course code: PD5
diffability vs disability: reframing personal definitions of self
As with many Alexander Technique (AT) teachers, Galen Cranz, Becca Ferguson and Caitlin Freeman initially studied the AT to deal with physical and/or neuropsychological conditions which are often diagnosed as disabilities: Cranz for severe scoliosis; Freeman for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Ferguson for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), chronic pain, bone loss, anxiety, Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance addiction. All three have individually developed a practice of the AT that uniquely defines and reframes the concept of 'disability' to 'diffability', ('differently able'). In this workshop the three will briefly sharing their diverse paths, followed by Q & A.
Caitlin discusses her work as an autism advocate using Alexander Technique skills to recognize an autistic individual’s strengths and identify areas of weakness, and help them to reframe an autism diagnosis.
Becca discusses her journey using the Alexander Technique for ADHD, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and almost six years of recovery from addiction to alcohol and prescription pain medication & tranquilizers.
Galen shares about her journey with scoliosis, diagnosed at age 12, and her lifelong exploration of mind/body practices to reverse her extremely curved spine, including “Cantienica”, a promising Swiss system that is compatible with the Alexander Technique.