The Alexander Technique was developed by an Australian, F.M. Alexander, who brought the technique to England and the United States in the early 1900s. It has an application for physicians, nurses, therapists, counselors, social workers, performing artists, athletes and persons in
general who want to manage stress and chronic pain. Today, The Alexander Technique is taught throughout the world.
Toni Poll–Sorensen, Director of Human Design, employs The Alexander Technique to help you focus on your human design as you re–learn efficiency and ease of movement. You will learn to transform tension into composure. You will come to understand why the human body moves the way it does. Ultimately, you will see how controlling and changing the way you feel plays its role in restoring the body to a full range of natural movement.
Teachers of The Alexander Technique become qualified after a three year training program and are certified by a variety of Alexander Technique Associations and Societies. Dr. Poll-Sorensen is certified by Alexander Technique International (ATI).
Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen is professor emerita of dance in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her career as a dancer, choreographer, and registered movement therapist has spanned more than 40 years. She has performed
professionally, taught dance in public schools and universities in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has also worked as an artist in residence for Very Special Arts. Toni has worked as a guest teacher and presenter at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. Toni is committed to living a profoundly physical life and is currently a student of Pilates, Authentic Movement and Tai Chi. Her most recent foray into the study of human movement is as a beginning piano student. Toni is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She opened her private practice in The Alexander Technique in 1997 and has presented numerous papers on the Alexander Technique at academic conferences. She has also taught The Alexander Technique at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and with the Voice Care Network. Dr. Poll-Sorensen is also a Registered Movement Therapist and a Reiki Master.
Most of us lead our lives on “fast forward”. Many of us sit for much of the day with our spines rounded and our head and arms forward of our torso. Movement re-education can encourage balance in the way we think about work and stress. Alexander Technique is one way to learn to quiet the gross movements of the body and to attend to our inner landscape. However, there is more than one way to explore your thinking and discover your body. At Human Design, we also offer sessions in Reiki Energy Work and Guided Movement Experiences based on the work of Feldenkrais, Bartenief, and Authentic Movement.
Reiki Energy Work is an ancient and universal gift that can be learned, used or received by anyone. The Reiki practitioner serves as a conduit for transmitting life force energy. The recipient of this energy can use this life
force to find inner harmony. The outcomes of a Reiki session may include relaxation, replenished vital energy, and clarity in thinking. Discoveries during a Reiki session may lead to clearer understanding of the recipients intended life path. It is hoped that regular Reiki sessions will result in a life based upon living in the moment without anger or worry; a life focused on gratitude and kindness. Although Reiki Energy Work is a healing art, it is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is, instead, a complementary form based on a desire to bring about the higher good.
At Human Design, we offer Reiki sessions and attunements.
Guided Movement Experiences are a gentle way into understanding, shaping, and ultimately trusting in your body. The plan for these activities is individualized for each client in order to work on developing a healthy psychophysical life. The following are the expected outcomes of the Guided Movement Experiences.
1. The opportunity to re-examine the developmental movement patterns that are central to well coordinated movement.
2. The time to explore the fluid nature of balance and the way that dynamic balance is essential to efficient movement.
3. The guidance to develop an awareness of bodily habits that may get in the way of engaging in every day activities or leisure time pursuits.
4. The development of knowledge that encourages a new way of looking at the “patterns of use” in every day life that can be attended to, developed, or modified in order to create a body with more balanced tone.
5. The establishment of ways of moving through life that promote freedom in breathing.