Dr. Bedford is certified to teach the Alexander Technique to help individuals and musicians excel.
Bedford is trained to help individuals and musicians reach a new technical level, even reach peak performance and help others discover a new, lighter way of moving, by “letting awareness come to the level of sensation” as F.M. Alexander explained.
“As a young professor of piano during the 1960s and ’70s, Bedford’s early teaching reflected his conservatory training, which was basically an effort to free stiffness in the wrists and arms of his students.” That eventually brought Bedford into contact with the Alexander Technique.
According to Bedford, “natural hydraulics” is the systemic system that allows us to bring ourselves from sitting to standing and back again – movements seen at their purest in the first acts of a toddler seeking to stand on two feet. Using the Alexander Technique, Bedford brings an understanding of how to “integrate to coordinate” all parts of the body so that such movements become more natural, more efficient, with less stress on joints, and fewer strained muscles.
For example, in the process from sitting to standing, Bedford guides the student’s head, neck and torso to focus attention to a particular area of the body – and where it is in space – to encourage lightness, as he asks the student to match the energy he’s using. The resulting sensation is a more effortless method of standing and sitting.
Bedford notes that anyone can benefit from the Alexander Technique. Each person has a different experience of movement in their daily life and chosen profession. Each person who uses the Alexander Technique will come to a different but significant result. An office worker may find that his neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are diminished after several sessions with an Alexander teacher. A mother may find a new and effortless way to lift her baby.