Alexander Technique is not a thing in itself; it goes into all corners of our lives. It is not just for performers, but is a foundation for daily living with all its mundane moments.
Who seeks out Alexander Technique lessons?
Many different kinds of people
study the Alexander Technique for many different reasons: a singer with vocal nodules, a dancer with a painful knee injury, an actor who wants to move better onstage, a dressage horsewoman who needs to sort out issues of excess tension and balance, a computer user suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a chef with lower back pain, or a storyteller who periodically becomes hoarse. The skills learned through study of the Technique are relevant to all of us, whatever we do.
What is an Alexander lesson like?
of the Alexander Technique are best learned in a series of private lessons with a fully qualified teacher. Your individual needs will be addressed through hands-on guidance and verbal explanations. The teacher will guide you through simple everyday movements, for example: standing up from a chair, sitting down, walking, climbing stairs, picking something up, etc.
Exploring everyday activities helps bring self-awareness of HOW
you do these things. The skills learned can be applied to any area of one's life. Alexander students who are studying or professionally practicing any of the performing arts are usually invited to bring their performance art into a lesson. As you learn you will become an ever more skillful observer of yourself, and you will see humans in motion and at rest in a new way.
What happens in a Voice (speaking and/or singing) lesson?
Learning to change
vocal habits that interfere with comfort, range, quality of sound, or the breath is much more productive when we can build on Alexander skills. As with an Alexander lesson, the voice lesson is usually a private one; however I do occasionally work with performing partners or even occasional bands! Problem solving is unique to each student's situation. Songs of any style, language, or century are appropriate. Speakers and singers come for many reasons: to find out if they can sing (e.g. to learn to match pitches); because they don't like their own voice on recorded messages; because they are tired of people asking them to repeat what they said; because they keep losing their speaking or singing voice during a performance run; or just because they want to do what they do better, with more comfort and joy.