Who Learns The Alexander Technique To Improve Performance?

The answer is, it can be absolutely anyone. As a matter of course, it is taught at music and drama colleges to help performers improve their co-ordination and control in performance. It also helps with preventing injuries. Dancers also learn it, as do athletes of all calibres, including gold medal-winning Olympians.

You do not have to be Olympians like Steve Coe or Mathew Pinsent or Oscar-winning actors like Judy Dench or Paul Newman to benefit. Academics have learned to think more clearly; teachers have improved their presence in the classroom. Working at the computer can become more productive, less tiring, and with fewer aches and pains. Learning also becomes easier.

How Does The Alexander Technique Help with Improved Performance?

The secrets of excellent performance do not vary across different activities when it comes to poise, balance and giving yourself the time you need rather than rushing and fluffing things. Alexander Technique offers a profound practical understanding of poise and balance in every activity. Its foundational principle is to stop using poor habits of co-ordination, including negative and unhelpful attitudes to learning and performance - that interfere with being in a flow state. 

Pupils develop an enhanced ability to focus, along with an increased awareness of how they are co-ordinating themselves. Within that awareness using Alexander's Technique, they find that movements are increasingly free, flexible, and efficient. As performers age, it facilitates an intelligent process of adaption and a maturing sensitivity that helps lengthen careers and enjoyable lives. 

Andres story, which you can read here, allows you to read about some of the benefits a performer has gained when playing his instrument and, more generally, in his life.

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