First, I want to say how much the Alexander Technique has helped me with herniated disks in my lower back. Until I made a commitment to the technique after becoming Lindsay's student in the summer of 2007 at the age of 43, they were a recurring problem and each time I re-herniated them the technique gave me immediate relief from the discomfort. However, since being Lindsay's regular student for two years now, I have not re-herniated them. I think Lindsay is such an effective Alexander teacher because she brings a seriousness of purpose to her teaching, which was apparent in my first lesson, and because she has a gift for finding the words and metaphors that help me to mentally/physically internalize the technique. Lindsay also has an engaging personality and intellect, so we always talk about a wide range of things, which helps the technique to sink in unconsciously as well, which is a good thing!
-David Barnes, PhD student in Epidemiology, Columbia University
I began seeing Lindsay Newitter when I was approximately 3 months pregnant and had begun experiencing periodic sharp pains in my lower back. After a couple of weeks the pains went away and only returned when I could not see Lindsay for a few weeks here and there. I then saw her weekly from my 28th week through the end of my pregnancy and from that point on I remained pain free. Lindsay provided me with specific strategies for picking up items, standing, sitting, and walking that I was able to use throughout my pregnancy that definitely changed the way I moved and carried myself throughout the week. I continue to use these strategies now that I am picking up and carrying around a heavy, and growing heavier, baby. In addition, Lindsay's application of the Alexander Technique during our sessions left me feeling lighter and more together than I would have imagined possible during my pregnancy. In addition to her experience as an Alexander Technique practitioner and teacher, her own pregnancies have provided her with an important perspective for working with pregnant women. I highly recommend Lindsay to pregnant women who are seeking an Alexander Technique teacher to prevent or lessen back pain.
-Krista Olson, Healthcare Administrator
Since seeing Lindsay for private sessions, I've seen some really dramatic benefits. When I started, I was just returning to dance after having spent some months with a non-epileptic seizure disorder that had recently subsided. It was important to gently continue to find a deeper connection in my body. What began as learning to "not do" soon morphed into a much more calm and unified sense of my whole body after getting out of my own "habitual" way. I now feel a greater sense of being grounded into the floor mixed with a sense of lightness and more mobility through my spine and torso. I've returned to dancing and am doing so better than ever before, with less stress and strain and more fluidity and freedom.
As an actor being able to take on the shape of a character is very important. I have found that working an office job or even spending hours at a computer on creative projects has created habits and patterns in my body which not only cause me discomfort but also inhibit my physical possibilities as a performer. Working with Lindsay has not only helped me move with less pain and more freedom but has also given me greater physical range on stage.
-Elizabeth Alice Murray, Actor and Filmmaker
Lindsay has been a pleasure to work with as an Alexander Teacher. She has helped with my alignment and reduced the stress and tension I was feeling in my torso, specifically my back. I would recommend her highly to anyone in need of a great Alexander Teacher!