“I’ve had a 25-year-old issue with my neck. At best, it was sore with limited range of motion and affecting my balance. At worst, it required me to take time off of work and see a litany of healthcare professionals. However, it wasn’t until I started studying Alexander Technique with Mark last year, that I knew that I’d finally gotten to the root of my issue.
It has been an undoing of old tensions and ways of holding my body; a rediscovery of a more natural posture and movement. The familiar soreness in my neck is gone. Shoulder muscles that were once described by others as “hard as bone” and “ridiculous,” have now softened. Everything, from writing to walking and other types of physical activity, has become easier. It’s weird, but I’ve even been asked whether I’ve gotten taller.
You couldn’t find a more consummate professional than Mark, either. Always on time, fully focused during sessions, kind and considered answers to questions I have, and I come away from each appointment having learned something new.
I’m very grateful to have found Mark and Alexander Technique and highly encourage others with similar issues to see what his practice is about.”
- Anna Chung
“Mark, I just wanted to say thank you! What I learned is making a huge impact. What I'm noticing the most is that my lower back pain is practically non-existent now. Usually when I walk around the city long enough, for example, it starts to hurt, but I've recently gone on multi-hour treks, and it's been totally fine! I also feel lighter, and more aware of my body alignment. It's incredible."
-Giovanna. L (Actor and Musician)
“I have been treated by Mark Vasak from August 2015 until June 2019, when we moved back to Toronto. Initially, I needed to correct my posture (lower back). Last year I was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Mark’s treatment helped me in straightening my back and thus reducing the pain. After every lesson, I would walk out of Mark’s clinic rejuvenated and pain free. The only two things that I regret not having done are seeing Mark more often than every 2 or 3 weeks and doing exercises at home that Mark prescribed. I can recommend his treatment without hesitation.”
- Michael Stefanovic (Project Manager)
“I came to the Alexander technique for help with “posture” and I soon learned how much deeper the work is and have come to find it also benefits many areas of my life. Alexander Technique lessons have been invaluable for helping me learn to stay balanced and poised in many different settings. Mark is an excellent teacher – helping you integrate the material at a profound level while creating a safe and effective learning environment. I wholeheartedly Mark Vasak and Alexander Technique lessons to anyone interested in improving their relationship with their body.”
– Owen T. (Occupational Therapist and Ergonomist)
“Years of progressively deteriorating joint health and chronic pain left me feeling very demoralized and dis-empowered to pursue any of the physical exercise that I had always depended on for health and mental balance. Then one day I was struck by an impulse to rekindle my long-dormant interest in music and to take up classical guitar practice.
It didn't take me long to figure out that the repetitive, physical nature of guitar practice was going to be a potential deal breaker for me but, thankfully, I stumbled across Mark & the Alexander Technique and started lessons. I keep hoping the lessons will make me younger or reverse some poor life choices in my past, which hasn’t happened yet, but in the meantime they have eliminated a lot of pain and left me feeling like a have the tools and freedom to pursue whatever activities inspire me.
My doctor also tells me I am a half inch taller than I was a year ago:)”
-Phil G. (Investment Consultant)
"I, like many people I believe, carried the notion that good posture was something that could be attained by simply repeatedly jerking oneself into a rigid up right spinal position over and over until the habit stuck. How gloriously wrong I was!
Mark notices habits in myself that I have never noticed before. The Alexander technique is a rare and wonderful thing. It is rare inasmuch as that it is a skill which, unlike many others, has truly life altering consequences. It has helped me, and continues to help me, in many facets of my work and life."
- Joshua K. (Actor)
“I’m a professional singer who was having issues with breathing during performances; a friend recommended me to the Alexander Technique since breathing and oration were what instigated the creation of the Technique. Although I originally went in to work with breath technique, what also came up was the recurring pain of an old hip injury, and knee problems as a jogger. Working with fundamental concepts addressed it all.”
“Mark is a very patient and thorough teacher, and is always able to describe a concept in a way that any individual can understand; he is perfectly able to translate physiological terms by way of analogies that I can relate to. He is also able to explain both previously-learned and new concepts from a different perspective that accords with my progress. He is always encouraging and is confident in everyone’s potential; he seems to know the right time to introduce new challenges and when to come back to basics, and in both situations the student still feels like progress is being made.”
“He is incredibly intuitive and has a clear sense of the physical condition as well as influences that may be occurring generally in life. One could easily describe his teaching as holistic. I have been studying with Mark for two years now and Alexander Technique lessons have positively affected more aspects of my life than I could have imagined; they have been (and continue to be) an inspiring journey.”
– Shannon S. (Professional Singer)
“I worked with Mark while training for a summer of two Ultra-marathons. I was experiencing knee pain after long training runs and was becoming very concerned I would not be able to compete. After observing my mechanics and technique Mark got me working on adjustments that were clear, concise and truthfully game-changing for me. Simple visualization exercises, examples, adjustments and calm, confident instruction made making the changes straightforward. Within a very short period, I was running not only pain free, but more efficiently than I ever had, finishing in the top 10% of both races. I highly recommend working with Mark.”
– Kevin W. (Project Manager and Ultra Endurance Athlete)
"It was a fantastic workshop. I've been struggling with a tight neck and hip issue, the lying down exercise helped me feel release and train my shoulders to relax back on their own."
- Lorraine C. (Workshop Participant, 2018)
"This technique helped me to re-align myself. I felt freer when acting and definitely will strive to incorporate this into my daily life and work. Thank-you!"
- Pepper P. (Workshop Participant, 2018)