“What I have learned from Alexander Technique and from Itsuko is that there are always options at your disposal if you actually stop and think.”
I have been studying Alexander Technique now for 3 years and Itsuko is one of many teachers who I am honored to be studying under. I originally started studying Alexander Technique in relation to my guitar and continue to make strides in that area in terms of using my body in a more advantageous and effortless manner, which in turn allows me to be more “in the zone”.
“Out of all of the time and money that I have spent over the past 20 years dealing with my increasing back issues, this has been the best spent and I wish I had found her years ago.”
I stumbled on Alexander Technique while researching back surgery and alternatives. I came across a study that was done about its effectiveness with back pain. Feeling that some, although not all, of my issues were related to my muscles and movement, I decided to give it a try.
I first learned about Alexander Technique from a study published in the British Medical Journal that showed people who practice AT use less pain medication. I had a severe neck injury in 2009 and had tried western medicine, acupuncture, physical therapy, all without success, to treat my chronic pain.
AT has helped me learn a completely different way of treating my pain. Since I’ve been studying Alexander Technique with Itsuko I’ve come to realize that AT is like psychotherapy for the body. It has helped me learn to identify and change habits that were contributing to my pain. It is so freeing to learn to live without unnecessary tension and pain. I am thankful and grateful to Itsuko for her guidance and teaching. I am finally feeling optimistic about the future.
LCSW, psychiatric social worker
” It’s been an amazing learning experience. I actually think it’s quite profound. “
I’ve had bad posture for decades, and it just seemed to get worse over the years. I had visions of myself turning into one of the bent old hunched professors I see walking around campus. I had heard about the Alexander Technique maybe twenty years ago and thought about trying it, but never did. I guess I believed I could improve my posture on my own by sheer willpower. And over the years I made a real effort to do just that–can’t remember how many times “Improve My Posture” was at the top of my New Year’s Resolution list. I tried yoga, pilates, intense abdominal and core workouts, standing desks, seat wedges, ergonomic chairs, plain old forcing myself to stand up straight, all that stuff. But the good posture never lasted. Forcing myself to stand up straight just eventually got exhausting, and I’d stop. It just felt too unnatural.
Then I started reading and listening to more stuff on Alexander technique and was surprised to discover that Alexander believed that the forced straight posture that we all think of as good posture actually IS unnatural. That’s why forcing ourselves into so-called good posture is so hard to maintain and never really solves posture or pain issues. I was fascinated by the idea that what we actually need to do is undo our bad habits and that we do this, in part, by becoming aware of what we are doing with our body and learning to release unnecessary tension that we carry around with us.
So I found an instructor in the area, and it was Itsuko. From the first lesson Itsuko was fantastic. She had very good awareness and insight into what I was doing with my body, seeing things I wasn’t aware of at the time, and she was incredibly good at conveying that understanding to me by helping me become aware of what was actually going on with my body as I sat, stood, and moved around.
I learned to actually feel the tension that I’d unknowingly been carrying around, and I learned how to release it. I’ve learned how to feel the way I am using my body so that I can use it in a more healthy and natural way. It’s been an amazing learning experience. I actually think it’s quite profound. My posture has improved tremendously, and I am really thankful to Itsuko for all she has taught me.
” Consequently, I’ve bettered my poor habits and no longer have pain. “
Before Alexander Technique, I neglected to understand the importance of awareness – particularly in regard to chronic pain.
As a perpetual slouch-er and full-time office employee, I always assumed the latter was inevitable. Learning the Alexander Technique under Itsuko Masuda has shown me chronic back and neck pain can be alleviated through psychologically recognizing and releasing tension. Consequently, I’ve bettered my poor habits and no longer have pain. I cannot recommend Itsuko enough – she is nothing short of a master in her craft and her guidance has positively changed my life.
” I have learned an infinitely more graceful way of being and moving. “
The alexander technique taught by Itsuko Masuda has crossed into every area of my life. I have learned an infinitely more graceful way of being and moving. I have learned to be able to recognize extreme, and more essential to me, subtle tension areas in my body. Knowing how and where and what to do with tension is Itsuko’s strength. She teaches one to psychologically recognize habitual ways. She then teaches one to be sensitive to where tension moves to in the body and how to release. I had pain in my arms from tendonitis, pain in my back from uneven posture and pain in my shins from daily exercise. All this has been considerably reduced by learning and practicing the techniques taught by Itsuko Masuda.