About Me

My Story

I grew up in the Maritimes and graduated from Mount Allison University in 2014 with a triple minor in Theatre, Music and French. During my theatre studies, I enjoyed learning and filling roles both onstage as a singer/actor and offstage as a technician, graphic designer and carpenter.

Jay as Elsa Haloween 2018 Teaching with Langmobile

I moved to Montréal in 2014 and completed an ESL teaching certificate (CELTA) that started my journey as a teacher/animator! I started teaching kids in 2015 with Sportball Québec leading their multisport program in daycares and weekend parent and child classes.

I eventually joined the team at Langmobile, where I worked for four years in various teaching and supervisor roles, where I got to lead workshops in daycares and afterschool programs teaching English, Zumba, yoga and music! During this time I also worked for Les Petits Ménestrels teaching music and for 123 Steps Ahead teaching creative movement.

During the early days of the pandemic, with more time on my hands, I started delving back into some artistic passions from my past. I rediscovered my love for databases and coding 🤓 and using modern web languages to create useful and beautiful web apps & websites.

I also continued my DIY passion while in lockdown, building those custom shelves, nooks or desks and lighting our apartment to perfection! All these artistic pastimes do involve a certain use of the body, whether it be carpentry or coding I knew the best help for doing those activities sustainably, would be a resource from my past: The Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique (AT) has always helped me manage wrist and arm pain when using the computer since I learned about it in 2014. AT gave me useful tools to foster a better awareness of my body so that as I do exciting and fun things on the computer or in other tasks involving physical labour I can notice when unhelpful tensions start to get in my way. With the transitions brought on by the pandemic, I decided to go back to school, this time to become an AT Teacher!

Justin at school! (Montreal School of the Alexander Technique)

Training to become an AT Teacher is a 3-year program, during which you learn to notice and prevent unhelpful tensions in your body, in order to eventually help others foster that awareness. AT is a Manual therapy, but also a form of body re-education that is done in the form of one-on-one lessons with a certified AT teacher, the goal is to empower the student with the knowledge and tools necessary to be an active participant in the process of healing injury or strain on the body. AT is wide-reaching, and can help anyone from professional dancers and musicians to people who use a computer or cell phone! It can help us when sitting or standing, but also when we’re in movement doing activities like walking or running.

A key principle of the Alexander Technique is the role the head and neck have in initiating movement in the rest of the body. An AT teacher will use their hands to help guide their student into finding more space and freedom in the head and neck, to allow the rest of the body to lengthen and widen and move in a more gentle way. In AT, the teacher uses their hands, as well as words to help the student to foster a sense of groundedness in their bodies. By noticing our habitual ways of moving, we can note which habits are potentially getting in our way rather than helping us move our bodies

As I deepen my study in the Alexander Technique, I am excited to be launching my own workshops for kids in Daycares! I will take the wealth of experience I have from animating and teaching children and add my new research and awareness on how the body moves.

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