MOVEMENT COACHING BY PHONE AND SKYPE WITH ROBERT RICKOVER
Movement Coaching by Phone is a process that helps you learn to improve your posture and the quality of your physical functioning. It shows you, in a very simple and practical manner, how you can sit, stand and move in ways that utilize the structure of your body and the effects of gravity on that structure. You will learn how to make specific targeted changes that will improve the way in which your entire body functions.
Movement Coaching by Phone is not a therapy, or a substitute for medical care. It is not a cure for conditions such as back pain, repetitive strain injury and the like, but it does address posture and movement patterns that may contribute to these conditions.
Nor is it a substitute for movement reeducation processes such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, or for activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates exercises etc. However, if you are practicing in any of these, Movement Coaching by Phone can greatly enhance your experience.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED FOR MOVEMENT COACHING BY PHONE?
All thats absolutely necessary is a telephone! It would be very helpful if you had a hands-free headset that allowed you to talk and move without holding the phone to your ear. Most new phones have a jack for such a headset, and the cost of headsets is now well below $25.
More recently, I've been using Skype which has the advantage of a video feed. However, in order for that to be useful, you'll have to have a very good internet connection. Skype is a free download, and Skype to Skype calls are free.
Either way, I can create MP3 files of the coaching sessions so that you can listen to them as often as you like.
HOW MUCH TIME AND EFFORT IS NEEDED TO BENEFIT FROM THIS PROCESS?
Apart from the 20-30 minute phone sessions, not a lot of time. Nor much "effort" in the usual sense of that word. What is important is a sincere interest in improving your posture and patterns of movement and a willingness to experiment with some very simple processes that, for the most part, you can do from time to time during your normal daily activities.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
You can contact me, Robert Rickover, by phone or email using this Contact page. We can then set up a time for a free introductory session that will last about 20-30 minutes. If you feel that session has been useful and wish to continue, we can arrange additional times. In general, Ive found that scheduling 3 sessions over a period of 3-4 weeks works best for most people.
I have been a teacher of the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. During that time, I have devoted much of my teaching practice to helping people who, because of where they live, have only limited access to a teacher and who therefore need to rely heavily on themselves to make useful changes in their physical functioning.
Initial experiments of coaching my students by phone between lessons led me to start working with people who had no lessons at all. Years of trial and error have led me to the development of a series of simple, yet powerful, processes that can be successfully taught by phone. Descriptions of many can be found at: Up With GravitySM
Listen to or download a short MP3 interview about Movement Coaching by Phone from Alexander Talk You can also listen to podcasts about using Skype for distance learning here.
You can read more about me at my Homepage.