Alice MacDonald

Alexander Technique Teacher, MindBody Practitioner

Alexander Technique Teacher, MindBody Practitioner in NYC and Maine

Brooklyn, NY
In-Person Sessions
Virtual Sessions

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (7)
Working with Alice has given me a different understanding of what it feels like to be grounded and aligned. She has helped me learn to give my nervous system much needed support, find practical ways to pause and reset my mind and body, and understand my habits and how to mindfully start new ones. After a private sessions, I felt such relief in my lower back (which was the focus of the session). It was really amazing to feel empowered by the practice.
I came to Alice because of difficulty I was having with one leg, but what I discovered was an appreciation for my whole body: it's interconnectedness, it's capacity for support and movement with ease. The ease part was beautiful for me. Alice's clarity, her calm, her ability to feel into what's happening specifically and then connect that outwards through the body: sensing inwards and then out into the world around and your life... her work is profound.
Alice is a remarkable teacher. She has really helped me become more aware of my body in the whole sense. She helped me identify how I was overcorrecting for my rounded shoulders by leaning way back when sitting. I had no idea! And she did all this remotely. In fact, the way Alice structured our remote session helped me understand it better because she took pictures of me sitting in my office chair. I could then see what I was doing. And, her lie down exercises are the most relaxing thing EVER.
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License, Credentials & Experience

Alice MacDonald has been helping people for 5 years
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher
American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AMSAT)

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Initial consultation
Free initial consultation.
15 Minutes   •   FREE

Alexander Technique Session (Virtual or In Person)
Sessions with Alice incorporate mindful principles of the Alexander Technique that allow you to build awareness and create meaningful change in how you think, move, and approach your daily life. In a session, we will address your overall balance, coordination, and posture in addition to any specific activity, area of interest, or concern. By engaging with a process that includes our awareness and opportunity for creating new choices and change we can introduce habits that support a dynamic balance, functional movement, and a sense of wholeness in your experiences. Sessions provide both a framework for understanding the mind/body connection and coordination as well as a process for unfolding personal discovery and awareness. You will leave each session with ideas to work with and an understanding and embodiment of this process that you can use for yourself. Sliding scale is available for those seeking financial flexibility. Please inquire in your initial consultation.
50 Minutes   •   $115

Endorsements

Feeling Stuck In Life
Thoracic Spine Pain
Corporate Wellness

Practice Locations & Hours


Brooklyn
Bergen St, Brooklyn NY 11216, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
New York
151 West 30th Street, Floor 3, New York NY 10001, United States
Tue: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Learn More About Alice MacDonald

About me

Alice is an Alexander Technique teacher certified by the American Society of the Alexander Technique (M.AmSAT).

As a dancer, performer, and athlete, Alice connected to the AT work deeply because it is an experiential modality that takes into consideration the person's mental and physical connection. In her approach to the AT work, Alice believes that by learning about how we are doing what we do with our mind and body’s connections we can unearth opportunities for change, evolve our own patterns or habits, and heal.

The Alexander Technique, offers a process and framework for creating a sustainable relationship to the mindbody connection. The AT work provides practical knowledge and application of how to move and use your body throughout your lifestyle so that it supports you rather than strains you.

Connect with Alice to schedule a consultation or first session. Sessions are 50 minutes and are offered online, in New York City, and in Southern Maine.

Alice is currently on faculty at the Balance Arts Center (NYC) and Movement Research (NYC). She has taught and facilitated workshops at The HealGood Collective, Union & Co, Beacon Hill Staffing Group, Freedom to Move Conference, SUNY Purchase College, Juilliard, The New School, AT Singing, and Opera Arts Antwerp.

Alice maintains a teaching practice in NYC, Southern Maine, and online. Alice incorporates her connection to meditation and process-oriented healing modalities.

My Philosophy of Care

After years of being chronically injured and managing pain as a performer and athlete, I shifted from looking for quick fixes, began listening to my body, and embarked on a path towards healing and finding ways to create a supportive relationship to it. I began studying the Alexander Technique and was struck by the connection that it invited between how I was thinking, moving, and feeling. Through being guided to a new understanding and depth of working with my own awareness and agency over how I was using and tending to my body I started to see empowering changes. I began to heal from spine and nerve injuries as my overall balance changed and I addressed patterns in my physicality that had been contributing to my injuries. I was drawn to the way AT seeks to address underlying habits and tendencies that can contribute to pain and strain in the body overtime. I continue to be a student of this work and other healing and learning modalities and continue to be fascinated by the potential, creativity, and expression of the human body.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Beginning to pay attention to one’s body, one’s self, and how we’re attending to that connection in a conscious way begins differently with each person. Clients often have “aha” moments in their first session when they notice something new about how they’ve been moving or using their bodies. These “aha” moments empower clients with knowledge and awareness to address patterns of pain or imbalance in the body. Clients also express experiencing a sense of renewed balance or a state calm, groundedness, or ease as they move into a more balanced, integrated state with ease in attention and effort.

My Inspiration

We spend our whole lives in our bodies. AT allows one to invest time and attention into how we’re moving in our bodies so that we can do that mindfully and in a healthy way. This work can guide someone to a more integrated relationship to their mindbody connection and coordination, help relieve pain or heal from injury, and build an understanding of awareness, breath, and flow. Connect with me for a consultation or a first lesson where we can discuss what you’re interested in.


Practice Details

Insurance accepted
Out of Network
Works with
Individuals
Group Sessions
Ages works with
Adults
Seniors
Languages
English

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Alice MacDonald Reviews

5.0 of 5 (7)
Alice is a remarkable teacher. She has really helped me become more aware of my body in the whole sense. She helped me identify how I was overcorrecting for my rounded shoulders by leaning way back when sitting. I had no idea! And she did all this remotely. In fact, the way Alice structured our remote session helped me understand it better because she took pictures of me sitting in my office chair. I could then see what I was doing. And, her lie down exercises are the most relaxing thing EVER.
Working with Alice has given me a different understanding of what it feels like to be grounded and aligned. She has helped me learn to give my nervous system much needed support, find practical ways to pause and reset my mind and body, and understand my habits and how to mindfully start new ones. After a private sessions, I felt such relief in my lower back (which was the focus of the session). It was really amazing to feel empowered by the practice.
I came to Alice because of difficulty I was having with one leg, but what I discovered was an appreciation for my whole body: it's interconnectedness, it's capacity for support and movement with ease. The ease part was beautiful for me. Alice's clarity, her calm, her ability to feel into what's happening specifically and then connect that outwards through the body: sensing inwards and then out into the world around and your life... her work is profound.
Alice is generous, patient, and genuinely interested in finding ways to support her students. As a teacher she brings wisdom beyond her years and practical knowledge from a life of studying dance, the body, and movement. As a person she brings integrity and kindness. To work with Alice is to be given a rare opportunity. To work with Alice is to be gently invited, over and over, to a more grounded, embodied, and sustainable lifestyle.
Private sessions with Alice have been invaluable at building a set of practices for myself that is tailored to my body and my goals. I am always impressed with her immediate responsiveness and clarity when it comes to suggesting supportive ideas I can try, and the way she keeps track of how things are changing and shifting session to session. I recently accepted a role as a leader of a non-profit and I am able to focus our sessions on supporting my ability to speak confidently, recuperate from high energy and stress situations, and engage with others with presence and awareness. I feel challenged and supported by Alice's perspective that this work is an integrated approach of attending to the inner world without being closed off to the world around us.
Alice helped me find a deeper understanding of myself, and together we found new ways to increase functionality and ease. I found a true appreciation of the gentle capacity of my body.
One session with Alice is transformational! As a dancer, I am very connected to my body but I wasn't aware of all the ways I was straining my body by sitting behind a computer every day. She elevated my awareness and gave me concrete tools for daily movement that really helped. It's clear she loves what she does and her energy and passion for the work is magnetic. I highly recommend working with Alice.





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