Robbin E. Peach

Robbin E. Peach

(MPA, AMSAT)
Robbin E. Peach (MPA, AMSAT) is a certified Alexander Technique teacher. After graduating Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on leadership, she completed 1,600 hours of training to become an Alexander Technique teacher to successfully overcome her chronic back pain and improve her own leadership capacity. She now educates leaders, professionals, and the general public about the principles of the technique. Her goal is giving people tools to approach life with less stress and pain, while generally improving their posture, balance, and body’s use.

Robbin’s students have included the elderly (Council on Aging); professionals (Harvard Kennedy School alumnae association); wellness practitioners (the Parkinson’s Foundation in San Francisco, and Wellness Center in Mattapoisett); and individuals seeking an improved sense of well-being. She strongly encourages students to take a series of one-on-one “hands-on” lessons, but also believes a few well-structured group classes, virtual or in-class, can be beneficial. She offers all of the above.

Robbin E. Peach, MPA, AMSAT
Alexander Technique Teacher

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

The Alexander Technique (AT) was developed by F.M. Alexander over 125 years ago and is practiced around the world. It is a psycho-physical (re)education of using one’s body and mind in the best possible manner to reduce stress and promote a well-coordinated body. It involved unearning personal habits that lead to pain and tension, and understanding the connection between mind and body. Through hands-on guidance from a teacher, one can experience the proper relationship of the head to the neck and the rest of the body. The practice of attending to postural tone before and during activity encourages improvement in motor behavior, balance, reduction in anxiety and pain, prevention of tension, and increased self-efficacy and energy. In short, AT facilitates better self-care and management.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who learns the Alexander Technique?

A: Alexander Technique is often taught in rehabilitation programs to help heal injury and recuperate from surgery. It’s offered in universities, conservatories, and businesses where performing arts, athletics, and presentation skills are valued. It is incorporated in industry to avoid injury and repetitive stress syndrome. Specific benefits include: improved balance; improved form (not necessarily better posture but better form); better coordination and flexibility; pain prevention; increased stamina; and better poise in standing, sitting, and activity. AT can be used in any life activity.

Q: What may I expect to learn?

A: Where you might be holding unnecessary stress and how to release it; how improved kinesthetics and proprioception can help you break damaging habits; how to better sit, stand, and walk; how to use your body in motion. Students report improved posture, relief from pain, improved ability to deal with stress, more comfortable computer or instrument use, and even public speaking enhancement.

Q: How are individual lessons taught?

A: Over a course of lessons, your teacher introduces concepts and practices that expand your awareness of the functioning of your nervous system, muscular system and skeletal system. You’ll learn to restore poise, balance, and better integrated use. You’ll find what you’re learning applies to all activities in your life.
In an Alexander Technique lesson your teacher instructs you — with verbal and manual guidance, using mirrors, a chair, and massage table to approach posture and movement differently. You’ll learn to recognize habit patterns that may be interfering with ease, flexibility, and balance and learn how to change them.

Q: Is special clothing required?

A: Normal street attire is appropriate; socks are requested. While on Covid-Alert, masks will also be required.

Q: If I have a pain; will it interfere?

A: The teacher will take your physical condition into account when working with you. Pain should be increased; and, hopefully, after time the pain may be reduced if not eliminated altogether.

Q: How is it different from massage, yoga, or chiropractic?

A: The Alexander Technique is an educational tool, designed to make one more aware of their own body. It is not a treatment, per se, but an educational process. A lesson should not be viewed as something “done to the student”, but rather self-management taught for the student’s long-term use and commitment.

Q: How long does it take to learn?

A: Alexander Technique is a life-long learning process. Being aware of one’s body, and how to properly use it, changes as our body and our awareness changes. It is generally recommended to have a minimum of ten lessons to fully grasp the technique’s potential. But fewer (and, obviously, more) lessons are beneficial. Lessons are on a weekly basis except during the first month in which a slightly greater frequency can be useful.

Q: Do the benefits wear off when I stop taking lessons?

A: You can expect the benefits to stay with you as long as you practice what you’ve learned – hopefully for a lifetime. Refresher lessons are always useful.

Q: How much does it cost?

Robbin employs a sliding scale:

  • Private lessons are $65 for 50 minutes. Purchase of a 5-lesson package is offered for $300; 10-lesson package (highly recommended) for $500. In an effort to make lessons affordable to all who may benefit, Robbin is also willing to discuss a payment plan or reduced rates. Discounted rates are offered to health workers on the front lines of Covid, firefighters, policemen, and other public service providers..
  • A group lesson rate is $25/person.
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