Alexander Technique to help with the physical and mental stresses of pregnancy and new parenthood. In-person and virtual instruction.
Certified Alexander Technique Instructor
“I’d like to take care of myself and have more energy, but I don’t have time for the exercise classes I used to go to or the little things that helped my body feel good.”
“Between the carrying, the feeding, bending over the crib, and carrying the car seat, I feel like a wreck. Is there something I can do to prevent pain before it happens?”
“I feel like I am always ‘on.’ On the rare times I get a break, I can’t even decide what to do – I can try to rest, but I don’t feel very refreshed.”
“My toddler is going through a lot of ‘big feelings’ and I’m exhausted. I’m realizing how tense I get when he starts to tantrum. How do I stay calm in the moment?”
There is no vacation from being a parent. Learn to incorporate caring for yourself as part of your everyday life.
Learning AT with me will not just help you feel better in the moment – since it is a skill-based system of learning, once you learn the principles, you can apply them for yourself in your daily life. You don’t need to set aside special time to practice, or learn an elaborate system of exercises, because you can continue to improve through daily activity. This is why it provides great self-care tools for parents with limited spare time.
You will learn:
Most of us “know” there’s a mind-body connection, that the way we respond physically, mentally, and emotionally to a situation are inseparable. AT is a method of learning to consciously release tension and bring your body back into alignment – empowering you with knowledge of your own body. Alexander Technique teaches us that how we respond to life’s challenge is a whole self experience.
The method I teach, Alexander Technique, is not a substitute for medical treatment. What it offers as an educational method is a sense of agency – as students become more knowledgeable about their own body and able to attend to and coordinate the whole – not just one “affected” part. Having more positive experiences of your own body helps you move with more ease, and less fear.
AT is taught with verbal instruction and gentle hands-on guidance. There is no need to be “fit”or wear special clothes. It is suitable for people with injuries and chronic conditions. I have taught many students who are also in PT and I have a special interest in pelvic health – I would work with you to support any exercise you are doing for PT, and make it as effective as possible, to help you feel increased confidence and agency in your recovery.
I teach in my office in Wicker Park/ Bucktown – these lessons can be 1:1 or with your partner. I also offer online lessons and teach on-location for an additional fee. Payment plans available for ongoing weekly lessons.
I also work with small groups, and would be happy to share some supportive skills and restful practices with your support group, new moms group, doula group, or lactation group.
Hello! I’m Sarah Mayhan, an Alexander Technique teacher. I coach movement, alignment, and the empowerment that comes from understanding how your body works. I’m also the mom of the world’s most energetic little boy.
I was certified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at Alexander Technique Training in Chicago (ATTiC) under master teacher Daria Okugawa. This certification process, recognized by the professional organization the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), is a rigorous, apprenticeship-based program requiring a minimum of 1600 hours of study.
I found AT to help with the demands of performance under pressure as well as finally getting relief from life-long musculoskeletal pain conditions. Alexander Technique was the missing piece for me, and I hope it will be for you as well. I learned to actually enjoy movement and the feeling of being present in my own body.
I love helping parents bring their whole self to the challenges of birth and parenting, with the support of embodied awareness, knowing that it’s not about being perfect, but being able to draw on their own strengths through uncertainty and change. I also have a podcast about supporting the physical and emotional challenges of new parenthood, with guided practices and interviews. Please check out Poised and Powerful Parenting on all podcast listening platforms: https://poisedpowerfulparenting.buzzsprout.com/
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