The Alexander Technique for Performers and Musicians
The Lir Academy
music, drama, Performing
The Alexander Technique is an effective method of reducing tension that helps you to sit, stand, move, play instruments with greater ease. It is about becoming aware of unnecessary tension in your body, learning how to release tension and most importantly learning how to stop muscle tension building up in the first place. We would not need a method or a technique for addressing tension if the tension did not accumulate in the first place. However most of us have engrained tension habits that interfere with our natural state.
On this course you will have the opportunity to explore your own muscle tension habits or interferences in standing, sitting and in movement. You will learn how to sit in a way that feels more supported and balanced and without the usual ‘extra’ muscle tension. Standing and movement will also be explored and practiced in a ‘new’ way. The ‘new’ way is actually the old way as we all sat, stood and moved in a way that activated our natural support system when we were small children. You will learn how to reconnect with your natural support system so you can experience greater ease and freedom in your body, in movement and in activity (playing instruments, singing, working at a computer etc).
We will explore ‘constructive rest’ which is extremely beneficial for issues such as back pain, neck tension, stress, anxiety etc. You will also receive some gentle ‘hands on work’ which is central to the Alexander work and is used as a tool to help you to become aware of habitual holding and tightening’s in your body.
On day two of the course we will continue exploring the fundamental principle of the Alexander Technique ‘Use Affects Functioning’ and relate this more closely to habitual thinking patterns. We will explore the underlying causes of ‘stage fright’ and undertake performance experiments. These performance experiments will consist of simple questions related to your attention and awareness as you perform. This work is based on participant’s unique experiences and interpretations and will help you gain the insights and tools you need to be free from anxiety and more in touch with what you value about your performance practice.
(Whilst not essential, participants are encouraged to be prepared to be involved in performing.)
This course is for you if you:
Suffer with physical pain or tension (Back, neck etc)
Find it difficult to sit comfortably
Suffer with anxiety before and during performances that takes away your focus and enjoyment
Feel restricted in movement
Have problems with your voice
2 day workshop on 22nd & 23rd October 2016 (10am-5pm)
Further information and bookings at: http://www.thelir.ie/courses/view/alexander-technique-for-performers