judith stransky usa
Judith has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 51 years. She trained with Judith Liebowitz in New York, starting at the age of 25, was Certified in 1964, and was one of the first handful of teachers in the U.S. Judith did postgraduate training with Patrick Macdonald, and with Walter and Dilys Carrington. She also trained with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in 1972-73, and is a Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher.
During 1980-82, Judith lived and taught in Beijing, China. Judith's book, The Alexander Technique - Joy in the Life of Your Body, was published in 1981 by Beaufort Books, New York, and endorsed by her students Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Nina Foch.
Judith was involved in the founding - and subsequently became a co-Director - of the first professional organization of Alexander teachers in the U.S. - ACAT - American Center for the Alexander Technique, N.Y., which founded the first training school in the U.S.
In 1968 Judith moved to Santa Monica, California, as the first full-time Alexander teacher in Southern California, and developed a successful practice in the Los Angeles area, including celebrities in the world of movies, theater, medicine, psychology, music, dance, sports, martial arts, et al. Judith was co-founder and co-Director of ACAT WEST, together with Frank Ottiwell in San Francisco, and was Administrator of ACAT WEST in Southern California up to 1980.
Judith was also a co-founder and co-Director of ATI-LA - Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, together with eight other Alexander Teachers, which opened in 1987.
Judith actively spread the Alexander Technique throughout Southern California (and elsewhere) in the 1970's by frequently presenting the work at Esalen in Big Sur and at a variety of schools, hospitals and institutions, at the humanistic growth centers, movement, dance and singing conferences, psychology conferences, and at the annual Association of Humanistic Psychology Conferences.
Judith brought the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais ATM to the Drama Department at the University of Southern California and to the Department of Physical Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles Extension, and was Director of Movement at the Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts in Hollywood.
Judith, together with Frank Ottiwell, was also instrumental in bringing Patrick Macdonald to teach in California for 10 consecutive years, in the seventies, for the benefit of both students and teachers of the Technique.
Throughout her life, Judith has worked with numerous Alexander teachers and also studied a variety of modalities in the martial arts, tai chi, mind-body and mind expansion approaches, psychology, physical health and self-improvement, and has trained in some of these methods.
She believes that this has contributed to her developing greater skills in communicating and working with her students, while adhering to the pure principles of the Alexander Technique
and teaching people how to apply the Alexander Technique to every aspect of their life.
After 45 years of teaching, Judith officially retired in 2009, and moved to the quiet peaceful beauty of Palm Desert in California. However, Judith is always available to give lessons, stating that the Alexander Technique is her life's work.
Judith is a Certified Member Emeritus of AmSAT and a Life Member of the Feldenkrais Guild. (Please note Feldenkrais ATM and Awareness through Movement and Feldenkrais Guild are registered trademarks)
Photo courtesy of Stephen Parker