Brought to you by Alexander Technique Teachers of Greater Philadelphia (ATTGP)

Move Better, Feel Better

with the

Online ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Summit 2021

Free Classes for the Public

October 4-9, 2021

 

Do any of the following sound familiar?

        • “I’m tense all the time.”
        • “I want to feel calmer.”
        • “I’m worried about my posture.”
        • “I get so stiff.”
        • “Working at the computer exhausts me.”

Discover what fuels your stiffness, feeds your anxiety, creates that hurry mode, and wears you out.

The versatility of the Alexander Technique (AT) addresses all this and more. 

With the Alexander Technique you can reclaim your natural coordination, and learn how to coach yourself to be more present, connected and comfortable in your own skin.

With the Alexander Technique you MOVE BETTER and FEEL BETTER.

Join us for our second annual online AT Summit. During this week-long event our teachers will share their expertise in both introductory classes, and in workshops and events on a variety of topics and applications, such as: How to Thrive on Zoom, Guided Constructive Rest, The Alexander Technique as a Resource for Reducing Pain Syndromes, and The Magic Pause! (More details below.)

All for FREE.

Attend one session, attend them all. It’s totally up to you!

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Then register NOW to make sure you receive your schedule and class links for the 2021 ATTGP Online Summit (October 4-9). You can join from anywhere in the world!

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The Week-Long Summit includes:

 

 

Daily Guided Constructive Rest Sessions
Each day one of our ATTGP teachers will lead a guided Constructive Rest session. Constructive Rest is a way of lying down in a semi-supine position (typically on the back with the knees elevated) that promotes good spinal alignment and release of excess tension. It is also known as “Active Rest,” “Semi-Supine” or simply an “Alexander Lie Down.” These sessions provide a simple yet powerful way to find balance, ease, and alertness, offering participants a time of rest, thoughtful awareness, and insights into your body’s amazing design.

At Least Three Sessions each Day
Our unique line up of live online classes, workshops and presentations are being lead by our Alexander Technique teachers at ATTGP on a variety of topics, from pain and posture, to speaking, mindfulness, breathing and much more. It’s a chance to learn from different teachers with different styles and areas of expertise. Whatever your interest, whether you are brand new to AT, are coming back to it after a while, or have studied for years, there’s something for everyone!

 

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SUMMIT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Meet our presenters and see our full schedule of events below.
Note: All times are US Eastern Time. All sessions are conducted live in real time! 
Use this Time Zone Converter to find your time.


Monday, October 4, 2021

 

Feeling Good: Being Whole

with Anne Johnson
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What thoughts, sensations or images do you habitually tune into on a given day? This workshop is about creating a practice of self-care by being present in the moment and choosing thoughts and actions that lead to feeling good. Guided by the principles of the Alexander Technique, we will wake up the relationship between thoughts, body sensation, breathing and the space around. From this awareness, we have the opportunity to release tension or anxiety and return to our natural state of wholeness and well-being.

Anne Johnson, Alexander Technique Teachers, Philadelphia, PA

Anne Johnson has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 25 years. She teaches individuals and groups in her Philadelphia (zoom) studio and the Mt Airy Learning Tree, a community education organization in Philadelphia. She has taught for 15 years at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. Anne finds pleasure in sharing this rich body of work with people of all ages, skill levels and diverse backgrounds. She views our current world situation as an opportunity to help people across the globe access the benefits of this work via the internet. 

More info at alexandertechphiladelphia.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Jano Cohen
12:30 – 1:00 PM

Jano Cohen teaches the Alexander Technique and T’ai Chi in Wynnewood, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She was certified as a teacher by The Alexander Foundation of Philadelphia in 1990 and is a founding, teaching member of Alexander Technique International. Her approach to teaching is informed by her previous experiences as a dancer, choreographer, therapeutic masseuse, and musician. She works with students of all ages and occupations, but has a special love of assisting performing artists and athletes. She shares her knowledge of how to manage pain. She has successfully rehabilitated from multiple injuries and surgeries.
More info at alexandertechnique-teacher.com.

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Thriving on Zoom: Living in a 3-D World

with Ariel Weiss
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Feeling Zoom fatigued? This workshop will share some quick tips to help refresh and refocus to help you connect with greater support and vitality online. Learn to sit with support, reduce eye strain and fully embody and celebrate your multidimensionality: length, width and depth as well as bio-psycho-social. Please wear something comfortable you can move easily in and have a bit of space around you. You will also need a chair with a back and no wheels. This is a great way to begin the Summit to help you get the most out of your time with our online offerings!

Ariel Weiss is an ATI certified teacher who has been teaching since 1988. Her TEDx talk Posture Myth-Busting was delivered in Waltham, MA in June. Ariel enjoys teaching students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and offers 5 classes a week online and two online courses in addition to her in-person offerings. Ariel also trains teachers at The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and coaches musicians at The Curtis Institute and has been faculty for the Barstow Institute, the University of the Arts, Pig Iron School and training programs in Canada and Japan.
More info at atphila.com.


 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

 

Guided Constructive Rest

with Mary McCann
11:00 – 11:30 AM

Mary McCann, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PAMary McCann, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has presented the Alexander Technique at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, DeSales University, The Wilma Theater, and many other institutions. Mary has been teaching Alexander Technique workshops and private lessons for over 30 years. She has a background in the performing arts.
More info at explorealexander.com.

 

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Let’s Get Comfortable While We Are On Zoom

with Jano Cohen
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Don’t let zooming on the computer swallow you up, zap your energy, and leave you stiff and sore. Pay attention to your body, gravity, space, and your breathing. Make some new alignment and movement choices that will make you more comfortable. Let’s not sit so still and stiff, but take a break occasionally and move. You’ll learn a bit of practical anatomy to help you with your Alexander Technique directions, as well as practice a few breathing and movement etudes.

Jano Cohen teaches the Alexander Technique and T’ai Chi in Wynnewood, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She was certified as a teacher by The Alexander Foundation of Philadelphia in 1990 and is a founding, teaching member of Alexander Technique International. Her approach to teaching is informed by her previous experiences as a dancer, choreographer, therapeutic masseuse, and musician. She works with students of all ages and occupations, but has a special love of assisting performing artists and athletes. She shares her knowledge of how to manage pain. She has successfully rehabilitated from multiple injuries and surgeries.
More info at alexandertechnique-teacher.com.

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How to Know What You’re Doing

with Amy Ward Brimmer
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Mindfulness is sometimes defined as “knowing what you’re doing as you are doing it.” The Alexander Technique invites us to recognize the unconscious habits that interfere with free and easy movement and choose another way. Since you can’t change what you don’t know about, awareness is key. In this workshop we will focus on how to notice what’s happening when you perform everyday movements. You’ll discover habit patterns of bodily tension and ease, fixed ways of thinking, even habits of occupying the space you’re in. Waking up to these patterns instantly changes them and offers the possibility of fresh responses and more enjoyment of your day-to-day.

Amy Ward Brimmer, M.A. has been investigating mindfulness and self-expression since childhood. She is the owner of Way Opens Wellness in Yardley, PA, where she offers the Alexander Technique, Somatic Release bodywork, Qigong, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Insight meditation instruction. A certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International, Amy has taught at Yale, Villanova, Brooklyn College, and along the banks of the Delaware Canal, among many other places.
More info at wayopenswellness.com/alexander-technique

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The Magic Pause

The 5-second technique that is the single most powerful, easy-to-implement, and sure-fire method for instant relief from the tightness and tension that causes back pain and other chronic injuries.

with Joseph Arnold
5:00 – 6:00 PM

The “Magic Pause” will allow you to reliably and instantly relieve muscle tension and strain so you can get back to doing the things you love. It’s easy to learn and you can use it to be able to sit more comfortably at the computer, play music more freely, or feel better when you exercise. In this class, you will learn the Magic Pause and how to apply it to many different activities.

Joseph Arnold is an Alexander Technique teacher, violinist, composer, and co-director of the Soulforce Music School. The Soulforce Music School helps musicians play with greater expressive power and make a difference in a world in crisis.
More info at JosephArnold.com

 


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

 

Guided Constructive Rest

with Meade Andrews
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Meade Andrews is an internationally recognized senior teacher of the Alexander Technique. Former director of the Dance Program at American University in Washington, DC, she currently maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique, and also teaches acting, movement, and AT at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.
More info at meadeandrews.net.

 

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“You must wait to lay down lines of communication before you try to communicate”
–F.M. Alexander

with Chris Mincer
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Having worked with many people over the course of his lifetime, Alexander discovered that the vast majority of people, including himself in the beginning, found it was easier to activate their muscles than it was to release them. He realized the lines of communication between the brain and the body in most people were well established where activation was concerned and yet they were all but absent where release was concerned. He believed that good coordination required both. In this workshop we will explore how we ourselves can lay down these lines of communication and how, whether you’re a beginner or a longtime student of the technique, this is a basic that everyone can benefit from.
Please be prepared to lie down in constructive rest during this workshop.

Chris Mincer holds a B.M. from Penn State University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University in guitar performance. In 1996 he earned his teaching certificate from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre under John and Carolyn Nicholls. While living in England he was fortunate to work with a number of first generation teachers. In 2002 he graduated from the Alexander Technique School of New England under Missy Vineyard. He has taught the Alexander Technique at Penn State in the graduate acting program and currently maintains a private Alexander practice as well as a Suzuki guitar studio.

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Self Love and the Alexander Technique

with Melody Schaper
6:30 – 8:00 PM

One of the most challenging hurdles to truly embodying the core of the Alexander Technique, which is being comfortable in our own skin, is self judgment and criticism. If you are human you may be hard on yourself and ‘try’ to do things ‘right’ and critical when you get things ‘wrong.’ Acceptance of our perfect imperfections, connection with our authentic need for self compassion and being in a generative relationship with our self is key to unlocking our freedom and ease. With this as a foundation for an Alexander Technique lesson, anything is possible.

Melody Schaper, Alexander Technique Teacher in Phoenixville, PAMelody Schaper is a Somatic Movement Therapist in private practice in Kimberton, Pennsylvania where she works with her husband, Executive Coach and Enneagram Teacher, Neil Sicherman at The Center for Intelligent Leadership. Together they provide workshops, courses and individual coaching sessions for everyone from executives to athletes, helping individuals and groups regain a sense of their authentic selves and provide the necessary tools to live and work with greater purpose, freedom and joy. As a Gestalt Practitioner, a Laban Movement Analyst and a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Melody uses all these modalities to meet the needs of her clients helping them to fully embody their true and lively nature.
More info at leadershipasapractice.com


Thursday, October 7, 2021

 

Simple & Quick Ways to Ease Up Throughout Your Day

with Brooke Lieb
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Alexander Technique teaches us to bring awareness to postural and behavioral habits that may add to our stress levels. We will learn and practice fast, simple tools you can use throughout the day to ease accumulated tensions.

N. Brooke Lieb served as Director of the Teacher Certification Program – TCP (2008 – 2018) at The American Center for the Alexander Technique, which ran the nation’s first and leading Teacher Certification Program from 1967 to 2018. She graduated from ACAT in 1989, and joined the faculty in 1992. She works with clients remotely and in person and specializes in working with people with chronic pain, those dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma, and anyone interested in refining their mind/body connection.
More info at: brookelieb.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Imogen Ragone
4:00 – 4:30 PM

Imogen Ragone has been a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2006. She has developed her own unique approach called BodyIntelligence, which integrates mindfulness, posture and self-care, to give her clients practical strategies to relieve and prevent stress and tension. Recently her work has become more trauma-informed, and her approach has been particularly beneficial to clients suffering from emotional stress and even trauma.
More info at imogenragone.com.

 

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Rest, Refresh, Reconnect: A Rejuvinating Experience for Your Body and Voice

with Diane Gaary
5:00 – 6:00 PM

This workshop offers pleasurable and practical ways to work with yourself to de-stress and reconnect with the natural ease and coordination of your body and voice.   If you have a busy life but you could use a rest, if you want to work at your best but still feel good, or if you’re just curious – join us! [Note: There are two opportunities to take this workshop – Thursday at 5:00 pm and Friday at 4:00 pm.]

Diane Gaary teaches practical, effective, and pleasurable choices that improve how you function in the activities you love. Diane has a BA in Theatre and English from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia as well as teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), Alexander Technique International (ATI), and the Lessac Institute for Voice and Body Training. Diane is also a certified Estill™ Voice Master Trainer and a Feldenkrais© Practitioner. Diane’s education also includes classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and 2 years of graduate level speech pathology, which she studied at the University of Virginia. 


Friday, October 8, 2021

 

Noticing Ease

with Andrea Bruno
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Alexander Teachers are interested in your thinking; thinking before you move, as you more, before you finish moving and when you’ve completed your movement. Primal Alexander, an online method of teaching AT developed by Mio Morales, provides you with the ability to notice ease throughout the day. In this workshop learn The Cycle and beginning etude(s) of Primal Alexander. Practice these simple tools for 10 minutes twice daily and allow ease to enter your daily life..

Andrea Bruno first learned about the Alexander Technique in 1975. Returning to the practice more formally in 2007, she began her studies to teach with The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. In 2015, she founded a program for the technique within the Veterans Administration and is now part of an expanding program in alternative practices for veterans with chronic pain.  She also indulges in the practices of Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and The Gestalt Process. The study of the Alexander Technique has allowed her to successfully maintain participation in her favorite hobbies, and she remains active in several sports performing better now than she did at a younger age. She also enjoys a level of musicianship as a flutist she never dreamed of and has experienced a burst of creative energy with an ability to move forward with less self judgement. More info at empoweringdirections.com.

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The Alexander Technique as a Resource for Reducing Pain Syndromes

with Diane Sussman
12:00 – 1:00 PM

In this workshop, we will look at the practical aspects of the functioning human body and the ability you have to actively reduce pain. We all have learned behaviors around good “posture” that may not be serving you as well as you might think. So, in this Introductory class, we will look at the anatomy of the moving body, and highlight your thinking and awareness as tools for moving with more ease and lightness and less strain.

Diane Young Sussman, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PA

Diane L. Sussman has been a Teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1987 when she graduated from ACAT in New York City. Soon after, she joined the ACAT faculty and trained teachers until she moved to Philadelphia in 2011, where she set up her private practice, and also taught Pilates and Yoga. Diane has specialized in the issues of performers; musicians and dancers, and has brought her experience in energy healing and Craniosacral Therapy to her students as well. Diane has taught in the Music Department of Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, and Montclair State University, as well as offering workshops to specialized interest groups such as Parkinson’s patients, people with scoliosis, and people with disabilities.
More info at bodymindbalance.net.

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Rest, Refresh, Reconnect: A Rejuvinating Experience for Your Body and Voice

with Diane Gaary
4:00 – 5:00 PM

This workshop offers pleasurable and practical ways to work with yourself to de-stress and reconnect with the natural ease and coordination of your body and voice.   If you have a busy life but you could use a rest, if you want to work at your best but still feel good, or if you’re just curious – join us! [Note: There are two opportunities to take this workshop – Thursday at 5:00 pm and Friday at 4:00 pm.]

Diane Gaary teaches practical, effective, and pleasurable choices that improve how you function in the activities you love. Diane has a BA in Theatre and English from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia as well as teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), Alexander Technique International (ATI), and the Lessac Institute for Voice and Body Training. Diane is also a certified Estill™ Voice Master Trainer and a Feldenkrais© Practitioner. Diane’s education also includes classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and 2 years of graduate level speech pathology, which she studied at the University of Virginia. 

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Anne Johnson
5:30 – 6:00 PM

Anne Johnson, Alexander Technique Teachers, Philadelphia, PAAnne Johnson has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 25 years. She teaches individuals and groups in her Philadelphia (zoom) studio and the Mt Airy Learning Tree, a community education organization in Philadelphia. She has taught for 15 years at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. Anne finds pleasure in sharing this rich body of work with people of all ages, skill levels and diverse backgrounds. She views our current world situation as an opportunity to help people across the globe access the benefits of this work via the internet. 
More info at alexandertechphiladelphia.com.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

 

What’s Next?

with Mary McCann
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thank you for joining us this week for Move Better Feel Better! Do you have more questions? Are you wondering what’s next? Please join Mary to discover FREE hints, tips and resources to continue your exciting journey with the Alexander Technique! Email your questions in advance to Mary: ma2mcca@aol.com. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Mary McCann, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PAMary McCann, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has presented the Alexander Technique at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, DeSales University, The Wilma Theater, and many other institutions. Mary has been teaching Alexander Technique workshops and private lessons for over 30 years. She has a background in the performing arts.
More info at explorealexander.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Chris Mincer
2:00 – 2:30 PM

Chris Mincer holds a B.M. from Penn State University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University in guitar performance. In 1996 he earned his teaching certificate from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre under John and Carolyn Nicholls. While living in England he was fortunate to work with a number of first generation teachers. In 2002 he graduated from the Alexander Technique School of New England under Missy Vineyard. He has taught the Alexander Technique at Penn State in the graduate acting program and currently maintains a private Alexander practice as well as a Suzuki guitar studio.

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What You Think is What You Get  

with Meade Andrews
4:00 – 5:20 PM

When FM Alexander developed laryngitis at the beginning of his acting career, he decided to find out what went wrong! He gradually realized that his approach to talking and moving was based on false information: “Stand up straight,” shoulders back,” lift your chest and chin.” He was forced to STOP, and learn to connect with the actual facts of his body’s design. He realized that his body and mind were in a constant two-way dialogue. And this dialogue could either be based on misinformation or anatomical truth: he discovered that “what you think is what you get.”   In this session, we will explore the “friendly facts” of our coordination via The 5 Cues: grounding, centering, suspending and expanding, poising and flying. This sequence enlivens and supports your personal journey with Alexander’s core process: the awakening and enhancing of your lively mind/body connection in all activities.

Meade Andrews is an internationally recognized senior teacher of the Alexander Technique. Former director of the Dance Program at American University in Washington, DC, she currently maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique, and also teaches acting, movement, and AT at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.
More info at meadeandrews.net.

 


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