Private lessons with Tommy Thompson are available at the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge.
Tommy has taught the Alexander Technique for 42 years, working with professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, corporate executives, professors, high school teachers, university presidents, health care professionals, body workers, musicians, dancers, actors, children, infants, the disabled, and people in nearly every walk of life. Known for his deep compassion and profound insights, Tommy is a sought-after teacher both privately and in workshops around the world. Read more about Tommy.
What To Expect in an Alexander Lesson
During an Alexander lesson, the teacher uses light intentional touch and verbal cues to gently guide the client into a deeper kinesthetic awareness of their habitual patterns of use. Then once the client has identified how they might be contributing to the conditions present that lead to pain and discomfort they are taught how to inhibit continuing to reinforce the behavioral patterns which manifest physically. The person might lie on a treatment table, sit, stand, move about in habitual ways, or engage in a specific or common everyday activity, such as sitting at a computer, playing an instrument or thinking through a life issue. Tommy’s focus is on working with the potential inherent in every individual, rather than on correcting or focusing on use in a negative sense.
Clients with chronic pain generally report that they leave a lesson feeling more integrated, lighter in their being, more emotionally calm, experiencing more fluidity in movement, and reporting a substantial reduction in pain– or more often than not a complete elimination of their pain. Clients working on improving their performance in music, theater, dance or sport often find that they are connecting at a deeper level with their endeavor and their audience, finding richer meaning. Problems with technique and creativity often resolve– as the artist or general client lessens his or her commitment to a habitual use a more appropriate use can emerge, improving technique.
In one study conducted with brain surgeons they unanimously reported greater dexterity in their operations after having Alexander lessons.
Fees for private sessions with Tommy are
- $170 for forty-five minutes (most common)
- $190 for one hour
- $110 for a half hour
Tommy also has a sliding fee scale for circumstances in which the client truly cannot afford the fee. For example, the elderly on a fixed income, a full time student, disability, loss of job and the like.
To Schedule a Lesson
Contact Tommy by phone (617-413-1638) or email (Tommy@easeofbeing.com) to schedule a lesson.