This Might Help Us
Hi, my name's Grae.
I teach mindful posture and movement, and I help people with chronic pain and other body stuff.
I'd truly love to help you get along better with your body.
A Little More About Me
I believe that you (and everyone else) deserve to know how your brain and body work in practical ways that let you feel, move, and live better. I do not have all the answers, but since 2016 I have worked with many hundreds of people to figure their answers out, including folks living with many forms of chronic pain as well as people who depend professionally on their bodies such as actors, dancers, and athletes. I'm also experienced working with trauma in the body, and I've taught movement at a dozen or so universities and conservatories.
Prior to that, I studied human development, learning, and functioning across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, education, psychology, neuroscience, and anatomy. I also spent three years training full time to become a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which is at the core of how I work with people.
Alexander Technique is a transformative method of learning to reintegrate mind and body shown to be both more effective and longer lasting than other interventions, including physical therapy, for at least some types of chronic pain, because it gives you the tools to change your habits. One person I worked with described it as couple's counseling for your body, and I like that description.
Personally, I lived with severe chronic neck and shoulder pain for years, beginning in my early 20's, due (I now understand) to hypermobility. Like many people, after some failed attempts to address it, I came to believe I might be broken and that it would be all further downhill as I got older. I manage this so well now that I no longer think of myself as living with chronic pain, but it took entirely too long to get there, and it's one reason I am passionate about this -- and why I'll never bullshit you about it. I've been there.
As for a little about my personal life, I'm neurospicy and queer. I'm an obsessive gardener and home orchardist with around 70 fruit trees/shrubs at last count. I live with two young daughters, five chickens, two cats, and a wonderful wife who works in women's health. I've also performed, taught, and directed improvisational theater for almost 20 years (which honestly I don't feel old enough to say, though I did get an early start).
I truly hope that what I have to offer might help you.
Kate A. said:
"I have alleviated so much pain from unneeded tension: lower back pain so bad it hurt to breathe, frequent headaches, pinching shoulder pains, and a hard time standing for long. Working with Graeson and the Alexander Technique has been the most life changing thing I've ever done for my physical health. I have learned to help myself feel great in my own body. I feel empowered to make good choices. You deserve to be able to do this too. Graeson is a magical teacher who creates a safe and supportive space to learn about new ways of moving and being in your body. 10/10, would recommend, it's amazing."
Rosalind H. said:
"I can't say enough good things about Graeson and his work. I was so impressed by our first interaction that I signed up for a series of sessions with Graeson. At first our work focused on my aikido practice but soon expanded into more. I am a woman in her 60's who loves doing all sorts of sports and activities -- cycling, surfing, aikido -- and also has challenging work both physically and mentally. I have struggled with posture my whole life and more recently integrating an ankle injury and hip pain/stiffness. Graeson has helped me to find ease with all of these issues which has enabled me to continue doing what I love pain-free which means freer and more joyous movement. My appreciation for his work is boundless -- Thank you Graeson!"
Mary L. said:
"I feel liberated from fifteen years of stress and tension after working with Graeson. Over a fifteen year period I struggled with stress that manifested into a very tight neck and shoulders. Within twelve weeks of working with Graeson, I found immense relief. With his help I have gained control of my entire body, even beyond the physical. I have a new sense of calm. If you want to make a change to address pain, you will be in good hands with Graeson."
Lauren H. said:
"My experience with Graeson has been amazing. Having a background in dance, sports and eastern medicine it is a joy to work with someone who understands the nervous system so well. Graeson helps me to reprogram my body and mind every session and gives me tools to maintain the changes in everyday life. I highly recommend anyone in chronic pain see Graeson. If you are an athlete and in good shape and health, he can help you reach your greatest potential, prevent injuries, and optimize your performance ability. I always walk out of a session with less pain, more awareness, and best of all peace of mind."
Lynette V. said:
"I went to a chiropractor before, but that was only a temporary solution. Graeson has helped me so much, and made a big impact in my life! I learned how to sit and get up out of a chair correctly. Walking correctly has helped eliminate lower back pain. Holding my head correctly has eliminated headaches. If you have any issues with back pain, headaches or trouble with balance you should make an appointment with him. Don't suffer needlessly. His techniques are life changing fixes. Graeson is a kind, compassionate teacher."
Nick Z. said:
"Graeson is Grrrrreat! I went in with pain in my wrist/elbow that was affecting my work and it's all better now! No flare ups. In the process he helped my bowling game (seriously) and was able to find the cause and solution to my knee pain that I had previously resigned myself to always having... if you or a loved one has any pain I highly recommend Graeson!"
Niki K. said:
"Graeson's work is life-changing. After two knee surgeries I believed I would always suffer from knee pain and additional pain and injuries. Graeson helped/taught me how to move in a way that was natural and best for my body. Since working with Graeson, I've experienced almost a 100% reduction in flare ups. I recommend Graeson whole-heartedly!"
Luke D. said:
"Graeson is a joy to work with, and now I can identify when I am in a poor position (like slouching my neck), and I am able to bring myself into alignment without adding tension. My movement feels more free, my body is more relaxed, and I'm able to be more calm altogether."
Krysta A. said:
"Graeson helped me fix things I didn't even know were wrong, and all the while he maintained an attitude of 'non-fixing,' focusing rather on growth and expansion. Our work gave me new options for how I move and exist in my body -- many aches and pains that I thought were just a product of getting older were eased directly, and I now have options when they creep back in. Everyone can find benefit from this."
Kyle S. said:
"Working with Graeson showed me that I didn't have to be tense. He showed me that my body is capable of relaxing, of moving, of not feeling like my limbs are bolted in like some Frankenstein monster. I was surprised by the things my body could do -- like run without clomping and hurting! And I couldn't have asked for a kinder, more patient teacher than Graeson."
Schedule a consultation or follow-up appointment with me!
Appointments are ~55 minutes long and held as a private video call over Zoom. You'll tell me your story, and we'll work together right away on whatever problems you need help with.
You'll have definite, practical things to take immediately away, and we'll also figure out a longer-term plan that makes sense for you.
You'll also receive written notes, stored on my client website, so you don't have to worry about remembering everything.
If the consultation does not meet your expectations, I will happily return your payment.
Please note that if you have an acute injury, you should seek medical care; I generally assist people with recurring or ongoing concerns.
I currently have availability on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with day and evening hours, Pacific time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out using the form below or e-mailing me directly at "graeson at thismighthelp dot us."
Sliding Scale Pricing
You are welcome to pick what makes sense for you from the three pricing options below. At the reduced rate, my expenses and a minimum wage are covered. At the benefactor rate, you're helping me to be able to continue to offer reduced rates.
Please be assured that I will treat you no different regardless of the option you choose, and you absolutely do not have to explain yourself to me.
I also understand that even the reduced rate is out of reach for some people. If that's you, please reach out to me with the contact form below as I do sometimes have a limited number of scholarship/pay-what-you-can spaces open.
I'd be really happy to hear from you, and I try very hard to answer everybody.
You can also e-mail me directly at "graeson at thismighthelp dot us."
Please note that I am unable to offer specific advice via e-mail. If you are looking for help specific to your situation, please schedule a consultation.
(By submitting, you're giving me permission to e-mail you stuff that might be helpful. I promise not to spam.)