Use the Alexander Technique to feel, look, and perform your best.
Alexander Technique lessons can help improve posture, decrease physical strain in activity, and increase ease and awareness in movement. Practice and application can lead to a fuller expression of abilities and health.
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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE OVERVIEW
The Alexander Technique teaches you to recognize and change long-standing patterns of movement, posture, and reaction that cause unnecessary tension.
Commonly used in the artistic worlds of theatre, dance, and music, the Alexander Technique is increasingly being applied by people of all backgrounds to enhance ability and health.
As a student of the Alexander Technique you'll learn to encourage natural responses that underlie healthy posture, balance, and greater freedom in breathing and movement. As a result of lessons, students regularly experience a sense of physical lightness, ease of posture, increased mental well-being, and decreased strain in daily life.
The Alexander Technique is regularly used to reduce physical and mental tension interfering with a fuller expression of health and well-being.
The Alexander Technique does not replace conventional medical treatment. Instead, it takes an educational approach to explore an aspect of daily life that often goes unnoticed: How persistent aches, pains, and stresses relate to the ways in which we move, posture ourselves, and go about our daily lives and activities.
Sometimes the quick fix that takes care of the symptom today leaves the same issue tomorrow; when a problem is related to how you move and go about your activities you may find temporary relief, but often the problem keeps coming back. In these cases, a greater understanding of how you 'use' yourself in your life and activities can often lead to insights into why these issues continue to come up.
As you develop skill in applying the Alexander Technique you can gain greater independence in self-management, increase function, and contribute to your own health and well-being.
Institutions the Alexander Technique is part of:
- The Mayo Clinic
- Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York
- The Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Arts NYC
A 2015 study in the Annal of Internal Medicine found that Alexander Technique lessons can lead to reductions in neck pain and associated disability.
A 2007 study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that “…one to one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
Artists commonly use the Alexander Technique to alter patterns of chronic tension and stress, and to access deeper presence and levels of performance. Additionally, the Alexander Technique is often used to free up breathing, address voice work, and to reduce performance anxiety.
By enhancing clarity of intention in movement and attitude, the Alexander Technique can uncover limiting patterns in practice and performance that often go unnoticed, allowing practice and performance to become stimulating and fresh.
Ease in body and mind are essential aspects of successful performance. Nonetheless, every performer knows how easy it is get in the way of your best self. Learning the Alexander Technique can provide a unique set of tools to discover and express your potential.
The Alexander Technique is part of the curriculum in:
McGill University, Faculty of Music
Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Standard Life Competition
University of Alberta, Department of Music/Augustana Campus/Department of Drama
Capilano University, Vancouver BC, Department of Theatre
Le Domaine Forget, Music and Dance Academy
Opera Nuovo, Vocal Arts Festival, Edmonton
Option-théâtre du Collège Lionel-Groulx
Globe Theatre, Regina
York University, Department of Theatre
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Université du Québec à Montréal, Department of Dance
University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Victoria, School of Music/ Division of Continuing Studies
Union des artistes
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
American Conservatory Theatre
The Juilliard School, New York
The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of California
University of Maryland
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Michigan
New York University
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York
Manhattan School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
The Mannes College of Music, New York
Yale University School of Drama
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
The Manchester School of Music
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Royal College of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London
Guildhall School of Music & Drama