About Jenessa Garrett
Hello Everyone and thanks for taking a look at my site! My name is Jenessa Garrett and I have been an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher since 2016. I had the privilege of training at the Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique with Rebecca Robbins. I moved out to Portland, Oregon 5 years ago from my tiny town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine in order to find my passion. I had no idea the profound impact that 1600 hours and 3 years of cultivating my own conscious control would have on me. I found my calling. I found my people: conscious humans able to listen, react and respond accordingly to all of life’s little stressors.
Lets rewind a bit. I first found the Alexander Technique in 2006. At that time I was a student at the College of Santa Fe taking a very rigourous African Drum and Dance class. I have always loved to dance and because of this I have also had my fair share of injuries. After a very bad shoulder injury that even my physical therapy could not help, I remember wondering if I would ever “feel” better again. After a year of excruciating pain I wasn’t improving and something needed to be done. My friend at the time suggested that I sign up for a lesson with our school’s Alexander Technique teacher. Melissa Matson introduced me to my one true love. Little did I know that lying on that table for 3 years would in fact end up being my chosen career. After 3 years of lessons and vast pain improvement, I graduated from the College of Santa Fe with my degree in Art History and a newfound respect for myself and pain management.
Fast forward to 2014. Back home in Maine, I began trying to figure out what to do with my life. At this point in time I had forgotten everything helpful about pain management and I now had severe carpal tunnel and I was sleeping in arm splints. For 3 years I accepted this pain until that tiny seed that had been planted years prior finally began to sprout. What was the one thing that had helped me with pain? Duh, Alexander Technique!!! I quickly googled Alexander Technique trainers near me. Up popped Massachusetts, NY and a smattering of courses elsewhere. I crave adventure and it was still too close to home, too close to being comfortable. Lo and behold up popped Rebecca Robbins and her training course in Portland, Oregon. I had visited her 7 years prior thinking it would be my career out of school. Yet funding this endeavour halted any earlier progress.
Call it sheer will and determination, but I was able to get my high school to financially back this new endeavour through Scholarship for America and it’s DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS program.This board usually only aided those who were accepted to accredited universities. However, after having financially put myself through undergrad with basically zero help other than my merit scholarship, I decided to write a letter and state why they needed to open the doors for alternative trades. The lie of going to College and getting a career had been force fed down my throat for decades and I found out the hard way. The economy crashed and here I was with a Bachelor of Arts degree competing with people who had Masters and PhD’s. Awesome.
I was able to plead my case sufficiently enough to the board and I was awarded enough money to make it work. Each year I applied again and each year they gave me more money. Thanks to a wonderful donation from another friend, I was able to train and shed the old Jenessa that didn’t serve my old self. I am happy to say that the Alexander Technique changed my life for the better. I quickly learned that what I thought I knew was rubbish and that habit is extremely tough to kick. With conscious control of the self, having wonderful support in my training and the newfound ability to reflect and change my reactions to the stimulus of living, Alexander Technique truly saved my life. I am no longer the ill tempered devil child who is quick to react, pull down and stifle myself. I am now a woman in control of my narrative. Through the ability to stop and reflect I have afforded myself a bunch of opportunities that I never would have even conceived of being possible. Working on ones self is hard, there is not a magic button that fixes our faults and habits, rather there is a beautiful neuronal network of conscious control we can call upon if we only used our brains. Over and over and over and over….AGAIN.
Now my passion is teaching what I’ve learned while also continuing to grow. There is always room for improvement and as long as you are willing to put in the effort, I can help you venture into the exciting world of Alexander Technique. Here your self and world view will change for the better. Wouldn’t it be nice to start thinking up about yourself and the world and of all the possibilities that you didn’t even know existed?!
Thanks for reading about my journey and I hope to hear from you soon!
AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher