"The opportunity to be guided through the basics of the Alexander Technique by David Young was a very special time of learning, self-reflection and an ongoing consciousness of the body in space, of effort and simplicity."Daniel, theatre director
Alexander Technique is best experienced one-on-one. The tailored sessions can quickly and powerfully meet your needs, address your problems and provide tools for everyday life.
I am currently offering individual sessions on a casual and weekly basis, or at a higher intensity (2-4 times per week) for maximum effect.
Single sessions cost €50 and attractive packages are also available. If you are interested, pleasecontact me for more information, or make an appointment to meet and talk in person (no obligation).
Sessions will be available in Melbourne, Australia, from mid-December 2017 (locations include Brighton, Camberwell, Carlton).
Until 8th December 2017, Berlin sessions take place in my private studio in Weißensee (Berliner Allee 112), and sometimes at the Zentrum für Alexander-Technik in Mitte (Auguststr. 65) depending on availability.
Feedback from my students:
Daniel, theatre director: "The opportunity to be guided through the basics of the Alexander Technique by David Young was a very special time of learning, self-reflection and an ongoing consciousness of the body in space, of effort and simplicity. The process is very simple, very easy to follow and yet clearly asks you to learn with increasing depth of understanding how your body works, and what you habitually do with it.
"As someone who has a fairly high degree of physical training, it was a surprise to me that such an easily explainable set of principles could be so beneficial and also provide the material for an ongoing and ever-deepening exploration. The work stays with me in my daily life. I find myself regularly 'checking in', particularly if feeling stressed, tired or 'stuck' in either a physical or a creative sense.
"In the state of mind that David encourages, I found myself endlessly stimulated by paradox; searching for change but without effort; aware of 'better' or 'more efficient' ways of moving while simultaneously rejecting the idea that you are currently doing 'something wrong'. This mental game, a friendly and even playful game to be sure, is a stimulating and satisfying – a fluid dialogue between mind and body. And, not to forget, being guided by an expert through daily actions, is very helpful in releasing tension, of becoming more aware of the 'reality' of the way you treat and use your body.
"David is a born teacher of this method. His understanding of the physical body is comprehensive and he has learned from a number of different disciplines. His knowledge and curiosity, his sensitivity, clarity and humour make him a joy to work with."
Cassie, textile & web designer: "I have been dealing with the certain muscular condition for a while. Whenever I feel pain or spasm in my stomach, I would immediately freeze and panic. Throughout my sessions with David, I now have learned to accept my physical discomfort in a more holistic sense. I now ‘communicate’ with my body to find out how I can let my body be more comfortable. Instead of focusing on removing the pain, I now focus on how to work with it. It has made such a difference in my life.
"Above all, David’s approach is whole and empowering: Gently guiding me towards finding my own resources within me. Alexander Technique encourages me to access my core beliefs about self and healing. The key element of David’s work is relaxation and surprise. The work allowed me to understand the way I express, play, and flow between me and my physical discomfort, me and the world, and me and my art practice."
Olivier, artist: "David is a very kind and gentle teacher with a great sensibility for details. He inspired me with Alexander Technique and taught me several lessons with great enthusiasm and clarity. His lessons made me aware of how to use my body and the potential of harmony from body and mind. I sometimes would come to a lesson with pain in my lower back and be messy in the head. After the lesson I would leave with a clear head and a great posture and a feeling of bliss. Alexander Technique seems to me a way of gaining consciousness over the body and on the side it relieves many emotions too. I am very thankful that I got the chance to get several lessons from David. "
Luke, singer/songwriter/guitarist: "I initially began the Practicum with David to address a chronic back pain issue that was causing me a great deal of distress. I’ve found the lessons with David to be helpful not only in gradually alleviating the symptoms of this pain, but also in addressing its potential causes. Since completing 10 lessons, I currently experience much less pain than before and feel I’m on the road to recovery. I believe Alexander Technique to be a valid approach to miscellaneous back pain, which can complement treatments such as osteopathy and massage therapy very effectively. Moreover, I’ve discovered in Alexander Technique a refreshing way of understanding the relationship between my mind and body—an epiphany of sorts which I believe I may be reaping the rewards of from this day forward. My lessons with David are always a welcome and calming pause in my busy schedule."
Tiago, biomedical stemcell scientist "Just wanted to say thank you for the Practicum. In a time of uncertainty and a lot of stress, Alexander Technique was a useful reminder of the importance of stopping and letting go. I enjoyed very much your approach of giving concrete tools to solve body problems and increase awareness, as well as your welcome invitation to constant experimentation."
Philipp, jazz & microtonal saxophonist: "I have been doing the Alexander Technique intensively for one year now. My girlfriend is becoming a teacher of it. I am taking lessons every week and want to do it every day. It's simply the greatest thing that has happened to me! It changed my whole life. I am more lively, vital, balanced and feel more awake. And the most amazing thing is: I don't need any effort to breathe in anymore while playing saxophone! If your head is forward and up, it does itself. "
Peter, film-maker: "I wasn't really sure what Alexander Technique was all about prior to receiving 10 sessions in a short space of time. The sessions progressed through a kind of physical suggestion and repetition. I liked its gentle pace and slowly I realised I was being taught something, the best kind of lesson: to be my own teacher. The technique seems to gently orient the client toward a bodily awareness in a way that makes you feel like you're discovering it yourself. This approach seems unlike any other physical program, and for me felt like an antidote to our distracted times, leaving me with insights that I can incorporate into my daily life. Highly recommended."
_ Read about the basic concepts of Alexander Technique here
More information about my school, the Alexander-Technik Schule Berlin, here
Watch the international Alexander Technique association's video here