What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique (AT) is a system of self-care that helps restore balance and natural coordination to everyday activities. It helps prevent the damages of stress by helping you notice how your thinking affects your daily movements and your health. It improves health and helps you be better at whatever you like to do. Whether you like to sing, play a musical instrument, ride a bike, dance, type on a computer, drive a car, or run a marathon, AT can help you improve how you use yourself in any activity.
AT was developed by an Australian actor named Frederick Matthias Alexander as a means to help himself with:
Habitual loss of voice and discomfort in speaking for long periods of time.
Breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, and gasping for breath.
Low physical energy and lack of physical stamina.
Nervousness and anxiety problems.
The health benefits of studying and practicing AT are:
Improved overall balance and body coordination.
Improvements in health issues such as hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, and breathing difficulties.
Helps eliminate compression stress in the joints of the body.
Helps relieve muscle tension and misdirected physical energy in daily activities.
Reduces pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.
Provides healthy coping strategies for anxiety, fear, nervousness, and depression.
Improves posture and daily movement habits.
AT is taught both verbally and by gentle, non-invasive touch to guide a student into experiencing better balance of the head at the top of the spine and a more released neck, back, and torso. These changes are brought about through a variety of activities, including normal, everyday movements. These changes create a more open and released body that not only contributes to better overall coordination but to the elimination of neck, shoulder, and back pain.
Singers and voice users can especially benefit from the practice of the Alexander Technique. Some benefits that are particularly helpful for singers, actors, public speakers, and all types of voice users include freer breathing with less pressure on the larynx. It decompresses the torso and helps with air intake on inhalation, and helps maintain the torso’s length on exhalation, allowing more room for the diaphragm to come back up fully. It helps induce the body’s relaxation response and eliminate any unnecessary “preparatory set” movements.
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If you would like to schedule Voice Lessons, Vocal Coaching, or Lessons in The Alexander Technique with Dr. Hudson, please contact her by calling or texting 256-251-7821, or filling out the form below.