The Alexander Technique with Peter Bloch in Wilmslow, Cheshire

What some well-known people have said about the Alexander Technique...

I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.

John Cleese, Actor

 

The Alexander Technique helped a long standing back problem, and to get a good night's sleep after many years of tossing and turning.

Paul Newman, Actor

 

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 Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.

Greg Chappell, Australian test cricketer (1970 - 1984)

 

The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.

Roald Dahl, Writer

 

Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.

George Bernard Shaw, Writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature

 

It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health, increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels... We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.

Aldous Huxley, Writer

 

97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.

Jack Stern, Spinal Neurosurgeon 

 

I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.

Alec McCowen CBE, Actor

 

The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.

John Houseman, Actor, Producer and Director

 

Alexander students rid themselves of bad postural habits and are helped to reach with their bodies and minds, an enviable degree of freedom of expression.

Michael Langham, Director, The Juilliard School, New York USA

 

The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.

William Hurt, Actor 

 

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.

Kevin Kline, Actor

 

Of all the disciplines that form the actor training program, none is more vital, enriching and transformative than the Alexander Technique.

Harold Stone, Associate Director, Theatre Department, The Juilliard School, New York USA

 

The Alexander Technique can be sustaining; it is something that if learned well, can be carried along with you for the rest of your life. It gives you confidence to be who you are when you are up in front of an audience.

Patrick Maddams, Managing Director, Royal Academy of Music 

 

I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn't have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.

Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist

 

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

 

After studying over a period of years Mr. Alexander's method in actual operation, I would stake myself upon the fact that he has applied to our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and about our acts exactly the same method of experimentation and of production of new sensory observations, as tests and means of developing thought, that have been the source of all progress in the physical sciences. It is a discovery which makes whole all scientific discoveries, and renders them available, not for our undoing, but for human use in promoting our constructive growth and happiness.

John Dewey, educationalist and philosopher

 

Alexander's method lays hold of the individual as a whole, as a self-vitalising agent. He reconditions and re-educates the reflex mechanisms and brings their habits into normal relation with the functioning of the organism as a whole. I regard this method as thoroughly scientific and educationally sound.”

Professor George E Coghill, prize-winning anatomist and physiologist

 

Alexander has done a service to the subject by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psycho-physical man. To take a step is an affair not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment - not the least of the head and neck.

Sir Charles Sherrington, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

 

We already notice, with growing amazement, very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures, and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.

Professor Nicholaas Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology 

Video of his Nobel Prize Address, in which he describes the A.T.

 

Balance is a vital aspect of good hammer throwing and getting the head, neck, spine and pelvis in the correct relationship enables the balance of the throw to come so much more easily. Once the balance is settled there is an enormous improvement in turning speed.

Howard Payne, Commonwealth record hammer thrower

 

It is my opinion that every singer and performer should enroll in a course of Alexander lessons. I have personally profited by doing so.

Barbara Bonney, International classical singer and teacher

 

In the hands of a good teacher The Technique is invaluable to anyone who seeks to maintain health physical posture and alignment.

Ralph Fiennes, Actor

 

With the best intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique has given me sightings of another way... Mind and body, work and life together. Real imaginative freedom...

Alan Rickman, Actor

 

My voice was pretty good almost all through Othello. Alexander Technique really helped my posture and focus.

Lenny Henry, Comedian and Actor

 

I have been a pupil of the Alexander Technique now for over forty years - the benefits to me have been immeasurable.

Sir Colin Davies, Conductor

 

“The Alexander Technique removed a long standing back problem and improved my riding ability. Riders who take up the technique always make a very significant improvement in their riding.”

Daniel Pevsner, Fellow of the British Horse Society

 

I regard it as one of the fortunate experiences of my life that I should have met F. Matthias Alexander at a time when I had been suffering physically for many years. There can be no doubt as to the value of his technique judged by the practical results which I myself have experienced. Instead of feeling one's body an aggregation of ill-fitting parts, full of frictions and deadweights pulling this way and that so as to render mere existence in itself exhausting, the body becomes a coordinated and living whole, composed of well-fitting and truly articulated parts. It is the difference between chaos and order and so between illness and good health.

Sir Stafford Cripps, British Chancellor of the Exchequer 1947-50

 

The electronic facilities (of electromyography and electroencephalography) have confirmed Alexander's insights and authenticated the technique he discovered in the 1890s of teaching both average and skilled adult individuals to become aware of their wrong body use, how to eliminate handicaps and thus achieve better (ie increasingly skilled) use of themselves, both physically and mentally.

Professor Raymond Dart, anatomist and anthropologist who discovered the so-called 'missing link' between man and his ape-like ancestors

 

Question: Which book changed your life?

Answer: The one the teacher put under my head during the Alexander Technique sessions at RADA. I grew an inch and a half.

Q&A: Jonathan Pryce, Actor, The Guardian, May 7, 2015