Heather Stegmaier, M.AmSAT

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About Lessons

My studio is located in Southington, CT where I teach private Alexander Technique lessons. This is the best way to learn! One-on-One lessons provide you with an individualized approach to meet your needs, so you can improve your life faster and more efficiently.

Lessons are 45 minutes long and cost $60.

About Heather

I am certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. My certification meets the nation's highest standards, which consist of 1600 training hours over a minimum of three years. My training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I received my Alexander Technique teacher certification in 2009 under the direction of Missy Vineyard Ehrgood from the Alexander Technique School New England in Amherst, MA.  I also hold music degrees in flute performance from The Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT (M.Mus) and Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA (B.Mus). In 2009 I taught Alexander Technique at the School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, Storrs in the MFA Acting Program.

I am passionate about learning and passing my knowledge onto my students. I wish to help people become engaged in their own process of self-improvement and discovery. My strengths as a teacher include compassionate listening; honing in on my student's individual needs; and drawing on my music background to help musicians and people in other creative and performing art mediums.

About the Alexander Technique

Below is a fun introductory video about the Alexander Technique. For more info, visit the Resources page.

 


My Story

Beyond Pain Relief: Discovering a Unique and Special Practice

I discovered the Alexander Technique as a music student in 1997.  I distinctly remember my first experience with the Alexander Technique: I felt as though all the tension in my body was melting away!  A few years later, as a graduate student at the Hartt School of Music, I sought out the Alexander Technique due to severe pain I was experiencing while playing my flute for many hours a day. Every time I played my flute, I would experience pain in my shoulders and neck and numbness throughout my hands and arms.  I would have to stop practicing early due to the numbness.  A fellow flutist told me about an Alexander teacher in town and I began taking lessons. 

The Alexander Technique teacher taught me that the numbness in my hands was not isolated to the hands—it was linked to the pain I was experiencing in my neck and shoulders.  I learned to think of my mind and body as one organism—not separate parts—and that the way I use myself can affect my entire being.  The technique made so much sense to me and I was amazed at how much I learned in every lesson.

I knew that I had found a unique and special practice and that I had to make the Alexander Technique a part of my life for the rest of my life. I continued taking lessons for 5 years before committing to a teacher training course in 2006.