Alexander in Lockdown

FM Alexander used to insist on his clients coming to see him 5 days a week for 6 weeks, total of 30 lessons. My partner Walter is  the only other person in my household and therefore the only person I can put hands on, so…. lucky Walter is getting much more frequent than usual Alexander Lessons/Sessions (same thing) and we will see how this works out for him. Here’s a clip from his first lesson, which I hope serves as a reminder to anyone missing their lessons.

What is the Alexander Technique?

Exploratory Workshops & Meet the Teachers

Saturday  25th April, 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 23rd May, 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 20th June, 14:00 – 16:00

Outline

These interactive, short half hour workshops will run through the afternoon and demonstrate how the Alexander Technique can really affect the way you move, think and feel. We will explore ways in which we can improve posture, release tension, relieve stress, and enhance your day to day performance. A number of our teachers will be available to offer mini hands-on private taster sessions of 20 minutes. Pop in to find out how the Alexander Technique can help you.

 

Cost

Cost for the workshop and hands-on mini session with one of our very experienced teachers is just £15.00. We will be running the workshop sessions throughout the afternoon. Just turn up at any time to suit you.

 

If you would like to reserve a specific time please call Susanna on 07887 592361, or email us.

Ruby Rose uses the Alexander Technique to play “Batwoman”

The new “Batwoman” film features the Australian actress and model Ruby Rose, who uses the Alexander Technique. In answer as to how she differentiates Kate Kane (Batman’s Gotham-dwelling crime-fighting cousin, Kate Kane, who is, notably, a lesbian) from Batwoman, she replies, “When I do fight sequences and stunts as Batwoman, I do the Alexander Technique, where we study the bat and study the movement.”

The full article is in the New York Times.

Alexander Technique for a live BBC radio interview

Susanna Scouller was interviewed by BBC Radio London 30 May in a discussion about a new book #Mum’sNottheWord picturing women who don’t have children. She is very grateful for how much the #alexandertechnique helped her with her first ever live radio interview. She writes that she “Was much calmer and more poised than I might have been without the AT”.

To listen to the podcast go to BBC Radio London Sounds. (The conversations starts about 9:40 in and lasts about 20 minutes. Available until 30 June.)

The Guardian published an article about the book and some of the women: ‘Women without children’.

The book discussed, Mum’s Not The Word,  can be viewed here: http://denisefelkin.com/mums-not-the-word.htm

How the Alexander Technique can help people with hypermobility – II

This Daily Mail article tells the story of an accomplished performance artist, Roxani Eleni Garefalaki, who is hypermobile (has Ehlers-Danlos syndromes), and of her difficulties before she discovered the Alexander Technique.

A quote from the article (‘Hypermobility: When being flexible may not be such a good thing after all’):

Dr Bull recommends the Alexander technique — which teaches improved posture and movement — for musculo-skeletal symptoms.

‘If you consider the body as a machine, such as a car, the physiotherapist is like a mechanic ensuring that all your tissues are moving normally, and the Alexander technique teacher is like a driving instructor, teaching you to move more effectively,’ Dr Bull says.

For Roxani, the Alexander Technique has helped her manage her condition.

Read the article at the Daily Mail online website.

Tips for Dealing With Vocal Hoarseness

In this online BackStage Magazine for actors the first tip is to try the Alexander Technique:

Especially if you’re having vocal problems, relearning better ways to move, breathe, sing, or speak is potentially life and career changing. Actors and singers may benefit from private lessons with a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Read more in BackStage.

How the Alexander Technique can help people with hypermobility

The Ehlers-Danlos Society has published an article on the many benefits the Alexander Technique offer people with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (which include hypermobility).

The Alexander Technique regards the body as an inherently connected structure. Through alignment and the prevention of downward pulling tension it reduces pressure on our joints and spine (which is  important to people with EDS). The Alexander Technique also helps to avoid hyper extension, facilitates good posture and provides the kind of toning up of the musculature which help to support the joints.

Read the article at the Ehlers-Danlos Society website.