Ball, Larry - The Alexander Technique
I teach Alexander's ideas and concepts for use in your life
|Address:||308 C Street
San Rafael, CA 94901-4919
THE STUDY OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
AS TAUGHT BY LARRY BALL
The Alexander Technique offers you a way to regain your innate wholeness, energies, health and vitality.
As a teacher I ask you to study and observe yourself in your everyday moments.
In this study you take a conscious look at your ways of being, choosing and moving.
You experiment with Alexander's ideas and concepts using consciousness, perception, reflection, experience, imagination, and movement.
I ask you questions to help you articulate to yourself what you are experiencing, feeling and sensing in the moment.
Through my questions, observations and touch, I am able to help you understand and experience the usefulness of Alexander's ideas and concepts for yourself in your everyday life.
You learn to allow spontaneous changes to your habitual choices of being, choosing and moving. You learn to know your deeper self and inclinations. You learn to quiet yourself and allow yourself to be as Nature - joining a beneficent universal consciousness that supports our desire for wholeness, health and vitality.
These new choices allow you to change into you rmore natural and truer self, both within and without.
THE BENEFITS OF THIS WORK
The benefits are many and continuing. They include:
regaining your vital, rich and abundant human essence and energies
a sense of rightness within yourself
growth of wisdom
healing of mind and body
healing of chronic pain
healing from trauma
regaining vitality and strength as you grow older
greater balance and co-ordination in activity and movement
freedom from unnecessary fears
freedom from excess stress
presence of mind
a greater sense and understanding of yourself, including soul and spirit
a sense of lightness and ease in activity and movement
improved performance of arts and skills
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 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.
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