Winter Schedule 2018

2018 is upon us!  Let’s get off to a good start!

Erik Bendix Visit, December 9-10, 2017

Erik Bendix Visit

Exploring the Developmental Movement Patterns from

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s Body-Mind Centering

Saturday/Sunday, December 9 – 10, 2017, Sinclair Studio.



Saturday, December 9; 9am-12pm, 2-5pm

Sunday, December 10; 10am-1pm

$325 + HST

Erik Bendix is an AmSAT-certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. He trained in the 1990s with Frank Ottiwell, Joan and Alex Murray, and Walter Carrington. Erik assisted on Vivien and Neil Schapera’s Cincinnati training for five years, worked with musicians with Vivien Mackie, helped represent the Technique at the 2012-13 Embodied Mind conferences in Paris and Gargonza and taught Alexander Technique in Taiwan and at Pomona College. He is trained in both Dart Procedures© and Body-Mind Centering, disciplines that explore how movement develops in infants. He trained in BMC® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the 1990s, created The Learning Curve workshops to explore scoliosis, and developed his own Ease on Skis ski teaching method based on the Technique which he has taught at many workshops. Trained as a philosopher at Oxford and Princeton, Erik is a published poet and is known worldwide as a folk dance teacher.

Contact the Director of Training, Susan Sinclair, 416 603 2650.

Karen Carlson, February 10-11, 2018

Reformer Workshop with Senior Pilates Teacher



Saturday and Sunday, February 10 – 11, 2018

Schedule: 10am – 1pm and 230 – 530pm each day.

This 2-day workshop will review the Universal Reformer forms, variations and uses. A new look at tradition and the use of the reformer as a diagnostic tool for structural and functional problems (closed kinetic chain). Expanded and evolved forms are also included for fitness and correctives.

Workshop Fee:  TBA

Registration:  contact Studio Director, Susan Sinclair.

Karen H. Carlson is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of client-based field experience and 15 years of training teachers. Certified in the Pilates Method by Pilates Elder Mary Bowen in 1987 and Master Certified by Pilates Elder Eve Gentry in 1991, Carlson’s graduate studies at Smith College focused on the scientific foundations of movement to aid the teaching of modern dance and ballet, using functional anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, and physics of movement. Ms. Carlson conducts advanced teacher-training programs from her studios in Philadelphia, PA and Medford, NJ (USA) and has given workshops and lecture-demonstrations at colleges, universities and private studios on the East Coast and Canada since 1995. Carlson is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and the Somatics Society.



2018 Summer Workshop

The 2018 Toronto Alexander Technique Summer Workshop

“Mindfulness in Action”

July 5 – July 8, 2018
9-5, Thursday-Saturday; 9-12 Sunday
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We are designed for movement. Inherent in our design is an incredible capacity for ease, flexibility, power and expressiveness; whether we are dancing, hammering a nail, working at a computer, singing or simply walking. All too often we unknowingly interfere with this design; replacing energy, delight, and grace with effort, tension and fatigue.

This three and a half day workshop is designed for both new and experienced students of the Alexander Technique as well as those considering teacher training. We will study basic principles of Alexander’s work, applying the technique to the interests of the participants: work skills, daily activities, playing music or sports, voice or dance.

Participants are also invited to attend the Saturday evening “Thinking in Activity” class scheduled for July 7, 7-9pm.

Join Studio Director, Susan Sinclair and Visiting Adjunct Teacher and Physiotherapist, Sakiko Ishitsubo for this intensive three and one-half day workshop.

Sakiko Ishitsubo

Sakiko Ishitsubo

Fee: $350.00; All are welcome.

Registration can be done online; by email to; or by calling 416 603 2650.

Humber College, Thursday, April 7, 2016

The morning of Thursday, April 7, 2016, myself and two of the graduates from the Sinclair Studio Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program presented an “Introduction to the Alexander Technique” to music students at Humber College in Toronto.





Japan, May, 2016

I recently travelled to Japan to teach the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program of my Tokyo-based colleague, Sakiko Ishitsubo.

During my trip I was asked to visit a Pilates studio.

Below are some video of some three of the lessons given at the studio.



loren fishman new york times jan 2013

An article was posted online recently by the Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which focuses on back pain and alternative therapies, and specifically Alexander Techique:  Here is an excerpt:

Last month, a hunched-over patient came to me complaining of such severe pain that she could not bear physical therapy. All she wanted was an opium-based medication. She’d been in this situation for about four years, and said she knew what would help: either this drug or that drug, but not some other ones. I asked her about her history. When did her pain begin? Did she have any clue about the reason for it? What were her activities? While we were having this rather long conversation, I began to suspect that I knew the reason for this woman’s problem. She sat at a computer all day. Her posture was poor. She was hunched over!

It wasn’t that her posture was a result of her pain, it was that her pain was a result of her posture. I checked her physically, and sure enough, the muscles in her back were in impressive spasm. I gave her several injections that gave her quite a bit of immediate relief. Then I sent her for a massage, wrote out a plan for physical therapy and made what was perhaps the most important recommendation for the future. I referred her to a teacher of Alexander technique who could help her get to the root of her problem and correct it. So much of Alexander technique is about posture. It took nearly a month, because changing old habits can be difficult. But then this woman cancelled her scheduled follow-up appointment with me because, as she said, “I don’t need it.”

The article references the British Medical Journal study discussed previously in this blog and also an earlier New York Times article on the same issue.


Alexander technique reduces low back pain disability

Synopsis of Study

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of lessons in the Alexander technique, massage therapy, and advice from a doctor to take exercise (exercise prescription) along with nurse delivered behavioural counselling for patients with chronic or recurrent back pain.

DESIGN: Factorial randomised trial.

SETTING: 64 general practices in England.

PARTICIPANTS: 579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain; 144 were randomised to normal care, 147 to massage, 144 to six Alexander technique lessons, and 144 to 24 Alexander technique lessons; half of each of these groups were randomised to exercise prescription.

INTERVENTIONS: Normal care (control), six sessions of massage, six or 24 lessons on the Alexander technique, and prescription for exercise from a doctor with nurse delivered behavioural counselling.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Roland Morris disability score (number of activities impaired by pain) and number of days in pain.

RESULTS: Exercise and lessons in the Alexander technique, but not massage, remained effective at one year (compared with control Roland disability score 8.1: massage -0.58, 95% confidence interval -1.94 to 0.77, six lessons -1.40, -2.77 to -0.03, 24 lessons -3.4, -4.76 to -2.03, and exercise -1.29, -2.25 to -0.34). Exercise after six lessons achieved 72% of the effect of 24 lessons alone (Roland disability score -2.98 and -4.14, respectively). Number of days with back pain in the past four weeks was lower after lessons (compared with control median 21 days: 24 lessons -18, six lessons -10, massage -7) and quality of life improved significantly. No significant harms were reported.

CONCLUSIONS: One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Six lessons followed by exercise prescription were nearly as effective as 24 lessons.

Little P, Lewith G, Webley F, et al. Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. BMJ 2008;337:a884.