Welcome to Joanie Mercer’s Blog site

Welcome to Joanie Mercer’s Blog site.  It is my intention this site will inspire, offer insight, and create  enthusiasm for the Alexander Technique. I also hope to fan the flame of  desire to live life with more awareness, mindfulness and compassion  for oneself as well as others.

People often ask me how I got to be an Alexander Technique teacher. Two words: back pain.  Back pain was a family affair.  By the time my mom was 50 she was spending at least half her day in bed due to a “bad back.”  Back in 1973,  I was a Hatha Yoga teacher.  Yoga was just coming into people’s consciousness.  One day I did a simple  forward bend and could not easily  stand up again.    Not wanting to take my mother’s route of pills or surgery,  I went to the chiropractor and through an x-ray found out that I had “degenerative discs” and scoliosis.  Determined to find alternatives I began to study with a clinician who did workshops in Gestalt, Feldenkrais movement and Neo-Reichian breath work.  It was at his insistence  that I look into the Alexander Technique.   I went to the library and checked out a copy of The Use of the Self by F.M. Alexander.  It is 40 years later and I am still reading this book and still learning from it!

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  1. Linda

     /  June 26, 2012

    Congratulations on your new blog! Wishing you the very best. Linda


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