About Glenna Batson

Glenna discovered the Alexander Technique through her interest in dance and Somatics in the late 1970’s. She had her first lesson in 1981 and became a teacher in 1989 (The Alexander Foundation, Bruce and Martha Fertman). Glenna’s career path has evolved from multiple studies in human movement science, somatic education and embodiment studies, rehabilitation medicine, philosophy, and dance. She currently spends a good part of the year co-directing the training course for the Alexander Technique Centre in Galway, Ireland. Now in her seventh decade, Glenna remains a muse, scout, coach and advocate for self-care in health and wellness. She believes the Alexander Technique thrives as a living philosophy that remains a potent answer to transforming today’s societal challenges. 

Phone

919-619-0008

Address of Practice

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Individual Lessons

  • In Person
  • /
  • Online

Classes or Workshops

  • In-person
  • /
  • Online

About Glenna Batson

Contact Glenna directly to discuss needs and outline a short-term plan to help

Imagine your home – a place of safety, comfort, and beauty – a home that you’ve customized for enjoyment and personal harmony. There’s no other place like it. Ordered or cluttered, your habitat is where all manner or rightness resides. On any given day, it’s easy to conjure up your household needs. And, with a bit of energy and grit, you can use any DIY tool at your disposal to make simple changes in décor, tend to your garden, freshen up the linens, repair what’s broken, and, maybe decide to redesign to give it a whole new ‘homey’ look.

But what about your moving body: – your inner home. Your body is your mobile home – a home on the go. Each day you are making plans, changing, maturing, aging. Do you tend to this personal home with the same TLC (tender loving care) as you do your living quarters? Where’s the user’s manual for your own self-care? What DIY tools are necessary in your toolkit for restoring internal order and harmony?

Enter the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique holds a special place in the matrix of embodied learning. It is a living philosophy that brings depth to life. At its core, is a practical, ethical and inclusive method in body-mind learning. It is above all – easy to learn, requiring no special exercises or equipment, because you, yourself in the moment are the resource. You can read more about its history and effectiveness on this website.

I offer Online Coaching and Teleconsultations

Private, safe, and secure from your own home

Consider me your ally and partner in body learning. I bring the wisdom of five decades of experience as a movement muse, coach, scout, guide, and advocate. I help you open doors to your body as resource – to the ease, elegance, efficiency, and empowerment you gain through becoming your own agent in body-mind harmony and conduct.

My career has taken me down four intertwined paths: dance, body-mind education (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Each area of study has been another entre into embodied knowledge that has expanded my understanding of how the body and mind work together.

Who is it for?

I teach adults at adults of any age and stage of life. My approach is designed to answer questions and offer options in finding holism and harmony in living. You’ll come to a deeper understanding of your own body and learn practical and enduring strategies for resolving stressful issues that interfere with daily living and skilled performance.

What is included?

Positioning, ergonomics, re-integrating old injuries, balance and coordination, stress transformation, practical ease in daily living, and customized fine tuning for relieving areas of physical difficulty.

Everyone can find benefit. Clients I commonly see, include:

  • Adults needing to rejuvenate from chronic discomfort due to poor posture, arthritis, or poorly rehabilitated injuries
  • Adults of any age who need to put a spring in their step by improving balance and coordination
  • Those persons living with neuro-degenerative diagnoses who are needing more customized coaching in self-care.
  • Movement artists (dancers, musicians, actors, yoga practitioners and other movement enthusiasts) who need to hone their practice skills and avoid injury.

More about me…

Since certifying in the Technique in 1989, I have advocated for this work by teaching in training schools in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, I co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. I currently co-direct the Alexander Technique Centre in Galway Ireland.

For twenty-two years, I was a professor of physical therapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) for the North Carolina State University system. I pioneered research in integrative medicine, studying the effects of different complementary approaches: and balance and coordination, including the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method® and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, as well as improvisational dance for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

I have danced all my life – modern, ballet, improvisation, ethnic dance and ballroom. For the last decade I have co-created a process in artmaking called human origami, or, The Fold as Somatic/Artistic Practice, with colleague dance and multi-media artist Susan Sentler. Together, we offer workshops globally and have a book in progress: Embodied Processes in Art Making: The Fold, due out 2023 (Intellect Press).

Behind me lies the intricate pathway, carved: over five decades of passionate pursuit in the art and science of movement. Having bridged between mind-body arts and science, I help make the work understandable, practical and doable. My life as a movement artist and educator deeply influences my teaching. I source from everywhere to help clients become owners and agents of their own body wisdom. At 74 years young, I remain passionate and curious about how people move. I intend this last bloom in life to be the brightest.


Alexander Technique teacher since:

1989

Trained by:

Bruce and Martha Fertman

Connect with Glenna

Phone

919-619-0008


Practice Services

Address of Practice

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Region:

  • Online
  • /
  • NC
  • /
  • International

Individual Lessons

  • In Person
  • /
  • Online

Classes or Workshops

  • In-person
  • /
  • Online

Public Speaking:

No – Public Speaking

Onsite Training:

Yes

More pictures coming soon…

Professional Alexander Technique societies I belong to:

AmSAT -1989, STAT-2005, ISATT-2011

My favorite Alexander Technique quote:

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. FM Alexander

F.M. Alexander

My favorite AT books or resources:

  • Alexander Technique Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Improve Breathing, Posture and Well-Being by Richard Brennan (1996-09-01)
  • Alexander Studies Online https://www.alexanderstudiesonline.com

My post-graduate AT training:

lots, but the most recent study was around 2013 with Tommy Thompson

My other professional qualifications:

  • physical therapy degree/doctorate (neurology)
  • member, the Association for Somatic Dance Therapies, UK & Eire, https://www.uksmdt.co.uk’
  • associate member, Dance Ireland

Other professionals I send referrals to:

  • doctors
  • performing arts organizations
  • university dance programs
  • other AT teachers and somatic practitioners

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