Rebecca Ferguson: Evanston/Wilmette
Contact: MindfulAT.com firstname.lastname@example.org 224-239-5741
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.
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.