The year – 2003. While sitting in a cubicle for too long, an opportunity came knocking in: 10 years after retiring professional basketball, the memory of bodywork came back to me.
I signed up for gym instructors course, got into my boss’s office, and quit my job. Two weeks later, I was sitting in class, discovering human anatomy, completely fascinated. I found the geek in me: a human body geek.
A few months later, the gym trainer experience was over. I was seeking deeper understanding, an unraveling of the whole physical system. Not a year passed, when I discovered The Alexander Technique (AT), and the mental-physical unity.
I spent 4 years in a teacher training course, learning the Alexander Technique on myself, my own mind and body, my habits and patterns of thought, posture and movement, and successfully graduated.
I was lucky enough to be taught the AT by a group of creative teachers, most notably Galit Zeif, who gave me a unique starting position: the opportunity to be an assistant in a successful studio, gain teaching experience and self confidence as a teacher.
The AT can be used in all physical activities. In the fitness and movement realm I integrated the AT within:
- Running, including:
- Adapting a optimal holistic running style,
- Preventing impact and other injuries,
- Improving efficiency and results
- Promoting fluid and light movement.
- Both equipment and floor exercises
- Common exercise:
- Flexibility training,
- Common gym routines,
- Body weight exercises.
In the sedentary and office environment I teach privately and in groups, both:
- The anatomy and stability of sitting,
- Proper bodily usage of peripheral devices including keyboards, mice, pads, smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.,
- Improving office ergonomics according to the physical model taught beforehand.
The use of the AT is very common in orthopaedic problems. Here’s a list of common issues in my studio:
- Lower back pain and Sciatica,
- Posture problems,
- Neck, upper back and shoulder pain,
- Other joint problems: hips, knees, ankles, elbows,
- General physical difficulties.