After studying for 2 years in the Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, I paused and discovered the Alexander Technique. In 1984, I pursued this interest, diligently applying its principles to everything I did, especially cycling and later sailing. In 1987, I co-founded Salsa Cycle Tours, where I mainly led small eco-friendly mountain bike tours in Latin America, Ireland and Italy until 1999.
I did my teacher training at the Toronto School of the Alexander Technique (1993-1996). Since graduating, I have established a thriving private practice in Ottawa while continuing post-graduate work in the style of Patrick Macdonald with Elaine Kopman, Rivka Cohen, and more intensely with Caren Bayer since 2014. I have also attended workshops and taken many private lessons with Nelly Ben-Or.
In September 2000, after a year-long sailing trip from Ottawa to Cuba, I spent 5 weeks at the Rivka Cohen School, then situated in New York City. While there, I was introduced to the other “A.T.”, Argentine Tango. When I returned to Ottawa, I studied intensively with Francis Caron at the Siempre Tango School of Argentine Tango, where I was main teacher with Francis from 2003-2014. Francis and I have been married since 2002.
After 5 years of training, CANSTAT approved the opening of the Ottawa School of the Alexander Technique, where I have been director and offering the 3-year teacher training course since 2014.
I am a certified teacher and member of CANSTAT, the Canadian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, where I have been on the Professional Conduct Committee. I am currently on the Teacher Training Committee and the Professional Development Committee.
- Caren Bayer
- Line Prince, Masgutova Method
- Benoît Tremblay, inhalothérapeute – PneumaCorps (in French only)
- Azar Jiwan, Certified Advanced Rolfer (Canadian Rolfing Association)
- Siempre Tango School of Argentine Tango
- Rupert Spira ceramics and non-duality
- Roxanne Lafleur, artist
The first thing that you have to do, before thinking of something like contemplation, is to try to recover your basic natural unity, to reintegrate your compartmentalized being into a coordinated and simple whole, and learn to live as a unified human person. This means that you have to bring back together the fragments of your distracted existence so that when you say “I” there is really someone present to support the pronoun you have uttered.
brigitte, ma belle amie et collègue depuis plus de 10 ans. Être dans ton école, c’est arriver en soi, chez-soi. Tu as le don de nous faire sentir l’expérience des directions Alexander. Sous tes mains et tes paroles très claires dans leur intention on rencontre notre sol, on s’allonge tout naturellement. Étudier, chercher, découvrir avec toi ce merveilleux monde du geste juste entre tension et relaxation. Ton école est un lieu de grande qualité d’apprentissage.
Depuis plus de 30 ans, la Technique Alexander fait partie de ma vie. Celle-ci a été un phare dans ma vie personnelle et professionnelle. brigitte grande chercheuse, tu amènes cette technique au-delà d’une technique. Tu es incontestablement la fille de F.M. Alexander.
gestion du stress – libération du souffle
Photos: Roxanne Lafleur