Ball, Larry - The Alexander Technique
I help people regain their own nature in a mechanical world
|Address:||308 C Street
San Rafael, CA 94901-4919
THE STUDY OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
AS TAUGHT BY LARRY BALL
I believe we are deeply influenced by the culture in which we live. Our culture's emphasis on mechanical and technical achievement has many benefits. It also has severe drawbacks. Our culture's infuence and emphasis generally discourages me from knowing, much less following, my own nature. Therefore, it is up to me to search for ways to know myself and to then choose, act and move with that knowledge in my daily life. In this way I can regain my full humanity (body and psyche) while living in a culture that does not really value it. For me, since 1976 it has been the study, practice and teaching of the Alexander Technique that has greatly helped me to do so.
There is an ancient Buddhist saying: All haste is a form of violence.
To learn to slow yourself, to become conscious of what you are doing with yourself in your daily choices, actions and movements, to sense and know your unique nature, to receive the earth's vitality, and to then be able to allow all of that natural wisdom to create changes in your choices, actions and movements - these are some of the ideas of this work. Through these ideas and others, you have the opportunity to regain your well-being, strength, health and vitality.
These changes of consciousness help you recognize and change habitual ways that interfere with your humanity- as expressed and experienced in your choices, actions and movememts. In changing you become not only a more natural and beautiful creature, even while living in our present mechanical world, but also a healthier, stronger, happier, wiser, human being.
The individual benefits of this work include:
Healng of yourself
A greater sense and understanding of yourself
Greater consciousnessand improvement of your breathing, movements, choices and actions.
Greater consciousness of what it means to be one with nature
Moving and breathing with ease, vitality and flexibilty
A much stronger and more flexible body
The end of chronic back pain
Improvement in performance and skills
Learning and practicing active communication with your body
The ability to sense and act upon communications from your body
Regaining youthful vitality and flexibility
Freedom from unnecessary fears
Freedom from excess stress
ABOUT LARRY BALL
I began studying the Alexander Technique in 1976. I graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in San Francisco in 1979 under the direction of Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. 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 and in San Francisco.
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 20 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