I'm Deena, a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher based in Los Angeles, California. I work at UCLA, Golden Folk Wellness in Silverlake, and my studio in Echo Park. I can also come to your home.
I'm passionate about lasting solutions to the pain, tension, and posture problems many of us are suffering from in this office-driven age. Whether you're at the desk, about to get on stage, recovering from an injury, or simply interested in self-improvement and longevity, I'm here to be on your team.
I started studying Alexander Technique in 2008. At the time I thought I'd be stuck in chronic pain for the rest of my life and never be able to use my right hand again. With the help of my teachers, I was able to get myself out of pain. I knew then that I wanted to help teach this powerful, educational technique.
I'm an AmSAT™ certified teacher. The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT™) is the largest professional association of Alexander Technique teachers in the United States. Teachers train for a minimum of three years (1600 hours).
I work with performers, people in pain, and people who want to prevent future problems. I also provide ergonomic office consultations to promote better working environments.
My Story: How I Conquered Chronic Pain
When I started studying The Alexander Technique I had been in chronic pain for three years and lost functioning of my right hand. (And I'm right handed!). The pain permeated from my neck down my arms. I had no idea why and the plethora of doctors and healers I saw had no explanation. Now I look at this image of me and I can't understand how any trained professional couldn't see why I was in pain. Before, sitting like that seemed comfortable. Now, my musculature and attitude has changed so much that I couldn't even try to do that if I wanted.
This photo was taken on my first lesson with Marian Goldberg in 2009. When I came to Marian, I was completely unaware that I had fallen into such bad habits, but we just started working and things started changing. It's difficult to put the work into words, it really is experiential.The work is difficult to articulate, as it is so experiential. It's like trying to describe a song without listening to it.
By learning to stop doing what I was doing wrong, it allowed the right things to start happening. As I learned to not overuse certain muscles, my back and core strengthened. My movements became smoother as my coordination improved, as did my breathing and vocal control! The windows of pain became smaller and smaller, and six months later I was finally pain free. I realized the impact of the tools that I learned through Alexander and knew I wanted others to learn about this incredible self-improvement and stress management resource. Read an interview →