“…What I found to be most interesting was the way Judy guided me. She applied a minute amount of pressure which actually suggested how to move instead of demanding it. I felt that this allowed me to make my own realization as to what I needed to do, and also to feel more accomplished that I was able to find it…”
—James F, HS acting student, Ocean County, NJ
Wikipedia defines the Alexander Technique as ‘an educational process that develops the ability to realign posture and to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension. Alexander believed the individual’s self-awareness could be inaccurate, resulting in unnecessary muscular tension such as when standing or sitting…walking or running inefficiently, and responding to stressful stimuli in an exaggerated way. Alexander said that those who habitually “misused” their muscles could not trust their feelings (sensory appreciation) when carrying out activities or responding to situations emotionally.
‘(Frederick Matthias) Alexander developed the technique’s principles in the 1890s in an attempt to alleviate breathing problems and hoarseness during public speaking. He credited his method with allowing him to pursue his passion for acting in Shakespearean theater.’
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Judy received her Alexander Technique teacher training at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. Her first and most influential teacher was Martha Hansen Fertman, co-founder and now director of the Philadelphia School. Judy studied with other renowned teachers including Marjorie Barstow and Elizabeth Walker, both students of FM Alexander. She recently completed a post-graduate course in New York City with John Nicholls.
Judy brings over 30 years of experience with the Alexander Technique to her teaching of both groups and individuals. She has taught groups at the collegiate level: West Chester University in West Chester, PA and TCNJ in Trenton, NJ; high school level: Performing Arts Academy in Ocean County, NJ and Red Bank Performing Arts Academy in Monmouth County, NJ; and through adult education centers: Cheltenham Adult School in Cheltenham, PA and Mt. Airy Learning Tree in Mt. Airy, PA.
People of all ages, diverse backgrounds and varied careers have benefited from their individual Alexander Technique lessons with Judy. Some of her clients are performers who take lessons to learn to perform with increased comfort and ease. She has also helped many people who have come to her suffering from chronic pain.Others spend many hours a day working at a computer and study the Technique to learn to sit and work more comfortably. Judy tailors individual lessons to each person’s needs and goals to optimize results.
“I found the Alexander Technique and my wonderful teacher Judy Pagon at a time when I needed them most. I was dealing with a lot of fibromyalgia pain and knew that the way I used my body must be contributing to this in some way. Exercises, medications, and even massage did not help. I did not know much about Alexander Technique when I started taking lessons. All I knew was that I needed some kind of very gentle body work that would offer some kind of relief and improve flexibility and posture. I had no idea I was about to learn so much more than this. From the first lesson I was amazed how a simple touch from my teacher could ‘move mountains’ in my body as well as in my mind! My enjoyment of movement, my body, my mind and my life have all been deepened and enriched from this work.”
—Jennifer W, paralegal, Deptford, NJ
For more information about the Alexander Technique:
- Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
- Alexander Technique International
- Alexander Technique Teachers of Greater Philadelphia
Photograph by Jano Cohen Photography.