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San Jose - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop

  • El Camino Hospital 2500 Grant Road Mountain View, CA, 94040 United States (map)
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An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life and can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PwP), as well as their broader Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members, as well as Research Scientists, Allied Health Professionals and other Medical Care Providers.




AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PwP) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."

  • As a Care Partner of a PwP you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

  • For Allied Health Professionals, Research Scientists, or other Medical Care Providers the workshop is designed to offer a new understanding of the relevance of Alexander technique (AT) based "active learning" interventions as part of the contemporary Team Approach for treatment of Parkinson's symptoms.


Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PwP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.


Instructor:  Monika Gross

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.