About Rebecca

Rebecca Ferguson is an Alexander Technique (AT) teacher certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). AmSAT-certified teachers train for three years, and meet the highest international training standards for Alexander Technique teachers.

AT in-the-body mindfulness practices reduced or eliminated Rebecca’s chronic neck and spine pain, neuropathy, PTSD/trauma symptoms, and Raynaud’s Disease.

Her AT practice reduced chronic pain and trauma symptoms to the point that Rebecca was able to get and stay clean and sober from addiction to alcohol, as well as opioid pain pills and tranquilizers prescribed to treat her conditions. Along with working a 12 Step recovery program, Rebecca’s AT practice has provided in-the-body tools that have enabled her to live clean and sober since January of 2009, while still dealing every day with chronic pain, PTSD symptoms, and other issues.

In addition, abstinence from alcohol and opioids, and daily practice of the AT’s unique postural and gravity-bearing body mechanics practices reduced Rebecca’s bone loss, and enabled her to regain approximately 1/2” in height.

Rebecca’s healing and ongoing recovery with a practice of the AT inspired her to train and certify as a teacher. After studying the AT world-wide for 10 years, she  completed her certification training with Alexander Technique Urbana.

Rebecca developed Mindful Alexander Technique (MAT) practices based in the mindful AT methods that she used to reduce her own pain, anxiety and trauma triggering, and get and stay clean and sober.

For more information about Rebecca’s recovery with MAT and a 12 Step program, please go to “Rebecca’s Recovery” under the “MAT Specialties” on the right side of the website.

Rebecca is based in the Chicago and Champaign/Urbana areas, teaching lessons, workshops and classes to Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Health clients, and performing artists. She also teaches and presents at other locations in the US, and abroad.

Rebecca is a guest lecturer on addiction and recovery in the UIUC Community Health Dept.

Rebecca specializes in:

Mindful Recovery Practices (MRP) have been taught since 2012 in customized classes for young adults through seniors in US treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction, and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma/ PTSD.  MRP incorporates 12 Step recovery principles, and complements standard Behavioral Health programs such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and medication regimens such as Suboxone and Naltrexone therapy.

For more information, please go to “Mindful Recovery Practices“, under the MAT Specialties” sidebar.

 

Mindful Labyrinth Walks

Labyrinth walking and labyrinth art have been part of Rebecca Ferguson’s spiritual and personal development since college.

Rebecca developed Alexander Technique-based “Mindful Labyrinth Walking” practices that are an integral part of her recovery from opioids, tranquilizers and alcohol, as well as provide empowering in-the-body mindfulness methods for calming and dealing daily with pain and PTSD issues.

Rebecca teaches Mindful Labyrinth Walking classes/workshops, and is a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator with Veriditas, an international organization that promotes labyrinth walking, education and meditation.

Mindful Labyrinth Walking and workshops are customized for issues such as addiction and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and eating disorders.

For more information, please go to “Mindful Labyrinth Walks“, under the MAT Specialties” sidebar.

 

Mindful Moves (MM) practices designed to boost metabolic functions, for  combatting “Sitting Disease”, and reducing stress, pain and fatigue when sitting, and/or working at a standing workstation.

For more information, please go to the “Mindful Moves” tab on the website.

 

MAT for Cancer Survivors & Patients

MAT offers easy “Mindful Moves” mind/body self-care and wellness practices for cancer patients and survivors wherever they are on their journey: post-surgeries such as mastectomy and reconstruction,  and/or during chemotherapy and radiation.

For more information, please go to the “Survivor Wellness” tab on the website.

Rebecca is a provider with the Evanston, IL-based Heartwood Foundation Women and Cancer Program, teaching AT practices to women at all points on their journey with cancer.   She has taught at Gilda’s Club in Chicago and at Urbana’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Rebecca’s artwork is in corporate and private US collections.  She is a member of ArtTable, a US arts advocacy organization.

Prior experience includes marketing communications, technical writing, and training for high-tech firms and publishers, including Pacific Bell and Simon & Schuster.