Less tension, greater self-awareness, greater poise, more mindfulness in movement, more choice in our responses to the world – these are just some of the outcomes of learning the Alexander Technique. It was first developed well over a century ago by an Australian actor with voice and performance tension problems, and is taught and used in most major theatre training programmes and companies in Britain and the US. This workshop will introduce you to some fundamental principles of Alexander work – non-doing, the neck-head relationship, directions of release, and application to simple movement. If you have particular issues you’d like to raise, feel free to bring them. There will be some hands-on work, although this will depend on the number of people taking the workshop, which will be limited to 20 people.
Bio of host:
As a young musician, I was prevented from playing by debilitating back pain, and performance anxiety. A few months of Alexander lessons made an immeasurable difference. I went on to learn from many first-generation Alexander teachers, and trained in London with Patrick Macdonald. I’ve taught Alexander Technique for over 30 years to people from all walks of life, although most enjoyably with people in the performing arts. I’m also a psychotherapist.