The Alexander Technique is about the study of the ‘Use of Ourselves.’ How we ‘use’ ourselves affects how we function in our activities. ‘Use of the Self’ refers to more than one’s posture or movement ~ it includes how one thinks.
“The Alexander Technique coordinates mind and body in all activities of living. In the process it organizes our sensations of movement, our feelings and emotions, and our experiences in the world around us.” ~ Glynn MacDonald ~ Author of book The Alexander Technique
“The Alexander Technique stresses unification in an era of greater and greater medical specialization. Its educational system teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. It enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain.” ~ Jack Stern, MD, PhD ~ Neurosurgical Group of Westchester White Plains, NY
“The Technique’s many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height!” ~ Kevin Kline ~ Theater and Film Actor Quote from The Alexander Technique by Judith Leibowitz and Bill Connington
A proven approach to self care, the Alexander Technique provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body.
With the Alexander Technique, you learn how to strip away the movement habits and tension patterns at the root of your discomfort, how to balance your body and take charge of your health, and how to sit, stand and move with efficiency and ease.
An Alexander Technique Teacher is a professional trained in the art of observation and expert guidance. The Teacher leads the student through a one-on-one learning process tailored specific to the needs of the student. Over a course of lessons, the teacher helps the student learn how to release muscular tension and restore the body’s natural poise. By addressing the entire body-mind, not just segments, the student learns to improve overall functioning.
Noted actors, musicians and athletes have used the Alexander Technique for over 100 years to enhance performance and stage presence. Among them are Sir Colin Davis, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Paul McCartney, Kelly McGillis, Paul Newman, Lynn Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Mary Steenbergen, Sting, Robin Williams, Joanne Woodward and members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Actors, dancers, singers and musicians have used the Alexander Technique in order to be more effective on stage. The Technique is taught worldwide in universities and conservatories, including the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Drama, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Royal College of Music, and The Verbier Festival and Academy.