What is the Alexander Technique?

 

What is the Alexander Technique?

Belinda teaches Alexander Technique to a private client. They're standing together and Belinda is guiding him into his full length and presence.

A straight-forward set of principles about how we think, move and breathe, the Alexander Technique is best understood through experience with a teacher, in activities as simple as walking.
By practicing simple reminders and changing your movement skills, you can suspend those habits that lead to stress, strain and a diminished life.

Since its development over 100 years ago, people worldwide have used AT to

  • Change posture habits and rethink what is not working in your posture
  • Avoid strain and recuperate from injuries.  
  • Prevent or alleviate problems for computer and cell phone users:  RSI, "text neck", shoulder pain  
  • Prevent chronic back pain.  
  • Gain more awareness and enjoyment of movement
  • Learn how to stop rushing through life to feel less anxious and more satisfaction
  • Communicate with an authentic body language and a clear voice
  • Gain precision in the performance of any activity that is important to you (sports, performing arts, parenting)

 

Belinda teaches Alexander Technique in her NYC studio to a private client using a chair exercise to find out how to sit with efficiency and ease.

People who use the Alexander Technique have presence. They have that special kind of ease that comes from letting go of habits and living with less stress. They have more energy and speak with an authentic voices. They feel freer because they know they have choices. Responsible for themselves, they are more responsible partners at work, at home and in their communities.

Alexander Technique:
Thinking and moving in sync
Communicating and Collaborating Effectively
Resilient Conscious Energetic Present


WHAT IS AT MOTION?

Belinda teaches the Alexander Technique principles of support and resistance to an acting student in a group class. They use a fabric cloth to demonstrate the concept.

"At a certain point the boundaries between acting technique and Alexander technique began to fade...and a stronger sense of teaching a whole person in a dynamic, personal way became clearer to me". 

It may have started when I was a young performer. I happened upon a site-specific performance that made my heart skip! The director was Anne Bogart, and she opened up my world by showing me that my passions for improvisation, movement and story were all facets of one creative design. Later I was able to work and perform with her - how fortunate I was to be given such a key to life and art. Slowly I have continued to learn that the distinctions or categories we sometimes believe in don't serve us.  And I honestly admit that I have to fallen for false beliefs about "this versus that" over and over again in the process of learning to recognize them.

Another stroke of luck was landing a job as adjunct in the Brooklyn College Theater Department. I got to teach lively, sometimes rowdy and emotional, but always big-hearted young adults on their journey as actors. I am so proud of the accomplishments of those former students. Along the way, on my own journey, I built curriculum over 15 years of teaching and earned an MFA. I studied and taught Mask, deepened my appreciation for the many modalities I learned over the years while developing my own unique teaching approach. Recently, I have added Margolis Method into the mix. 

At a certain point the boundaries between acting technique and Alexander technique began to fade... and a stronger sense of teaching the whole person in a dynamic, personal way became clearer to me. I discovered that the work I was doing with actors proved to be invaluable for my private AT students, none of whom were actors themselves. This is why I call my work AT Motion. I started with  the idea of Alexander Technique in motion, but I no longer feel that I simply "apply" Alexander's work to motion. AT Motion now means BEING in motion, being at motion, being as motion.      --- Belinda Mello

AT Motion is Belinda Mello's unique approach to being at motion.

Belinda's work is informed by life experience as a performer, director and choreographer as well as her extensive experience in somatic movement studies, counseling and parenting.  Her deep appreciation of human design and our collaborative intelligence guides her teaching and coaching. She seeks to bring insight into the core coordination of thought and movement for a sense of harmony, authentic expression and for energetic resilience.

You are made to move. The more you allow yourself to move freely, the healthier and happier you'll be.