CANSTAT
The Canadian Society of The Alexander Technique
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Benefits

To learn more and discover how the Alexander Technique can meet your personal needs, get in touch with a certified teacher near you.


Health And Well-Being

The Alexander Technique is practical, education approach used by people of all ages and abilities to enhance health and well-being. Students of the Alexander Technique learn how to enhance their natural coordination and help themselves improve how they engage and function in everyday life. 

In Alexander Technique lessons you learn to recognize, understand, and stop engaging in harmful patterns of movement, posture, and ways of going about your activities that may be contributing to pain and inefficient function. 

As you increase your ability to recognize how persistent aches, pains, and stresses relate to the ways in which you perform, move, and posture yourself in daily life, you learn to move with greater ease and efficiency, and build your independent ability to positively influence your health.

Learn to apply the Alexander Technique in your life and begin to create a new path towards greater well-being for yourself today.

 

INSTITUTIONS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE IS PART OF:

- The Mayo Clinic
- Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York
- The Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Arts NYC

*A 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that Alexander Technique lessons can lead to reductions in neck pain and associated disability.

*A 2008 study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that “…one to one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”

 

The Arts

The Alexander Technique is used by actors, musicians, dancers, and other artists to reduce patterns of excess tension in movement and posture, free up breathing, enhance vocal production, reduce performance anxiety, and access deeper presence for performance.

It's taught in the top performing arts programs (see below) and is used by artists that include Judi Dench, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank, Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney, John Cleese, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Juliette Binoche, flutist James Galway, Ben Kingsley, and many others.

The Alexander Technique is considered an integral part of training for high performing artists and schools around the world. Find a teacher or a program near you and learn a powerful means to access the best version of yourself and work today.

 

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TRAINING IS INCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS:

UNITED STATES

American Conservatory Theatre
The Juilliard School, New York
The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of California
University of Maryland
The University of Texas at Austin
Boston University
University of Michigan
New York University
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York
Manhattan School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
The Mannes College of Music, New York
Yale University School of Drama
The Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Arts NYC

CANADA

McGill University, Faculty of Music
Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Standard Life Competition
University of Alberta, Department of Music/Augustana Campus/Department of Drama
Capilano University, Vancouver BC, Department of Theatre
Le Domaine Forget, Music and Dance Academy
Opera Nuovo, Vocal Arts Festival, Edmonton
Option-théâtre du Collège Lionel-Groulx
Globe Theatre, Regina
York University, Department of Theatre
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Université du Québec à Montréal, Department of Dance
University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Victoria, School of Music/ Division of Continuing Studies
Union des artistes
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

ENGLAND

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
The Manchester School of Music
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Royal College of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

 

Fitness and Athletic Enhancement

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The Alexander Technique helps you develop greater kinaesthetic awareness, ease and efficiency of movement, balance, coordination, breathing, and avoidance of excess musculoskeletal tension and associated injury.  Because of this, people engaged in physical activity, yoga, CrossFit, and many other movement disciplines use the Alexander Technique to enhance how they perform their chosen activities.

In addition, for years professional athletes have used the Alexander Technique as a unique and powerful tool to optimize their performance. Some of these athletes include British hammer thrower Howard Payne, Australian equestrian Mary Hanna, British rower Matthew Pinsent, British decathlete Daley Thompson, Canadian marathon runner Paul Collins, Australian track-and-field coach Percy Cerutty, and American equestrian Sally Swift, to name just a few.

Use the Alexander Technique to optimize and refine your athletic skills, or simply find a more easeful way to increase your physical activities levels with less stress and greater ease.

 

Childhood Development and More

Today, parents and teachers are using the Alexander Technique as a modern, practical enhancement of their child's abilities and self-development.

Children learn to use the principles of the AlexanderTechnique to organize their attention in activity and to address fundamental aspects of movement that influences motor skill learning. This helps them learn to optimize their mental and physical self-management, body coordination, and subsequent overall feelings well-being.