Our posture tells a story. Our posture is a reflection of our thoughts, beliefs and holds the memory of past injuries, present repetitive motions along with emotional & physical stresses.
In our time together we will be learning about and practicing the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique and the Melt Method.
The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is near and dear to my heart since discovering the technique in the late seventies. I was a young dancer in NYC and taking lessons in the Alexander Technique shifted my work habits and my dance technique blossomed as a result.
The understating and embodiment of the Alexander Technique offers an intelligent and comprehensive approach to body mechanics, resulting in stress relief, improved breathing and ease in postural dynamics. When one is engaged in repetitive actions, seated for long periods at the computer, or facing deadlines and other stresses, the body builds and stores this tension – and pain is the result.
A gentle and effective approach to re-pattern chronic postural discomforts and imbalances, the Alexander Technique works directly to build awareness and develop consciousness about your body and your “use” in daily activities.
We will be working seated, lying on the floor, and walking.
Discover how the Melt Method can help re-hydrate connective tissue and allow the body to release tension. The Melt Method uses small balls – both hard and soft – along with gentle compression for specific points on the hands and feet. I will also be introducing my routine of working with a soft roller along the back and legs.
Stress that gets stuck in the body is a major cause of chronic aches and pains. Melt is a great self-treatment tool to work through stress patterns in the body. Practicing the Melt Method will assist in improving alignment, enhancing athletic performance and will keep your body feeling great at any age.
Originally from New York, I am an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer who ran my own company, Rita Rivera & Dancers from 1983-1996. I was the founder and artistic director of the Santa Cruz Dance Gallery from 1993-2000, the first independent dance performance center in Santa Cruz, California.
I have been a guest artist at Cabrillo College and on Theater Arts faculty at San Jose State University, University of California Santa Cruz and Sonoma State University.
My desire to deepen into the field of movement awareness lead me to study the Alexander Technique for several years before I entered the teachers training program, completing my certification in 1993.
I have completed certification in Healing The Light Body through the Four Winds Society, founded by Alberto Villoldo. The Four Winds Society is dedicated to preserving the Incan shamanic traditions by exploring the realms of the soul, of nature and ancient shamanic rites of passage.
I have completed six levels of Visionary Cranio-Sacral training through the Milne Institute in Big Sur, California with Dr. Hugh Milne.
In 1996 I traveled with Luke Chan, who is a master Chi-Lel Chigong practitioner to Qinhuagdao, China. I have received first level certification in Chi-Lel Chigong.
In 2016, I became certified in the Hand & Foot Melt Treatments.
To learn more, visit www.RitaRivera.com.
- $60 (Regular)
- $50 (Members Early-bird through 9/6)
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