Who is Lilly Sutton?
Lilly Sutton, M.S. is a petite, gentle soul who has completed over 2,000 hours of training and is certified to teach lessons through Alexander Technique International. As a master-level teacher, she has lead numerous community classes and been a guest teacher at several universities. With her kind and light-hearted approach, she enjoys teaching people of all ages and backgrounds.
During a recent interview with Sutton, I asked the following questions:
What is the Alexander Technique?
It’s a practical method for moving with more ease and poise, and for developing an effortless, dynamically balanced posture. It can improve performance in any activity, from standing, to breathing, to working at a computer, to public speaking. It’s especially known for relieving back pain, neck pain, chronic stress, and anxiety.
Who was F.M. Alexander?
He was an Australian actor who lived from 1869 to 1955. Early in his acting career, he had on-going problems with laryngitis that doctors couldn’t cure. Alexander suspected that it was something he was doing that was causing the problem. Through a process of self-observation and experimentation, Alexander not only solved his vocal problem, but also discovered a method for improving overall mind and body coordination. Friends noticed how much he had changed and asked him to show them what he had done. He began teaching it to others, and that’s how the Alexander Technique began.
What are some of the specifics that people learn during a lesson?
Students learn three basic skills: 1) How to recognize and release excess muscle tension; 2) How to cooperate with gravity so that they become more grounded, and more buoyant at the same time 3) How to identify their habitual reactions, so that they can respond more flexibly to any situation. This includes physical, mental, and emotional flexibility.
What happens during a lesson?
We work with everyday activities, like walking, standing, working at a computer, driving a car, speaking, and breathing. Many students work with special interests, such as playing an instrument, sports, meditation, and yoga.
I use conversation and gentle hands-on guidance to enhance the student’s awareness and to help them cooperate with their natural coordination. Students learn to move more freely, with less effort. During lessons, students often say, “It’s so easy, it feels like I’m not doing anything!”.
How many lessons does a person need?
That depends on the person’s goals and learning style. Some students make profound changes in just a few lessons. However, there is no end to the potential benefits, and for some it becomes a lifetime of learning.
How long are lessons and how much do lessons cost?
Lessons last 50 minutes and cost $65.
Do you have any educational materials to go along with the lessons?
Yes, I produced a 15-minute Guided Constructive Rest ® recording and an instructional booklet that students can use on their own. It’s a powerful practice for calming the mind, relieving stress, and releasing uncomfortable muscle tension. It involves quietly lying on the floor and listening to a recording for 15 minutes a day. It often relieves tension-related pain in the back, head, neck, and shoulders. As you can imagine, it’s a very pleasant experience. Students usually feel more peaceful and whole after the practice.
How is it sold and how much does it cost?
It can be ordered on my website and it costs $25.
What do you like most about your work?
I love getting to know my students and seeing them feeling better and being happier and more at peace. The lessons are fun and help you to appreciate the present moment.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for interviewing me. I appreciate this opportunity to tell others about my work.