Most of us want to do be better at what we do, and to improve ourselves generally to be the best we can be. But to ‘try harder’ mostly just reinforces what one already knows, putting in more effort or working harder or faster.
The Alexander Technique approach for enhancing performance incorporates stress-free ways to unlearn what is not working (and may even be harmful and painful over time), while learning new ways to use ourselves more effectively. Lessons with an Alexander Technique teacher are unique in that they help you become more aware of how to do things, rather than pushing harder towards achieving the end result. They help you gain greater control over the way you use yourself to meet the demands of your activities – making the whole process of self-improvement more effective and more fun.
Whether you are a professional or not, learning to apply the Alexander Technique principles can provide you with increased skill and greater enjoyment in whatever you do. Actors, artists, athletes, dancers, musicians, singers and business people benefit from discovering ways to improve their functioning and enhance their performance. This can fine-tune an established talent, or help you start a new activity. In each case, greater control and confidence are the goal.
In fact, the Alexander Technique can assist you improve on everything you do – cooking, DIY, walking, kicking a ball, picking up a child, tackling your studies, or playing a musical instrument.
“The Alexander Technique changed my life. It enabled me to devote more time to creating beauty. This inner strength is essential for all.” Andrew Logan, sculptor
“I was dubious about the effects of the Alexander Technique when I first went in to experience it, but I found out almost immediately that the benefits were total – both physically and mentally – and, happily, have also been long-lasting.” Joanne Woodward, actress