Lessons in the Alexander Technique with Michael Ostrow have taught me to identify and improve the postural habits in my neck and upper body which have caused me severe discomfort for years. As a result, my pain and discomfort have been markedly reduced and my posture has improved.
Arthur Aufses, MD
Former Chief of Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Working with Michael Ostrow on Alexander Technique has been a life changing experience for me. I started working with him about one year ago, because I had pain in my lower back and neck from a major surgery/accident I had years ago and was no longer finding relief through massage therapy and chiropractic work. Within a few lessons, I had started to feel relief from the constant pain I would feel, but more astonishingly, I started to notice how much clearer my mind was feeling. Years ago I was diagnosed as bi-polar, and to my delight, Alexander Technique has proven to provide more of a permanent relief to the symptoms than any medication I have been prescribed. I can now often be heard strongly urging my friends and family to go and visit Michael for physical and mental pain. We live in a world that's high-speed and rushed, especially here in New York City, and we often find ourselves in a constant state of Fight or Flight. Working with Michael has taught me how important it is to slow down and connect with the world- how much healthier we would be as a society if we all took the time to work on ourselves. I will be a lifelong student in the study of Alexander Technique and plan on working with Michael forever... Or until he retires... :-)
After many years and six teachers of the Alexander Technique, with Michael Ostrow I have finally found the best.
International oboe soloist and teacher at Hartt School, Queens College, and NYU
Michael Ostrow is a magician. Neither my body nor my flute playing has ever felt this great.
Flute teacher, Juillard School, pre-college division, retired
I am tremendously satisfied with the Alexander Technique Training Michael Ostrow has provided me with. His direct, clear-cut way of conducting the lessons is a gift to able to experience. I am delighted and feel privileged that I have the opportunity to participate in this life enhancing and crucial training. It has been a big turning point – no doubt – one of the most important parts of the puzzle I have been searching for in the last several years as a person challenged with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME).
I have worked with Laurie Kline for over five years: the results were immediately gratifying, and have been deeply satisfying in the long term. Laurie's thoughtful, supportive teaching style has made a huge difference in my health and wellbeing. I initially needed help with lower back pain, which was relieved quickly (and miraculously, I thought!). Over time I have learned a lot about how my muscular-skeletal system works and how to use my body so that it will take care of me. I have better, stronger posture, I can exercise more comfortably and efficiently, I know how to stop reacting to stress and tension, and I know how to rest. The Alexander Technique is worth the investment of time and money because I'll reap the benefits forever, and Laurie is an excellent, knowledgeable, patient and insightful teacher.
Mary Ellen Curley
The Alexander Technique has provided the only solution to my hip and groin tendinitis that doctors were unable to fix. Laure is a gentle and patient teacher. She provides great insight into how to reverse the misuse of the body that leads to tension and pain.
Professional New York City ArtistC
Laurie Kline is an incredibly intuitive and supportive teacher. I have benefited from working with her in so many ways. As a professional actor, the Alexander Technique has been a huge aid in my physical endurance and ability to stay in the moment. Laurie continues to help me understand the spine and all of its strength, and with that understanding I am able to be more effective in everything that I do.
Jeanne Lauren Smith
Member of the New Stage Theatre Company
I used to get frequent massages to relieve the pain in my neck and shoulders. One masseuse told me, "Lady, you need to fix your body." It was then that I found the New York Center for the Alexander Technique. Laurie has been helping me to undo decades of poor posture and tensing of muscles that I wasn't even aware I was tensing. I still have a long way to go, but my neck, and shoulder pain has greatly diminished, as has the TMJ in my jaw. I wish I had started the Alexander Technique decades ago.