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Joy Jacobson

Embodied Fitness and Wellness: Functional Fitness Training/MELT/ The Alexander Technique

Learn two simple self-care methods to keep your body pain free for life!

Harrison, NY
In-Person Sessions
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Recent Reviews
5.0 of 5 (6)
"The Alexander Technique makes sense in that appropriate use of the body will lead to reduction of various musculoskeletal disorders and remediate others which are established. No equipment is needed, just the skill and training of the teacher. This technique is very worthwhile as a primary preventative therapy."
"Lessons in the Alexander Technique taught me how to sit differently, and my chronic low back pain gradually became cured. Compared to surgery (e.g. for low back pain or for chronic obstructive lung disease), a course of instruction is inexpensive."
"Before working with Joy I suffered from serious back pain from scoliosis. I had been to multiple specialists and while it seemed to help, the relief was only short-term (a day or two). In the beginning it was a little difficult for me. But Joy’s patience and easy to understand style of teaching helped me to integrate the Techniques. Despite the serious nature of our work, Joy’s gentle approach and playfulness made it fun. Now I have a significant decrease in back pain, much better posture and much more energy. And when I start to feel something hurting, I can now stop the pain from getting worse and, usually, get rid of the pain without medical intervention or medication. I'm looking forward to taking a refresher course with Joy soon!"
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License, Credentials & Experience

Joy has been helping people for 29 years
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher
American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AMSAT)
Certified Certified Personal Trainer
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

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Endorsements
Functional Movement
Upper Back Pain
Alexander Technique

Practice Locations & Hours

HARRISON
67 First St., 67 1ST ST, HARRISON NY 10528, United States
Mon: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thu: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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About me

Joy Jacobson has been involved in the fitness field for over 30 years, as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Joy is also a dancer, teaches Tai Chi, and specializes in teaching balance and fitness to older adults. Her goal is to help people 50+ to improve their posture, balance, strength, and stability, so that they can stay active and pain free, and continue to do all the activities they love to do, for longer.

My Philosophy of Care

Movement is medicine.
No one "technique" works for everyone, but I offer a variety of approaches to help people move more efficiently, with better posture, and less compensation and pain. I work with the mind/body connection as well as with the neuro-fascial pathways, to help people to find a doorway in to their body's natural ability for healing and repair. I am interested in helping people to stay active and fit in mind, body, and spirit to defy negative stereotypes associated with aging.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

On the first visit, I will take a health history and brief movement evaluation. Depending on the client's goals and interests, I will suggest an approach that I feel could work for them. We would then do a short intro class.


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Joy Jacobson Reviews
5.0 of 5 (6)
"The Alexander Technique makes sense in that appropriate use of the body will lead to reduction of various musculoskeletal disorders and remediate others which are established. No equipment is needed, just the skill and training of the teacher. This technique is very worthwhile as a primary preventative therapy."
"Lessons in the Alexander Technique taught me how to sit differently, and my chronic low back pain gradually became cured. Compared to surgery (e.g. for low back pain or for chronic obstructive lung disease), a course of instruction is inexpensive."
"Before working with Joy I suffered from serious back pain from scoliosis. I had been to multiple specialists and while it seemed to help, the relief was only short-term (a day or two). In the beginning it was a little difficult for me. But Joy’s patience and easy to understand style of teaching helped me to integrate the Techniques. Despite the serious nature of our work, Joy’s gentle approach and playfulness made it fun. Now I have a significant decrease in back pain, much better posture and much more energy. And when I start to feel something hurting, I can now stop the pain from getting worse and, usually, get rid of the pain without medical intervention or medication. I'm looking forward to taking a refresher course with Joy soon!"
"The Alexander Technique approach makes so much sense, is gentle and not risky in any way, even to people whose physical abilities are impaired. Joy’s lessons gives you an understanding of how to use your body in a remarkably helpful way whether you are young, healthy and athletic or already suffering pain or loss of function. What she teaches can be incorporated into every aspect of daily life. Joy, with her light touch and up-beat spirit, is individually attuned to each of her students and their special needs."
I had been suffering with neck pain for years and spent hours on the table at the chiropractor. Although this provided some relief during flare ups it didn't correct the problem. Joy has taught me how to move and be aware of my posture and movements so that I can correct the problems and avoid the pain. She taught me how to be aware of my posture, particularly at work, and made it easy to learn the Technique by using a lot of imagery. Now I can turn my head without any pain when backing up my car. In addition, flare ups occur with much less frequency, and when they do, they heal more quickly. I’m happy to report that I’m back to enjoying my sports activities without pain and stiffness."
"Since working with Joy I no longer have pain in my shoulders, upper back, and neck, I feel freer while standing and conducting, and experience an improvement in my breathing for singing. What is most exciting for me is I now feel I have the tools to solve my postural issues on my own. It didn't happen overnight, but eventually I could recognize a postural habit, of which I was previously unaware, and stop it before I spent 2 hours hunched over the steering wheel in pain. Joy creates a calm atmosphere in her lessons. If I arrive flustered and stressed, I always leave a lesson relaxed and rejuvenated. She uses the perfect mix of visual imagery alongside explanations of anatomy to help me integrate what she teaches. But I feel I also learn volumes just by watching her move about the room. Her own use of her body is a positive reinforcement reminding me there is another way I can learn to move. I am always impressed by how well Joy reads my body and brings to my attention the most subtle things. In every lesson, she is thinking of ways in which I can apply the Technique to my everyday life, whether it is driving a car, adjusting to my changing body when I was pregnant, or conducting a chorus. What I’ve learned from Joy continues to help me in so many ways. I now do not have pain after a long car ride or after sitting at the computer or piano for long periods of time. In addition, her lessons have helped me to be a better conductor and teacher. I now apply aspects of the Technique to my own choral rehearsals. I do so many things differently now from how I reach to pick something up, to washing the dishes, to sitting on the couch. I don't feel that I am a slave to my postural habits as I was before."





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