Jaige Trudel

Jaige studied in Montréal, Québec and Portland, Oregon to complete an accredited 1600 hour Alexander Technique teacher training course, and is currently a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Her background includes many years of travelling for professional musical performance, and she has maintained a deep interest in natural pregnancy and childbirth for most of her life, which included a year of attending home-births with midwives in Maine. She discovered the Alexander Technique in 2007 by way of dealing with chronic pain, and with her first Alexander lesson experienced pain relief and the life-changing power of the work that would lead her to train as a teacher.

Jaige is dedicated to making the Alexander Technique accessible to expecting mothers; her work offers women a way to integrate their changing centre of gravity with ease throughout their pregnancy, as well as giving them the tools to dissolve unnecessary tension and allow for optimal opening, presence and wellbeing. As an expecting mother in her 3rd trimester, Jaige endorses the Alexander Technique as a practice for maintaining a comfortable and trouble-free pregnancy. She lives with her husband in Stanstead, Québec.

Conference : The Alexander Technique : Cultivating the Freedom to Adapt

The Alexander Technique is invaluable to an expecting mother as she encompasses change at an accelerated pace. While her balance and body mass change radically, and she prepares to open herself completely to the unknown territory of giving birth, she must be present with each transformation and able to allow the next change to fully manifest. The Alexander Technique teaches us to suspend our automatic responses to stimuli (especially when the automatic response is one of tensing up and engaging the fear reflex) while simultaneously allowing a more integrated, flowing and easeful response to take place. Since some of our acquired, habitual automatic responses promote pain, imbalance, limited breathing capabilities, rigidity and stress, it is of vital importance that we learn to steer clear of these engrained tendencies.

People turn to the Alexander Technique for all sorts of reasons and experience relief from chronic conditions such as back pain, headaches and debilitating menstrual cramps. As expecting mothers, we can benefit from a more integrated distribution of muscular effort, resulting in less pain, effort and strain, as well as a more efficient labour when the time comes. The technique also supports efficient breathing; improved coordination, poise and balance; improved circulation; increased energy; and an enhanced ability to stay present and aware.

This workshop will present participatory opportunities to experience some of the Alexander Technique for yourself, as well as more information concerning the way we use ourselves, how it effects our functioning, and why this is so critical during the childbearing year. 

“When we stop doing the wrong thing, the right thing does itself” - F. M. Alexander