Who studies it?
Anyone can study the Alexander Technique! I work with all kinds of artists but specialize in working with theatre professionals and advising on productions. I also work with active individuals such as competitive weightlifters, kayak guides, and cyclists as well as people who spend long hours sitting in front of computers. I have significant experience working with the 55+ community and pre-natal women. Whether you are recovering from an injury, training to run a marathon, striving for greater range in performance, or struggling to manage panic attacks, the Alexander Technique can help.
Why study it?
People study the Technique for a variety of reasons. The most common is to relieve pain through learning better coordination of the musculoskeletal system. It also teaches us about our habitual patterns of tension, learned both consciously and unconsciously. These patterns can be then unlearned, enabling the possibility of new choices in posture, movement and reaction. During lessons you'll develop awareness of habits that interfere with your natural coordination. You'll learn how to undo these patterns and develop the ability to consciously redirect your whole self into an optimal state of being and functioning. Through direct experience you’ll learn how to go about your daily activities with increasingly greater ease and less effort.
About its founder
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who developed what is now known as the Alexander Technique. As a young man he had an excellent reputation for his one-man Shakespearian orations, but he would have trouble with his voice every time he performed. The solutions prescribed by numerous doctors and specialists did not cure him. A turning point came when Alexander hypothesized that he himself must have been doing something to make himself lose his voice. He then embarked on an extended period of self-observation and discovered that the way he was actually using his body did not match his perception of how he was using his body. Over the course of many years, he developed and continually refined a method for increasing sensory perception by freeing oneself from habitual patterns of thinking and movement.
Today, the Alexander Technique is taught all over the world.