・What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change movement habits in daily activities by cultivating awareness and re-educating psychophysical coordination.
I work with students mainly chair work and table work. Through the chair work, a student works how to stand, sit, and move in between these activities with a teacher. By taking time to explore movements that we do daily and habitually will help to notice how we respond to the stimuli. In the table work, a student lies down on the massage table with a book for the head support, the knees up towards the ceiling. In this process, a student discovers the mind-body connection. I also teach group classes for cultivating awareness by exploring simple activities.
There are many stimuli that come from outside and inside of ourselves. A moment you think about a movement, during the activity, a moment that you think next movement, being in the crowd, being pressed for time, etc... One of my interests is the possibility of changing habits such as movement, mental, postural, and so on. To achieve the best results, being aware of how to respond to stimuli and choosing the best responses at those moments are the ways to go.
The main reason that I started taking AT lessons was numbness in my right arm and right leg and I had been looking for a solution. I experienced not only relief from that, but also ease in my whole body in a few lessons and I also found myself happier. I wanted to know what was going on in this process, I joined a training course to be an Alexander Technique teacher.
・The benefits of the Alexander Technique?
Performers who want to improve their performance. (Musicians, Actors, Dancers, Athletes, etc)
More efficient and economical body use for Office Work, House Work.
Improving the ability to manage stress
$50 for a lesson (60mins) ＋ studio fee
Takehiro Shimizu is an educator of the Alexander Technique.
He enrolled in the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) teacher training course in 2017 and transferred to Balance Arts Center (BAC). He received Alexander Technique teacher certification from BAC and AmSAT in 2020. He has a private Alexander Technique practice in NYC and Japan.
He is originally from Japan and started playing drum set at the age of 12. He received Senzoku Gakuin College of Music Award and Yokohama Jazz Promenade Competition Grand Prix in 2005. He moved in the US in 2008 to expand his music experience. He has been actively performing music in the US and Japan. He has been working with indigo jam unit, Hitomi Nishiyama Parallax.
He has been teaching drums both private and group setting for 20 years.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Human Science from Konan University in Kobe Japan.
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