I'm a 40 year old man who works as a support worker. I was suffering from sciatic pain for a few years. I had tried many methods to alleviate the pain, including various exercises, but these only brought short-term relief. One day when I was looking for some natural medicine to ease the pain, I came across the Alexander Technique. I initially booked a course, which relieved my sciatic pain, and I now have regular sessions. I recommend the Alexander Technique, especially to anyone who has suffered from sciatica or posture difficulties. It has helped me to be more mindful how I move around, and how I sit and stand. I see a big difference with pain relief since I’ve started lessons in the Alexander Technique.
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