A proponent of the Alexander Technique, an educational process to manage pain, will describe the technique in a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (July 20) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room. The lecture will be given by Rochelle Reea, a Tucson resident and certified Alexander Technique teacher.
Advocates of the technique say it relieves pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system. By changing faulty postural habits and improving mobility, performance and alertness, the technique is said to relieve chronic stiffness, tension and stress.
The technique was named after Frederick Matthias Alexander, a Shakespearean orator who developed the technique in the 1890s after experiencing voice loss during unamplified performances. He credited the method with allowing him to pursue his passion for reciting in Shakespearean theater.
John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, and George Bernard Shaw were early boosters of the method, which today is used by athletes, singers, dancers, and musicians to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement.
There is evidence suggesting the Alexander Technique is helpful for long-term back pain, long-term neck pain, and may help people cope with Parkinson’s disease. However, medical evidence supporting such claims are inconclusive, largely because the method relies on education and sustained use by the patient.
Reea was a dance major in college and subsequently trained three years to become an Alexander teacher, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. For the past three decades she has given presentations, seminars and workshops in university, fitness, corporate, and massage school settings.
Reea’s company, Corporate Pain Relief, offers pain management programs for employees in a variety of fields in addition to the performing arts. She also offers clients personalized coaching in a series of 10 sessions tailored to one’s specific needs.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer