A form of neuromuscular re-education, Contemporary Alexander Work is a practical, hands-on study of the principles of coordination, movement, habit, and awareness. It offers tools to relieve pain and tension, and rediscover excellence, ease, strength, flexibility, grace, and joy in every activity of life. Alexander uses touch, words, and direction to deepen awareness of existing patterns and suggest new possibilities of movement.
Performing artist, athletes, martial artists, equestrians, body workers, counselors, physical therapists, anyone seeking ease and efficiency, and anyone who is physically uncomfortable or in pain due to tension, injury, movement patterns, stress, or trauma. Whether we do Pilates, drive nails into walls, work on the computer, bike, or play an instrument, we have the ability to move naturally. Naturalness leads to lightness, suppleness, strength and expressiveness. Often, however, we interfere with out innate natural movement. Instead of energy, joy, and grace we find stress, pain, and exhaustion. The application of the principles of FM Alexander enables us to redirect excess effort into useful energy. We learn how to transform tension into kinesthetic ease. By leveraging the supporting structure of our body fully, we can experience the pure pleasure of movement again, sensitive, powerful, and free.
Contemporary Alexander work is taught sitting or standing, on a massage table, or in activity (musicians playing an instrument, dancers in choreography, accountants at a computer, cyclists on a bike, etc.). The work addresses the habitual physical, mental, and emotional patterns that affect the quality of our lives. The study of Alexander allows us to relieve chronic pain, deepen our self-knowledge, restore our innate coordination, and discover our bodies and lives as instruments of artistry.
Lyra Butler-Denman is a certified Alexander Teacher and a faculty member at the Alexander Alliance International. She began her study of the Alexander work over a decade ago. As a young dancer she used the Alexander principles to help find efficiency, strength, and presence. After a spine injury years later that left her severely incapacitated, she re-discovered the Alexander work. She credits Alexander not only with restoring her health, function, and dance career but also in allowing her to awaken to a stronger and smarter body and a deeper understanding of herself. Lyra became an Alexander teacher in order to be able to give her clients the profoundly transformational tools it has to offer and to help others find the ease that has been so freeing for her. Lyra studied at the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and the Alexander Alliance Germany and is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher by Robyn Avalon and the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and the Contemporary Alexander School.
"Lyra brings deep and diverse skills, great listening, and strong intuition together to meet you where you are and support major transformation. I have a very different relationships with my body, new tools, and a much deeper appreciation of my ability to change through working with Lyra (not to mention greater strength, groundedness, balance and flexibility!)"
"I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for working with me while I was in Portland. It is still amazing to me how significantly working with you completely changed how I am able to use my right shoulder and arm. It even changed the way my arm hangs from my body (it matches the left side now!). My Pilates instructors in Tampa all noticed the difference immediately. I would have to say they were awestruck. The change gave my arm and shoulder a normal range of motion, and this has allowed me to work on improving my strength. The discomfort is now gone too. I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with you, and I just wanted you to know how major this change was to my life. I still don't fully understand how you did it, but I am thankful to you every single day!!!"
Lyra offers private lessons in Portland, OR at reFORM Pilates and Movement. She is a faculty member at the Contemporary Alexander School and the Alexander Alliance International. She teaches in the US and Internationally.
If you are interested in scheduling a lesson, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact reFORM Pilates and Movement at 503.232.3560