Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple and effective method for improving “the use of self.”  Students become aware of habitual use of their bodies and use conscious choice to change restrictive habits. 

The Alexander Technique is taught at the Juilliard School, The Royal Academies of Music and Dramatic Art, and most great performing arts conservatories.   Olympic athletes study the technique, which teaches skills useful to anyone who wishes to move better.  People often learn the technique to support their wellness or performance goals, prevent/recover from injury, stress, and strain.

To learn more, see: ATI Alexander Technique  or Guide to AT

      
 

Performance Coaching
Individual or group sessions

Coaching for your performing art, sport, skill and ergonomic needs using the  Alexander Technique and Laban Movement Analysis supports your performance goals, injury prevention and recuperation.  Rachelle has experience working with instrumentalists, singers, tennis players, dancers, and people who do yoga or spend long hours at a computer or desk. Anyone who works with highly skilled movement can benefit from coaching.

                               

 

 

Alexander Technique at the University of Iowa

Division of the Performing Arts
Call 335-2575 to register

Alumni Magazine article


Course description:  The Alexander Technique teaches "self-use": how our movement choices effect the results we achieve. It has been recognized as a simple but powerful way of improving physical skills and "presence." This course will introduce principles from the Alexander Technique in support of the performing arts: speaking, singing, playing an instrument, dancing and acting, however, the principles can easily be applied to many skills in daily life, as it addresses the underpinnings of movement.

Principles explored in this course will be: The poise of the head in fluid relationship to the spine; responses to gravity; developing sensory awareness and understanding the process of change; conscious use of of energy and direction to support natural phrasing; "body mapping" and experiential anatomy to clarify how movement takes place most easily.


Physical participation in this studio course will include laying, rolling, sitting, standing and locomotion. Alexander Technique is most often taught through light touch, thinking and visualization: Students will learn some principles of listening to information from their hands through touch, and how to learn through the kinesthetic information supplied by touch. Work outside of class time will include a journal, observations, and take-home questions. Students will be expected to practice daily and explore the use of the principles learned with their specific performance area or in service of other unique goals.