About Rebecca

Rebecca Ferguson Keays 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.

Over time, daily practice of the AT helped Rebecca with balance, gait, and behavior/mood issues which emerged after numerous Traumatic Brian Injuries (TBI) that started with a diving accident at age 13.

AT in-the-body mindfulness and movement practices eliminated Rebecca’s chronic neck pain and related neuropathy, as well as decades of migraines and Raynaud’s Disease.

Other issues included ongoing PTSD based in multiple traumatic events, causing chronic hypervigilance, depression and other symptoms that she has also dealt with all her life.

The AT has provided in-the-body methods for pain and stress reduction, calming and self-regulation, enabling her to manage pain and PTSD symptoms without the medications
prescribed for decades to treat her conditions.

After studying the AT world-wide with many wonderful teachers over two decades, Rebecca’s ongoing healing inspired her to train and certify as a teacher.

She completed her certification training with Alexander Technique Urbana in 2012.

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

Rebecca is based in Champaign/Urbana, IL, and teaches and lectures about her unique work with the AT in other US locations and abroad. From 2012 to 2019, she was a guest lecturer in the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign Community Health Dept.


Rebecca’s MAT classes/workshops include:

Mindful Labyrinth Walks (MLW)

Labyrinth walking and labyrinth art have been part of Rebecca Ferguson’s spiritual and personal development since college. Labyrinth walking is practiced globally for calming, meditation, and issues such as grief, stress, and PTSD.

A Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, in 2011 Rebecca develeoped Mindful Labyrinth Walking practices that she began teaching to local groups at Urbana’s Crystal Lake Labyrinth. Veriditas is an international organization that promotes labyrinth walking, education and meditation.

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

Go to “Mindful Labyrinth Walks“, under the MAT Specialties” sidebar for more information.


Mindful Moves
 
(MM)

Mindful Moves (MM) practices are designed to boost metabolic functions that help combat “Sitting Disease”, which is also known as “Metabolic Disorder”.

Mindful Moves help reduce stress, pain and fatigue especially when sitting, and/or working at a standing workstation.

Mindful Moves have been taught at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and in many other venues since 2012.

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


Mindful Recovery Practices (MRP)

Mindful Recovery Practices have been taught since 2012 in customized classes for young adults to seniors in US treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction, and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders.

MRP works in tandem with Behavioral Health programs such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and medication regimens such as Suboxone and Naltrexone therapy.

Mindful Recovery Practices have been taught at Carle Hospital Addiction Recovery Center, Urbana; at Cook County Jail in Chicago; and at Prairie Center Behavioral Health.

Go to “Mindful Recovery Practices“, under the MAT Specialties” sidebar for more information.


MAT for Cancer Survivors & Patients

MAT for Cancer Survivors & Patients offers easy “Mindful Moves” in-the-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.

MAT for Cancer Survivors & Patients is helpful for reducing pain and stress, and improving circulation, which can be helpful with lymphedema issues.

Trained in Lymphatic Drainage, Rebecca brings extra knowledge to her AT work with patients and survivors.  Please note that Rebecca does not offer or teach lymphatic drainage with her AT teaching.

Rebecca has been a provider with the Evanston, IL-based Heartwood Foundation “Women and Cancer” Program; she has also taught at Gilda’s Club in Chicago;
and at Urbana’s Mills Breast Cancer.

Go to the “Survivor Wellness” tab on the website for more information

 

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Rebecca’s paintings, painted/gilded glass art, prints, and commissioned works are in corporate and private collections throughout the US.  She is a member of ArtTable, a US arts advocacy organization.

Other professional experience includes research, marketing communications, and writing for high-tech startups, Pacific Bell, and publishers including MacGraw-Hill Osborne and Simon & Schuster.