 lynnelkin@hotmail.com

Introduction to the Alexander Technique – Choirs
Tuesday March 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm,
Calvary United Church, Yellowknife
Private workshop for members of the Aurora Chorealis Choir

Introduction to the Alexander Technique – Children’s Choir
Thursday March 29th, 2018, 6:00-7:00 pm,
Calvary United Church, Yellowknife
Private workshop for members of the Fireweed Children’s Chorus

Private and semi-private sessions available by appointment, March 23rd, 26-30th
Heartworks Studio #210 4817 49th Street, Yellowknife
$75 per hour
To register, contact: Heather Walker, 250-716-3464, heather@soundbeingstudio.com

January 2018 – Happy New Year, from your island Alexander Technique studio

DSC06521Teaching the Alexander Technique is an honour and a blessing.  I get to meet and work with so many interesting people. On top of this, I get to teach a tool that is instrumental in helping each person change, to become more uniquely themselves, integrating their “whole self” into every activity.  Again and again, it is impressive to see people that move from pain, tension, compression, and bad co-ordination to become individuals who embody poise, ease, awareness, and much more efficient movement patterns. It is a joy to experience this transition!  To all my students, current and past, I wish you another wonderful year full of ease and joy.  Happy New Year!