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The natural poise of a child: effortless lengthening and ease

 

The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.

Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist

 

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. By balancing and neutralising tensions, I’ve learnt to relieve as well as avoid the aches and pains caused by the thousands of natural shocks that flesh is heir to.

Kevin Kline, actor

 

We always advise musicians, and indeed all performing artists, to seek the help of teachers of the Alexander technique. This has transformed many players' lives as they learn to control their own bodies and know how to cope in times of stress.

CB Wynne Parry, King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst; letter to the British Medical Journal (vol 299) on overuse injuries in musicians.

 

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

 

 


 

 


Links to other societies and pages of interest

Experience of the Alexander Technique has been praised by many people eminent in their fields: musicians Yehudi Menuin, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Adrian Boult, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Sting; writers Aldous Huxley, Robertson Davies, George Bernard Shaw, Roald Dahl and “The Father of Progressive Education” John Dewey; anthropologist Professor Raymond Dart; Nobel Prize winners Sir Charles Sherrington (physiology)and Nicholas Tinbergen (medicine) ; celebrities Victoria Beckham, and actors Paul Newman, John Cleese, Helena Bonham-Carter, Joanna Lumley, Hilary Swank, Michael Caine, Judi Dench, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Saunders, Lenny Henry, Juliet Stevenson, Heath Ledger, and Gabriel Byrne.

For further information, click on the links below.

Established Alexander Technique societies in other countries:

South African links:

 

  • Significant long-term benefit from Alexander Technique lessons for low back pain - demonstrated by a major study published by British Medical Journal, August 2008:
    British Medical Journal Study


  • STAT YouTube page (acknowledgements to STAT UK)

  • To watch a short extract from the TVNZ Channel in New Zealand on the Alexander Technique, click on the link below: 
     To view the video