About Clare Maxwell

The moving human body has been a source of wonder to me since I was a little girl, and I’ve spent a lifetime exploring it and teaching others how to access their own healing superpowers and creativity through movement.

- Clare Maxwell

“Those who do not move,
do not notice their chains.”

- Rosa Luxemburg

About Clare Maxwell

Clare Maxwell - Alexander Technique Training

Sitting still and being quiet was never my forte! Like all of us, I was born with this meaningful and joyful connection to my body and a natural trust in my physical intelligence. I was aware of my body and loved my body. That connection was broken by childhood trauma and distorted by overtraining, unfortunately, when I became a professional dancer.

My standards for myself as a performer during my dance career were extremely high, to the point of being physically destructive. The intense physical activity and drive that had saved me from despair when I was a kid morphed into a state of overdriven dissociation.

It took me years to re-examine my “high standards” and see that they were destroying my career, not sustaining it. The Alexander Technique, which I encountered by accident in a dance class, showed me how to let go of self-destructive attitudes and replace them with positive movement practices that were in harmony with my body’s actual design.

The Alexander Technique calmly centered me in my own body and perceptions. It gave me specific tools to get back in touch with my own thoughts, sensations, and emotions. I could stay present in myself without dissociating anymore even under stress. I recovered my ability to dance easily and expansively—to fly!—with just the right amount of tension.

The Technique restored my trust in and love of my own body. I healed multiple injuries while still staying active professionally and was astonished at the growth in my technical skill and range. All this was possible without toxic overthinking and unnecessary muscular effort of the past.

The Alexander Technique became the foundation on which I built a sustainable career as an independent dance artist and embodiment educator.

After over three decades of study and two decades of teaching, however, I became frustrated with the lack of life-affirming motion in traditional Alexander Technique teaching and practice. I wanted to help my students and fellow teachers apply the AT principles more freely to all movement. I also wanted to help my fellow embodiment teachers do this in their work online as well as in-person so that we could reach more people.

I created Mobile Body Alignment™ four years before the pandemic. Now it is taught worldwide by a growing group of teachers because it can be used easily in activity, on your feet, while interacting with others through public speaking, creative performing, or teaching, especially online.

MBA practices continually refresh the “body schema,” the map of your body that your brain uses to generate physical action, thus bypassing harmful habits of movement. In MBA, we map not just the bones but also the nerves, organs, and important muscle attachments, following patterns laid down over millions of years by evolution.

MBA expands your range of motion & helps you break through restrictive movement habits, engaging students in active self-exploration even online. MBA has three important elements:

  • Spatial elements of dance that expand awareness outside your body
  • Sensory elements that cultivate the felt experience inside your body
  • Mindfulness elements from the Alexander Technique that create a seamless flow between inner and outer experience

I am Clare Maxwell and I am certified as a teacher by The American Society for the Alexander Technique and The International Somatic Movement Education And Therapy Association. I completed my training at The American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City and taught on the volunteer faculty there for 10 years.

I have a postgraduate certificate from the Alexander teacher Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing and have done extensive postgraduate work in the Dart Procedures with Joan and Alex MurrayMarie Stroud, and Luc Vanier. I currently teach in person one day a week at Balance Arts in Manhattan and offer private lessons and Mobile Body Alignment™ classes online.

I also lead Mastermind Groups for other embodiment innovators who want to build a thriving online business and am the creator of a multidisciplinary embodiment teachers' work exchange community called the Experimenters Union.

How Embodied Learning Systems can help you: 

Check out the options below for mobility learners and embodiment professionals so you can get started.

Clare Maxwell

Embodied Learning Systems:
Mobile Body Alignment™

  • Get mobilized and energized for your day
  • Have fun while learning about your body
  • Recover lost mobility
  • Expand existing movement range and expression
  • Discover your own unique grace and coordination

We all know that more movement is good for us, but don’t stop to think that how we move might be affecting us. If we move with too much tension, we wear ourselves out. If we move with ease, we experience vitality and pleasure. It’s that simple.

You don’t have to conquer, change, or improve your body first. You’ll learn simple step-by-step practices that increase mobility and decrease discomfort right away. You’ll want to move more because you already feel better. You’ll get healthier as you move better, no matter what your age or level of ability.

Clare Maxwell

Embodied Learning Systems:

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is traditionally taught one-to-one in person. It activates the optimum relationship between your conscious mind and your unconscious behavior. The teacher uses words, a highly sophisticated kind of touch, and guided movement. Learning is based on understanding functional principles of movement in an embodied way rather than in rote exercise.

You start to notice previously unconscious habits. If those habits are hurting you, the teacher guides you in moving and thinking in a new, healthier way without damaging your body, holding your breath, or compressing your internal organs.

This technique was created by F.M. Alexander (1869–1955) in response to laryngitis that, he eventually discovered, he caused himself by using excessive tension while speaking and reciting. The technique has been passed down from person to person since Alexander founded his original training program in 1931. That it has survived across seven generations of teachers is a testament to its efficacy.

For embodiment educators who want to make a difference in the world and make an abundant living doing it.

Clare Maxwell

Embodied Learning Systems:
Embodiment Educators Mastermind Group

If you are:

  • An Embodiment Innovator
  • A Dance Teacher
  • A Somatic or Therapeutic Movement Teacher
  • An Alexander Technique Teacher
  • A Yoga Instructor
  • A Movement-Based Therapist

Are you tired of being overworked and underpaid for your movement expertise? Are you ready to make an abundant living from the work you love best? People need to get in touch and stay in touch with their bodies now more than ever.

Your unique teaching voice is the core of all your marketing. No other mastermind group will understand that relationship the way we do – I know, because I’ve tried them. I can help you develop your learning community and marketing materials organically, using your teaching voice as the guide.

My small and curated Mastermind groups make all the difference between burnout and success. We will help focus your precious time using my 12 step business success plan. You'll begin to make the income you need and deserve. Free membership in The Experimenters Union is included (see below).

Clare Maxwell

Embodied Learning Systems:
Embodiment Teachers Community

The Experimenters Union is an online work-exchange community for innovative embodiment educators. We test, verify and improve our teaching online. We support each other’s growth and development using a mindfully designed nonhierarchical, facilitated format for work exchange.

We began as a community of Alexander Technique teachers, but have expanded to include all forms of embodiment education because we can discover more about human functioning through cross-disciplinary research and dialogue. We also have a private Facebook page where we help each other with teaching and business success.