The Alexander Technique

How it can enhance freedom and power in the Performing Arts – at all levels.

alexander_img04We are so accustomed to the tensions we carry with us throughout the day that, unless we are in pain we rarely notice it. Yet it has a powerful impact on every goal we set out to accomplish. Often we have strong impulses and desires to do a task or a creative act but there is something stopping us. What is this something? And is it changeable?

The Alexander Technique provides a means for understanding what this is and how we are actually using ourselves, what we are actually doing, even if we feel something else. By becoming more aware, it is possible to change harmful (and mostly unconscious) habits. We then can experience a new sense of freedom, improvement in overall health, alertness and performance in all activities.

In a private class the focus is entirely on what the student needs to work on, and in many cases un-learn, so as to truly find what is really there This can give an amazing amount of confidence, and improvement of one’s skills in the applied task, whether it be to sing, or play an instrument. The Alexander work is specific and yet flexible and even in a group setting – the individual needs of each student will be met.

In a workshop there will be the added dynamic and stimulus of being in a group which can, as Mr. Alexander found out himself, change everything. The day will include: warming-ups, exercises, awareness work, learning the Alexander Technique and gradually applying it to a specific activity. In a relaxed, non- judgmental, yet stimulating atmosphere we will deepen our understanding of how we use ourselves and can improve this use.

F.M. Alexander (1869-1955)

F.M. Alexander being an actor, was concerned with the use and mechanics of the voice, breath and movement. Over the years his “work” now called the “Alexander Technique” has evolved and can be applied to all aspects of living. However for all those engaged in activities that demand the fine tuning of muscles and precisions of thought this work is indispensable and profound. The Alexander Technique is geared for anyone who is interested in the further development of oneself. This work is invaluable for those who would like more freedom in their breath, and in all activities that require some form of breath support and awareness. It is targeted for singers, dancers, actors, musicians of any instrument, or for those curious to awaken these skills. All levels welcome, from the hobbyist to professional.