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The Alexander Technique

F. M. Alexander instructs Professor John Dewey © 2015 The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, London

F. M. Alexander instructs Professor John Dewey
© 2015 The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, London

 

Throughout life, we develop habits of posture, thought and movement that cause discomfort, pain and injury, limiting our potential for action and expression.

 

The Alexander Technique is a method of kinesthetic education for transforming our counterproductive habits into optimal functioning, health and wellbeing.

 

The Alexander Technique Can Help:

  • Those with chronic pain and other medical conditions to improve overall coordination so that healing can take place more easily.
  • Public speakers to communicate calmly, clearly and effectively without causing vocal strain and fatigue.
  • Actors to improve their range of expression and increase their freedom and control.
  • Musicians to practice with ease and efficiency and perform with assurance and presence.
  • Dancers to achieve the optimal balance of strength and flexibility.
  • Athletes to streamline performance, preventing and eliminating pain and injury.
  • Those wishing to ameliorate posture and enhance balance.

 

Since its inception in the late 1800’s, the Alexander Technique has received international acclaim in the fields of education, medicine and performing arts. Alexander Technique instruction is integral to many performing arts training programs, including the Juilliard School of Dance, Drama and Music, the Yale School of Drama, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.

The Alexander Technique was developed by F. M. Alexander (1869 – 1955), an Australian actor who suffered from career-threatening vocal problems, including hoarseness and loss of voice. The medical treatment and recommendations he received failed to adequately address his concerns, so he decided to find out why his voice failed in performance. He ultimately identified and learned to prevent the habits that constricted his voice. He also discovered a dynamic pattern of coordination that improved his breathing, voice production and overall health. He developed a method to teach others how to reestablish their natural optimal coordination.