Testimonials

Six months after knee surgery (ACL reconstruction & meniscus repair) and after a course of prescribed physiotherapy for rehabilitation, I reinjured my knee through excessive use before the healing process was complete. I went back to using a crutch, and was in pain whenever I had to climb up and down stairs. Long-term degenerative changes in my knee joint became a real concern.

AT is new in Malaysia and Gabe Evens is still the only teacher in the country. I started lessons with Gabe at the end of 2009, and the immediate and early results that I saw and felt in myself were simply overwhelming (knee pain vanished overnight – if I chose to apply AT). It was a steep learning curve, but filled with joyful (and simultaneously shocking) discoveries of how badly misaligned I was. I always looked forward to my then weekly lessons with Gabe, a delightful and fun teacher whose passion for AT inspired mine.

I continued having lessons with Gabe regularly over 18 months, and although I haven’t had many lessons since, I am confident that the changes I’ve undergone in terms of my posture and awareness of movement biomechanics are long-term. Gabe’s teaching has been effective and thorough, and I still apply them whatever I do – from learning ballet to lifting weights and running, or just sitting still.

As someone who has been through joint injuries, surgery, and physiotherapy, one of my most keenly felt discovery through AT lessons with Gabe is the knowledge that there is an ideal (most efficient) way of using our body, and that we can have conscious control over it. My surgeon and physiotherapist may have patched me up to basic working condition again, but they couldn't teach me what Gabe taught me: literally, how to walk again.

-- Sumei Toh | Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Both my 16 year old daughter and my 13 year old son suffer from scoliosis. Alexander Technique with Gabriel has helped my children so much. My daughter's physique looks straighter and she thinks that she has grown by a couple of inches! She tells me that her daily physical movements have become more effortless. My son's back is also straighter and he feels better generally. Their music-making seems to have also improved as their sound has "opened" up a lot. Thanks Gabe, for all your help!

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Dennis Sim

My ability to play flute and piano…has improved immeasurably. I can go through a day with much more stamina and happiness no matter what I’m doing. I’ve been through many years of studies…but none has been transforming, as healthy, or for lack of a better word, ‘ability-improving’ as learning the [Alexander] Technique.

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 Anne Gasper | Professional Musician

Gabe helped me to become aware of my bad habits and consciously change them which led to an improvement of my general physical health.  Surprisingly, my emotional state also improved.

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Antonio Monteserin | Language Instructor
Gabe's teaching has helped me tremendously with my body awareness and in turn my body alignment.  This technique has given me the skills to free my neck and upperback from the tension and pain I was experiencing.  I would recommend this technique to everyone and anyone.  We could all use a little more body awareness. 

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 Jennfier S Jackson | LMT
It is my pleasure to write a statement of my appreciation of the work that Gabe Evens does with the Alexander Technique.

I met Gabe when he offered to do an introduction in my body/mind class in the Masters Degree Program in holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University.  I was struck with his earnestness and enthusiasm for his teaching of the technique.  It was clear and effective and elicited attention from the students, who were impressed with the demonstrations.

Subsequently I personally have been receiving lessons from Gabe weekly for four months.  I will be sorry to see him transfer to another state shortly.  In the time I have been receiving lessons, I have been impressed with Gabe’s style of teaching.  It is something that he lives and he is able to share his awareness of his use of self while working with another, which makes it genuine.  I trust him.I am struck by the patience Gabe exhibits in the lessons.  He is structured and works in little steps so as not to confuse.  His ability to notice when corrections are needed impresses me.  His hands are deft at guiding, and he is creative in designing movements which are practical in daily living.  His style is gentle and gracious.  He knows how to teach.I feel that my body has straightened; that I am actually taller.  My shoulders tend to come down from habitual holding. I walk more correctly and my body conserves energy when I am using it at work.  My neck used to be very sore; now it is greatly relaxed.  I have more energy to live by.  My hips and knees are more flexible and freer from soreness.  All of this I relate greatly to the lessons that I have been taking with Gabe.


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Jack Childs | Ed. D, Professor/Founder, Holistic Counseling Masters
Gabe Evens has been instructing me in the Alexander Technique for approximately 6 months, and I can highly recommend him for his technical ability, as well as his professionalism and sensitivity.  His gentle and skillful manner quickly set me at ease about letting him work on my body. 

Although, I was not experiencing chronic pain, I had unconsciously developed some poor habits with my posture.  Whenever I was very tired or encountered stressful situations, the improper way I held my body caused extreme discomfort and, consequently, frequent visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist.  I also had a history of stress headaches.

I was surprised to learn that there was actually something that I could do to prevent the problem, and not just to relieve the problem temporarily.  the Alexander Technique has put me in control of my own well-being.  It is incredible.The technique is not terribly difficult to learn.  However, like anything new, it takes repetition and practice to make it one’s own.  Gabe is moving out-of-state now and so I cannot continue my lessons with him, but I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn what I did. I can wholeheartedly endorse Gabe as an Alexander Technique instructor.  He sincerely wants all of his clients to feel better and be better.

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Joyce Kilmartin
Mr. Evens presented a series of two workshops/demonstrations of Alexander Technique at Rhode Island College.  These workshops were arranged after a long series of telephone calls and email messages between us, trying to work out the details of scheduling. However, in the final event, the workshops were well worth the effort. Student attendance was strong, and interest was even stronger.  His demonstrations with individual students produced visible and immediate results, such that when he offered to teach individual lessons for a day, the schedule filled up quickly.  The students who took lessons with him claimed immediate benefits.

Mr. Evens is a fairly quiet and unassuming man, quite congenial, and a pleasure to work with.  In all our interactions I found him to be flexible and reasonable.  Above all, he is professional.  I regret that he is leaving the Providence area, because I would like to work with him again.

I commend Mr. Evens as a competent professional.

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William M. Jones | Professor of Music and Education