Alexander Technique Training Center

Alexander Technique


The Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville (ATTC-C) is dedicated to providing a thorough education in the principles of the Alexander Technique as defined by F M Alexander and to training teachers to the highest training course standards as established by AmSAT. The faculty of ATTC-C holds kindness, sincerity, self-respect, humility, and commitment as core values in their teaching approach. They aspire to foster and develop the best Alexander Technique teacher in each trainee. By requiring a thorough understanding of the principles of the technique, the writings of F M Alexander, hands on procedures, and a strong personal dedication to self-awareness and good use, ATTC-C faculty seek to establish a firm foundation upon which each trainee can develop as a teacher. Within this framework, this school encourages trainees to explore their unique interests and talents in relationship to becoming a teacher and bringing this work to specific populations.

Chris Friedman and Rahimah Wright, the teaching faculty, are graduates of the Virginia School for Alexander Technique and the ATTiC, located in Charlottesville, VA. Colleagues of longstanding, they present a uniform approach to teaching, which provides a consistency within the school. At the same time, they each have unique strengths that bring depth to the daily curriculum.

1,600 hour AmSAT approved training. 

Classes meet Monday – Thursday
 9:15 am - 12:45 pm
September – May
 / Tuition: $525.00 monthly
Phone: (434) 960-8490
1214 East Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Alexander Technique

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for over 100 years. By teaching how to change faulty postural habits, it enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress.

Why do people study the Alexander Technique? People study the Technique for a variety of reasons. The most common is to relieve pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system.

Another reason people take lessons in the Alexander Technique is to enhance performance. Athletes, singers, dancers, and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement.
The most far-reaching reason people study the Technique is to achieve greater conscious control of their reactions.
Most of us have many habitual patterns of tension, learned both consciously and unconsciously. These patterns can be unlearned, enabling the possibility of new choices in posture, movement and reaction. During lessons you’ll develop awareness of habits that interfere with your natural coordination.  You’ll learn how to undo these patterns and develop the ability to consciously redirect your whole self into an optimal state of being and functioning. Through direct experience you’ll learn how to go about your daily activities with increasingly greater ease and less effort.
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Chris Friedman

Chris Friedman has been teaching Alexander Technique in Charlottesville for more than 20 years and taught AT, Nia and Yoga at Studio 206 for 14 years.  Founded in 1990 by Chris, Studio 206 was Charlottesville’s first and foremost mind/body education center which focused on conscious fitness practices like Yoga and Nia, and the foundational work of the Alexander Technique.  Chris recently closed Studio 206 and opened new offices at 1214 East Jefferson Street for the Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville, of which she is the current director.

Chris is an AmSAT certified teacher, graduating from the Virginia School for Alexander Technique (Charlottesville’s first Alexander Technique training course) in 1989.  Chris completed a post-graduate Alexander Technique training in the Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf in 2010.  She completed an advanced teacher refresher course taught by John Nicholls in 2014.  In addition to running ATTC-C, The Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville, she teaches a Yoga/Stretch class that incorporates body awareness through the influence of the Alexander Technique.

Teaching and supporting those interested in improving coordination, becoming more self aware, and gaining greater consciousness in managing life’s challenges inspires and animates Chris’ practice.  Her interest in movement and fitness have guided her to develop a specialty in working with individuals who are seeking to regain strength, flexibility, stamina and focus with regards to exercise and health.

Chris is available both for private Alexander lessons and group classes, as well as private yoga/exercise classes.
She can be reached at or (434) 960-8490.

Rahimah Wright

Having lived in a family where mindfulness and being in the present moment were valued, it was only natural that Rahimah would have an interest in the Alexander Technique when it was introduced to her in high school. After graduating from high school, her A.T. teacher and friend (and later to be mother-in-law) invited her to enroll at the Alexander Technique Training Center an AmSAT certified 1,600 hour course in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has always considered this gesture to be a very precious gift and is forever grateful for the opportunity to have had that time of deeper self-understanding and awareness as well as the opportunity to engage with the world in an empowered and useful way for the rest of her life. She has loved teaching Alexander Technique since graduating from the course in 2002 and is looking forward to investigating the ways in which this work applies to life for the rest of hers.

She taught Alexander technique inspired yoga classes for five years before having children, has used the technique to run three marathons and completed a six weekends long teacher refresher course with John Nicholls in 2014.

She teaches privately and is on the faculty of the Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville – a sister school to the Alexander Technique Training in Chicago.

She can be reached by email at or by phone at (434) 960-4475

 Chris                                                                             Rahimah
     Chris      Rahimah