How Alexander Technique Can Improve Performance in all Life's Activities

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"The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience."
 

Patrick Maddams, Managing Director, Royal Academy of Music

 

"I can definitely say that I wouldn't have had the rowing success that I have had without the Alexander Technique"

Valerie Thompson Williams, Rowing masters gold medalist

 

"To have a good voice you need to have good use, and to have good use you need to have a good voice."

Michael McCalion
Voice Tutor
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
 

 

"It has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy, and deal with almost paralysing stage fright"

William Hurt, Actor

 

“The Alexander Technique has made an enormous contribution to my work as a character clown, enhancing my skills in voice production, singing, mime, slapstick, characterisation, playing a one man band and falling on my bum without hurting myself!"


Professor Paradox
Character Clown

“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you”

John Cleese

 

Alexander Technique - Performance Benefits

How Alexander Technique Can Improve Performance in all Life's Activities

 

Many of our pupils come for Alexander Lessons because they want to improve performance in some area of their lives: golf, music, horse riding, acting, singing, etc and in so doing they embark on an exciting journey of self discovery and improvement that will often have surprising and unexpected results

 Alexander Technique for Actors and Performers

The Technique has for many years been taught in all major drama and music schools throughout the UK and beyond. Improved use of the self enables an actor to move in a more natural manner, and from a 'point of neutrality' the performer is more able to adopt the movement styles necessary to portray character. It enhances spontaneity and vitality, increases stage presence, and helps actors and performers to overcome stage fright. It is even used by clowns and storytellers both to give presence to the work and to maintain agility during slapstick routines

Musicians typically use excess tension and develop poor habits of use associated with playing an instrument, and the Alexander Technique can help correct the crooked necks of violinists, the tension of trumpeters, and the unbalanced stance of flautists. Invariably musicians find that improved use improves the quality of their playing, and their confidence and stage presence.

For More Articles and information use this link - actors and performers

 

Alexander Technique for Sports and Fitness

Sportsmen and women are sometimes a little coy about extolling the benefits of the Alexander Technique as they don't want to give away the secrets of their competitive advantage, but many leading competitors have found it to be helpful. From an early age we are taught to think 'ready, get set, go'. but this preparation is not always useful, for 'get set is an imperative to stiffen up, fix, and use excess tension, which is counter productive. It is common to see joggers hoping to improve fitness and vitality, tightening up and using themselves so badly that it is questionable whether they are doing more harm than good. We need the right amount of tension throughout the body, but even more importantly, we need the right mental attitude. The Alexander Technique enables an increased level of awareness of what we are doing, improved breathing, and better balance and coordination. It has been used by Olympic gold medal winning teams in sports as diverse as riding and rowing, and is used to improve performance in swimming, golf, athletics and cycling. more information ...

 

Alexander Technique for Improved Breathing and Voice

 

It was voice problems that first prompted the young Alexander to try to find out more about breathing and voice. What he discovered was that our tendency to interfere with the vocal apparatus; excess tension in the neck, wrong position of the head in relation to the neck, sucking in air and gasping for breath, and that ready, get set, go thing again before attempting to recite or sing, all led to a poor vocal performance, and even damage to the vocal area of the larynx. Have a look at the video of the late Michael McCalion, voice tutor from RADA and enjoy the quality of his voice.

 

Please use the following links to the STAT website for more information on how the Alexander Technique can be beneficial for;

 

Wellbeing

Pregnancy

For Children

 

There is also so STAT channel on You Tube with lots of excellent videos of demonstrations and master classes click here

 

“We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.”

Prof Nikolaas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology:

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Celebrities who have written or spoken about the performance and health enhancing benefits of the Alexander Technique include:

Sir Paul McCartney

John Cleese

Piers Brosnan

Leslie Garrett

George Bernard Shaw

 Paul Newman,

Ben Kingsley,

Kevin Kline,

 Sir Colin Davis

William Hurt

Richard Geer

 Yehudi Menuhin,

Sir George Trevelyan

Professor Paradox

Sting

David Bowie

Aldous Huxley

Julie Andrews

Madonna

Yehudi Menuhin

James Galway

Jeremy Irons

Joan Bakewell

The British Olympic Rowing Team

Roald Dahl

Judy Dench

Michael Caine

Sir Charles Sherrington - Neurophysiologist

Ben Kingsley

Ruby Wax

Robin Williams

Julia Sawalha

Michael Palin

Sir Henry Irving

Sheila Hancock

Jennifer Saunders

Joanna Lumley

Linford Christie

Aldos Huxley

Daley Thompson

Prof John Dewey

Prof Raymond Dart

Prof Nikolaas Tinbergen