In lessons I discovered very quickly the benefits to my persistent back pain following a nasty whiplash. I had heard that the Alexander technique can improve discomfort and pain greatly by retraining one's posture, but from the first lesson I discovered that there was also a lot of mental training that has been of huge benefit in the way I have viewed life since.
Using our voice involves a large number of muscles and can be subject to tension like any other part of the body. If we habitually use too much tension in these muscles, or any other part of the body, it will affect our ability to speak, sing and project our voice freely.
A common poor vocal habit is that of gasping in air through the mouth before speaking along with the tightening of the throat, shoulders, and chest muscles. This excessive tension interferes with the head balancing freely on top of the neck at the moment of speaking. Learning to become aware of and preventing this interference will improve and positively affect voice production.
Learning the Alexander Technique will help you:
- speak in public with greater confidence
- improve the quality of the sound of your voice
- overcome speech difficulties
- learn to control your breathing whilst speaking or singing
- prevent straining or losing your voice