Shoulders & Neck: A User Manual

Bringing the Alexander Technique to Chronic Pain
With Special Guest Dan Cayer

Wednesday June 25 2014, at 7pm

Must I live with tension accumulating in my neck and shoulders?

How are the neck and shoulders meant to move?

Learn effective Alexander Technique, rolling, and alignment exercises that will help you find ease in your neck and shoulders – and sustain it!

You are invited to another fun evening of sustainable, mindful movement and informative discussion at New Leaf. On Thursday, February 12 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, two movement teachers with complementary backgrounds will come together to help you find healthy shoulder and neck movement, and sustain it.

Dan Cayer is a nationally certified teacher of Alexander Technique. Dan’s transformative work with athletes and regular folks is inspired by his own swim and water polo career, shoulder injury, and experience of healing through Alexander Technique. Dan’s return to health, as well as his experience with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, inspire him to help others. Dan will introduce Alexander Technique as a path to avoid strain, inefficiency, and injury in the neck and shoulders. Dan will periodically invite you up out of your chair to feel the difference in your own body.

7:00 – 8:00pm: Dan will teach useful anatomical knowledge about your shoulders and neck, and experiential Alexander exercises that you can practice to improve your posture and tension patterns.

Nadia Wallace is certified through the Kane School of Core Integration to teach the Pilates Method. Nadia has advanced teacher training in healthy neck movement, connective tissue release, anatomy, and kinesiology. Nadia’s own experiences as a college athlete, and then of spine injury and successful rehab, inspire her to teach the joy and resilience that can come from Pilates and mindful movement.

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Come to the mat with Nadia. Learn how to use rolling to release the fascia connective tissue in your shoulders. Then explore exercises that balance and stabilize your neck and shoulders in wonderfully comfortable alignment.

There are no open enrollments right now, please check back in the future.

Dan Cayer

About Dan Cayer

Dan Cayer is a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher working in the field of pain, injury, and stress. He received his teaching certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City. After a serious injury left Dan unable to work, or carry out household tasks like cleaning dishes, he began studying the Alexander Technique. His return to health, as well as his deep experience with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, inspired him to help others. Dan now teaches the Technique as a method of recovering balance and well-being. As a complement, he is also trained as a teacher in the Art of Swimming where he shows students how to undo the habitual tensions and fear responses that impede one’s progress in the water.

Dan has shared his firsthand experience of how this process can bring relief to seemingly intractable physical or psychosomatic challenges in workshops across NYC, Las Vegas and in the UK. He demonstrates with passion and playfulness how to apply the Alexander Technique in everyday life and as an innovative approach to swimming. Most recently, Dan has taught group workshops to new parents on how to hold, feed, and pick up their children without strain. Dan offers private lessons in the Alexander Technique and Art of Swimming in Manhattan and Park Slope, Brooklyn. He now cleans dishes (when he wants to).

About Nadia Wallace

Nadia Wallace is a certified Pilates instructor and the founder and director of New Leaf. She first discovered Pilates when a sports injury, combined with too much sitting during her life as an attorney, resulted in an acute lumbar injury requiring surgery. As many doctors do, Nadia’s counseled her to take up Pilates after physical therapy, to help avoid recurrence. In the more than 15 years since then, Nadia has relied upon Pilates and pelvic neutral training to maintain her own spine health and that of her clients. Nadia obtained her certification to teach Pilates studying with Kelly Kane and Matt McCulloch at the Kane School of Core Integration. Nadia aims to empower her clients to find sustainable healthy movement, build whole-body resilience, and maintain their orthopedic health.

Previous experience is not required. We have clean, cushy mats for you.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes ahead of scheduled class time if you are visiting New Leaf for the first time.
48 hour cancellation policy for this special class.
If your plans change, please cancel by email to schedule at 48 hours prior to the start of the Workshop to avoid full charge. We cannot take cancellations by phone.