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Alexandra Mazek
Österreich, Austria

AT and Focal Dystonia

Dystonia is a movement disorder. ‘Focal’ refers to a condition affecting a precise area of the body, e.g. hands – writer’s cramp or musician’s dystonia, neck – torticollis, or eyelids – blepharospasm.

Dystonia exemplifies the oneness of mind and body. Every mental ripple can cause worsening of symptoms and, interestingly, there is not much difference between the effect of a pleasant or an unpleasant excitement.  The inability to control one’s movements, especially when it seems particularly important, can cause great stress and insecurity. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when confronted with a condition like this as a teacher.  I would like to show how AT can be very helpful for dystonia sufferers without us seeing ourselves as therapists.

Workshop content

  • dos and don’ts when working with a dystonia client;
  • useful, practical procedures;
  • stepping into the shoes of a person with dystonia;
  • time for specific questions and for sharing your experience of working with dystonia.

Read more by clicking the link to the article “Dystonia”  which was written together with my colleague Christian Steineder and published in STAT News in Jan.2019
Dystonia article_Statnews_Jan2019_v2

About Alexandra Mazek

At 27, I lost my voice due to a so-called spasmodic dysphonia. The voice sounded broken, vanished and reappeared like a radio signal flickering. Talking to strangers, ordering coffee from a waitress, and even casually saying “Hello” became very difficult. Not to speak of the inability to confront groups of people. Eventually, I had to give up my job in International Development.

When I encountered the Alexander-Technique I felt that here was a possibility for recovery but also an art to be learned; so I trained and have been learning and working full time as an AT teacher ever since. Several people affected by Dystonia have had lessons with me for years.

Apart from the Alexander Technique, my “Heartfulness” meditation practice has been instrumental in re-establishing my health.
I am also interested in Dr. Joaquim Farias work with Dystonia patients and apply some of his ideas in my work.


See also: Alexandra Mazek – Presenter Detail Page

Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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