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Rebecca Ferguson began learning the Alexander Technique (AT) in 1996 seeking relief and management of chronic health issues, including:

  • Neuropathy and spinal pain from a junior high diving accident
  • Anxiety, PTSD, depression, and ADHD
  • Poor balance and other symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Addiction to opioids & tranquilizers prescribed for pain, anxiety, PTSD

Daily practice and years of AT lessons reduced Rebecca’s neuropathy,  pain, anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. She was able to get off - and stay off - opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and alcohol. ADHD became manageable to the point that she stopped medication.

Rebecca discovered that daily AT practice provided mind/body tools for reducing stress, building resilience, and creating neuroplastic changes that ‘re-wired’ her physically, behaviorally, and cognitively. 

Rebecca has studied the AT world-wide, including Peter Grunwald’s Eyebody courses in New Zealand. She certified as an AT teacher with Rose Bronec of Alexander Technique Urbana. She is a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique.

Since 2012 Rebecca has taught  AT lessons, classes, and workshops to a diverse range of clients, including: performing artists; students; seniors; persons with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD and TBI; cancer survivors; persons in drug/alcohol treatment or alternative drug sentencing programs.

Clients include: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria; Sister Singers Network; Carle Hospital Addiction Recovery Center; Illinois Alcohol and Drug Association; Prairie Center Behavioral Health; Gilda’s Club; and Cook County Jail.

Dr Wilfred Barlow, British physician and renowned AT teacher, led Rebecca to understand that the AT is an “embodied mindfulness” practice. In his 1985 Introduction to FM Alexander’s seminal book, The Use of the Self, Dr Barlow wrote: “Alexander’s work was and is concerned with the intimate management of moment-to-moment perceptions of ourselves.”

Rebecca teaches AT as an accessible, embodied mindfulness practice for issues that impact all ages and abilities, including:

  • Performance improvement
  • Balance, mobility, and awareness/ease in movement
  • Pain, stress, anxiety, and PTSD reactivity/symptoms
  • Breathing, circulation, and bone health
  • Calming, improving mood, and building resilience
  • Addiction recovery and relapse prevention
  • “Sitting Disease”  and Metabolic Syndrome prevention
  • Improvement in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) for aging

Rebecca teaches classes, workshops, and lessons in the Chicago area, and Champaign/Urbana, IL. Chicago-area teaching locations include: Heartwood Center in Evanston, and Wilmette’s Mallinckrodt Center. She is a guest lecturer on addiction and recovery at the U of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign (UIUC). Certified as a Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, she teaches AT-based Mindful Labyrinth Walking for meditation and mindful awareness in movement, and issues such as addiction and PTSD.  

Rebecca’s background includes: high tech marketing communications; training; and software development/documentation for corporations such as Pacific Bell, and publishers such as Simon & Schuster. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Rebecca’s artwork is in many US private and corporate collections.

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Using her design, training and writing background, Rebecca creates AT teaching materials and self-directed practices for her students. Rebecca is currently working on a book for using AT as an embodied mindfulness tool for: recovery from addiction to opioids, other drugs, and alcohol; reducing stress/ PTSD symptoms; building resilience. She is also developing AT programs for young refugees dealing with trauma, as well as for the staff they work with.

Testimonials

Studying the Alexander Technique (AT) with Rebecca has been a transformative experience, and very rewarding both personally and professionally…Working on posture, alignment and body awareness have improved my confidence, strength and ease of movement through my daily life. As both a performer and teacher, the AT has improved my stage presence and my ability to command attention and communicate clearly and powerfully. Rebecca is a generous and encouraging teacher. Her patience and investment in my progress have motivated me to continue working with the AT; she brings a lightness and sense of humor in her approach that makes the work seem fun and doable.
— Lily Mooney, Actress with The Neo-Futurists, Chicago
Alexander Technique lessons with Rebecca are very helpful, teaching me simple self-directed mind/body methods that I access in my daily life for anxiety, and which eliminated some trauma reactions I’ve had for years. These self-care methods are easy to do and empowering, because they enable me to rapidly calm myself and handle stress and triggers better, and to intercept migraine headaches before they become full-blown. I notice calming and less anxiety as I continue to practice.
— Dr. Maureen McMichael, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I carry a heavy backpack, spending most days teaching, or sitting at a computer. AT practices have become vital to eliminating fatigue, muscle pain and tension; and have helped me respond differently to stress. I’m less anxious in general, especially when I’m lecturing to large classes and other groups, where I feel more present and effective when speaking. The AT in-the-body mindfulness practices are also helpful when sitting and using my laptop, and walking.
— Ellen Ritter, Graduate Student in Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I began Alexander Technique (AT) lessons in 2012 to improve presentation skills, and posture. I’ve had unexpected benefits beyond these goals. Most significant is healing from trauma from double mastectomy/reconstruction surgery in 2005. I thought I’d fully recovered from my cancer surgeries; it wasn’t until working with Rebecca that I saw how negatively I was affected. I’ve had deep layers of change with the AT—and increased self-esteem, presence and ease in movement, with a new sense of being myself in my own skin. I have more energy, clarity, and control of stress reactions and wellness issues. I recommend AT for anyone who’s had mastectomy or reconstruction surgery.
— Virlane Torbit, Breast Cancer Survivor, Catlin, IL
Rebecca Ferguson has been teaching her Alexander Technique Mindful Recovery Practices (MRP) classes at Carle Hospital Addiction Recovery Center since 2012. Her classes are fun, and helpful for teaching our clients easy mind/body methods for calming themselves, reducing anxiety, and stress management. We’ve seen these techniques are especially useful for rapid mood elevation and improved self-esteem, which helps with relapse prevention and on-going recovery for substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and PTSD.

…She provides relaxing, comforting hands-on work with clients in the classes, and teaches them practical, uncomplicated ways to relax while developing awareness of themselves physically and mentally. Rebecca is a skilled, caring teacher who has a knack for working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and making Alexander Technique practices easy and accessible to our clients, who give us only positive feedback on her classes.
— Jeff Evans, Manager, Carle Hospital Addiction Recovery Center, Urbana, IL