Larry Ball - The Alexander Technique
Energetic, relaxed, joyful movement in a non- doing way
|Address:||San Rafael, CA 94901-4919|
THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
AS TAUGHT BY LARRY BALL
Historically Western civilization has failed to recognize the ability of our human body to help us know ourselves and live a truer, healthier life on earth. Instead, it generally limits such knowledge to our mind, to our ego. In a few places within our culture our heart is allowed to participate in the task of knowing ourselves.
However, there are very very few places in our culture that even consider, much less allow, our body to have a role in knowing ourselves. It is my experience that my body is capable of as much love, thought, wisdom and desire as my mind and heart. I believe the discoveries of the Alexander Technique provide each of us with a powerful and joyful means of experiencing and allowing this.
In my lessons with you an entirely new body emerges from behind the habitual stress, tensions and anxieties your ego and culture inflict upon you. During those moments your body receives a new experience that awakens a new life within you - a new life in every cell, bone, tissue and muscle. Your body rediscovers its innate way of being and of expression.
In lessons your body's immense energies are allowed to be expressed and shared with your mindful consciousness and your heart. Once experienced and explored with pointed attention you are able to begin to learn to allow these energies to express themselves in your choices, actions and movements.
Through this process of working with our body, consciousness and heart, we are able to recognize and let go of the habitual stress, tensions and anxieties that prevent many of us from becoming a more authentic, energetic, healthier human being. In doing so we also become stronger, happier and wiser human beings.
I believe most of us once had this knowledge when we were young children. However, most of us also lost this knowedge in the course of adapting ourselves to the culture and society we grew up in. These cultural and social forces are very powerful and cause most of us to forget this knowledge. But without the help of the energies and knowledge within our body, we live without the presence of a vital part of our whole being
Alexander's discoveries provide a clear approach to allowing our bodies' energies to help us regain that presence. These discoveries enable us to know and express our real nature in both our inner and outer worlds.
The joy and satisfaction experienced in each lesson give you a powerful motivation to explore and practice this work on your own each day. In doing so, the strength and knowedge provided by your re-discovered body grow and evolve. You learn to allow your whole body to participate equally with your mind and heart in teaching yourself how to live a truer and healthier life in the world of others and on the earth. The only thing asked of you is a willingess to experiment with a new way of listening to your body, mind and heart.
I began studying the Alexander Technique in 1976. I graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in San Francisco in 1979. The school was under the direction of Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at that time. I was a member of the school’s teaching faculty from 1981 to its closing in 2004. I am certified as a master teacher by AmSat. While a student in the school I worked with Patrick McDonald during his yearly visits to the school, as well as with Walter and Dilys Carrington. While a student and teacher in the school I worked extensively for over 10 years with Marjorie Barstow, both in San Francisco during her yearly visits to the school, and in Lincoln, Nebraska. Marjorie Barstow and Frank Ottiwell are my mentors.
I teach in San Rafael.
I am happy to answer any questions and discuss this work with you.
Office: (415) 491-1178
Cell: (415) 377-0449
“As a student of movement for over 25 years, I have accumulated countless concepts, tips, and exercises that are meant to help me move and function better. But all of those things go out the window when working with Larry. He cuts through the fog and helps me see and experience that I already have everything I need to be free and whole right here, right now.
-- Matt Stevens, Linguist and Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat
" As I write this I feel the echo of working with Larry just a few hours ago. And I feel re-opened in a new way - to my self and to my surroundings. Better not to say too much. Only to know that the direct experience is what matters and the quality of the vibration is much subtler than my ordinary materialistic experience. Right now I feel l like a buoy in calm gentle waters. This is in large part of just having worked with Larry."
David Page, Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat
“ I can’t thank Larry enough for the inspiration his lessons have given me. I have been trying to resolve the contradiction between doing and non-doing for years, ever since my earliest workshop with Marjorie Barstow more than 30 years ago. The shift of verbal emphasis Larry teaches in the words “let the universe do it” just dissolves the problem. A miracle really. And what is even more fantastic is that in lessons Larry stays with the sensitivity of touch that allows ‘it’ to do itself. Wow.”
Marion Miller, Alexander Technique Teacher
“13 years ago Larry was my teacher at Alexander teacher's training school. Today he is my mentor. Larry's work opens a corridor of enlightenment that can only be found when one truly surrenders to the energy and balance of natural things.”
Alan Bolton, Alexander Technique teacher AmSAT.
“My lessons with Larry have been deeply healing and revealing for me and I've appreciated them enormously.”
“Larry was one of my teachers at the Alexander Training Institute - SF. After graduating in 2003, I went to him for continued training for two intensive periods of study. Larry offers a very unique philosophical perspective on the Alexander Technique, which I believe guides his teaching. But I didn’t go to him for philosophy; I went to him for the experience of his touch. Under his hands, I felt harmony, the mystery of my body’s own potential to heal itself, and a sense of intrinsic movement and vitality. It would be an exaggeration to say that I could feel cellular movement, but that’s the type of metaphor that rises to mind when working with Larry. His quiet touch provides deep wells of space that were particularly important to me during times of distress. Studying with Larry will not give you simple answers. You will instead experience the mystery of life in the body. As a teacher, I often reference his work.
Elyse Shafarman, Alexander Technique teacher, MA. M.AmSat teacher