The Alexander Technique helped me release tension which I was previously unaware that I had, in particular when standing at the tee. In the past my mind would have been elsewhere and my thoughts made me more tense. Applying the Technique I discovered relaxing the jaw, feeling my socks in my shoes, sensing the ground beneath my feet and just being there really helped. My drive distance improved and I cut 5 shots in one game. I now play much more relaxed by applying these principles and am more aware of the moment and less focused on the outcome (what Alexander Technique teachers call end-gaining) and my drive distances have improved through being more relaxed and having greater freedom of movement.
FM Alexander as a young actor discovered the Alexander Technique to improve his performance.
The Alexander Technique helps actors to:
- improve stamina
- increase clarity of perception
- free up spontaneity and
- manage performance nerves
It can help you transform the quality of the ‘action’, gain more control of your breathing, and enhance your freedom of movement and stage presence.
Improved self-awareness allows you to change poor habits and develop a wider repertoire of skills, to deliver your best performance possible. Leading actors recommend AT as the foundation for good use and freedom of movement both on and off stage.
The Alexander Technique is taught at all major drama schools in the UK and around the world and it has been the foundation of the actors' training at RADA for the last 30 years.
There is an impressive list of world famous actors who recommend the Technique; Dame Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Sir Ian McKellen, Lenny Henry, Kenneth Branagh, Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Saunders, Hilary Swank, Julie Andrews, Stephen Dillane to name but a few.
In 2011 Lenny Henry learned the Alexander Technique as part of his award-winning performance as Othello for the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. He says:
Alexander technique really helped my posture and focus during my stint as Othello with Northern Broadsides theatre company. Imagine how excited I was when arrived at the National theatre for Comedy of Errors and found I could have Alexander taught to me once a week, I was chuffed to little meatballs.