What Alexander Technique Means to Me
I began studying the Alexander Technique as an acting student. “You need to be more physically available” and “That character doesn’t move like you” were notes that I often heard. Friends and grad students told me that Alexander Technique was the best acting class they had taken. I quickly discovered they were right. I was so excited by what I was learning that I applied it to my singing and used it in my modern dance classes, where I was a complete novice.
In the beginning, the Alexander Technique was something to improve my performance skills and take me to the next level as an actor. It did that. The differences in recordings of my pre-Alexander work and post-Alexander work are striking – I not only look like a different actress, but like a different woman.
Over my years of practicing the Alexander Technique, its role has expanded in my life. I suffered a recurring spasm in my lower back that twice left me helpless to move off the floor. The Alexander Technique was my rehabilitation tool. I enjoyed two healthy pregnancies and natural childbirths. My knowledge of how my body is designed kept me moving well throughout, and my positive thinking had me loving the experience.
Now, what interests me most about the Alexander Technique is how it supports my personal development. Some people call it “self-improvement”. Call it what you will, the Alexander Technique helps me see myself more clearly – my physical, mental, and emotional habits – and gives me the tools for change. I am committed to deepening my experience of being alive and to holding a vision for my life that I actually live into. The Alexander Technique is a practical, in-the-moment means to that end.
When I began to study the Alexander Technique, my classmates and I said, “Wow, this work is life-changing.” I can say from more than 20 years of practice: “Yeah, look, this work is life-changing.”
Rebecca Tuffey is an accomplished Alexander Technique teacher, whose students have ranged in age from 9 to 102 years old. Rebecca enjoys helping people expand their potential, whether they begin with concerns about performance, posture, or pain. Rebecca is an Adjunct professor at Pace Performing Arts in the BFA program for Acting in Film, Television, Voice-Over & Commercials. She serves as Associate faculty on the Teacher Certification Program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT). For more than five years, she ran the public demonstration series at New York City’s best-established Alexander institute. And she enjoyed teaching summer session at The New School for seven years. In 2010, Rebecca certified with Jessica Wolf as an Art of Breathing Instructor. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she encountered the Alexander Technique in 1994 as an actress, singer, and novice dancer, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in London. Rebecca has a private practice in Union Square and Astoria, Queens and offers workplace seminars.
I enjoy teaching people in motion to find the power, freedom and ease they desire.
All AmSAT certified teachers have completed a 3 year-1600 hour training course and are committed to Continuing Education. For more information about AmSAT, go to www.amsat.ws . For more on ACAT, visit www.acatnyc.org .