"My livelihood demands that I present information to groups of people.
Sometimes this information can be quite complex, and my anxiety seems to increase in direct proportion to the complexity of information I am delivering. Mary has helped me relate to these demands in a holistic healthy way. I literally use her methods and body awareness on a daily basis."
- Drew R., PhD, Researcher
what you'll learn
During lessons, you will recognize and change habits that may contribute to pain and discomfort. You are taught how to maximize the postural support system of your body against gravity while more easily carrying out your daily activities.
As a student, you are an active participant in the process of self-care. You will gain more accurate knowledge of your body as you learn to change patterns of tension, holding and physical overworking, from the simplest everyday activities to the greater demands of playing an instrument, playing a sport, public speaking or a myriad of other activities (including dealing with devices and computers!)
You will learn new ways of reacting both physically and mentally to stimuli, and find a physical response that works better for your whole organism. You’ll know how to decompress the downward pull we experience through our spine and joints, and find a new sense of lightness in your system.
As your teacher, I observe, assess and then help you change the way you think about entire body coordination patterns, thereby empowering you to change what doesn’t work. We also pay close attention to freeing your breathing, which can create a more powerful speaking and singing voice.
I use gentle verbal and hands-on guidance to help you more accurately map your body during a process of release and expansion. Because our physical and mental states are intertwined, my students often report that they have a more balanced response to stress.
After assessing your habitual patterns, you start re-learning basics- often combining time sitting, standing, walking and some of the activities in your life. There is also a relaxing component lying down on a table where I use subtle manipulation to help you clarify the sense of ease and expansion we foster in the active lessons.