Smartbody Alexander Amsterdam teacher Patrick Johnson PhD, combines verbal instruction with expert light touch manipulation guiding you towards a practical understanding of both your own harmful habits and healthy, natural posture.
During your lessons with Patrick, you will also build your own toolkit of mental cues that will help you maintain good posture and coordination throughout all your activities. This unique combination of bodily experience and intellectual understanding will also allow you to develop your own means for change over time.
Lessons also involve working with specific activities, such as speaking, working at a computer, playing music, or playing a sport. Using verbal feedback and hands on light touch manipulation, Patrick will show you how to improve your support and reduce excess tension to improve your performance.
The best way to start is to come in and try a lesson. We’ll explain the technique some more and give you your first hands-on experience of the ‘Alexander high’. Then we can tailor a plan for a series of lessons that fits your needs and budget. While a standard course of lessons is twenty to thirty lessons, as few as six lessons have been shown to provide a long term benefit.
Email pjohnmail[at]gmail[dot]com or call us (0614372008) to make an appointment.
I have always been someone who has suffered from tension in my neck and shoulders. This would lead to regular discomfort and headaches. I was always aware that my posture was contributing to this problem, but no matter how much I would try to ‘correct my posture’ I continued to experience problems. The Alexander Technique has helped me to understand the causes to the strain I was experiencing and has introduced me to a way of releasing the tensions that were causing my discomfort. Rather than forcing myself to stand up straight and ‘trying’ to force my muscles to relax it has taught me a way of allowing my body to operate in a more comfortable and natural way. I have found Patrick’s approach to teaching the technique not only helpful during the lessons, but also afterwards too. The lessons not only focus on using the technique in a learning environment, but then applying it to everyday life and activities. This has helped me gain a good awareness of the tensions that I was experiencing and then start to learn to allow these stresses and strains to become less problematic for me. Jeremy Roberts – Owner and director of “The Mayflower”, an English Tea Room
With Alexander technique I feel lighter, longer, and I move more elegantly. Carlota Granga, IT professional