Body Mapping for Musicians course scheduled

Many of us wish we could move more easily, with less or no discomfort or pain. Musicians are no strangers to the need to use their body and mind well. One of the impediments to comfort and pain free living is lingering or hidden misconceptions about how our body works. Body Mapping is the conscious correction and enhancement of what we think our body is like and how the various parts and structures move. When we learn (re-learn!) how to use ourselves according to nature, we experience more ease and comfort. On March 31 and April 1, 2017 there will be a full six-hour course called What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body. It will be taught at the School of Music at Marshall University at Huntington, WV USA. This course is free and open to the public. For details see the calendar of this website by clicking here. … Continue reading

New Class: Om’ Style Pilates at Elemental Om by Kristen Fryer

Over the past couple of years I have wanted to combine the fundamentals of Pilates and The Alexander Technique into a movement class. What I have come to realize as a teacher is that I can never copy someone else’s teaching style without leaving some of my own knowledge out. As much as I like a pure Pilates class or a straight Alexander lesson, I feel incomplete as a teacher without combining the two. These two modalities are so much a part of me that to separate them feels inauthentic. The new class “Om’ Style Pilates” brings The Alexander Technique and Pilates to life in a yoga environment. So, what can you gain from this class? Judging from the feedback I’ve received, a lot. Firstly, we incorporate fundamental Alexander principles that I have only seen taught by Alexander teachers. Mainly, how to stop doing movements that are undesirable. Becoming aware of how you over use your muscles before engaging them in a workout. This is a unique approach that is … Continue reading