Running out of breath. Sweating bullets before an audition or going on stage. An uneasy feeling that won't go away.
You've come to the right place. I can help you.
We'll work on what you need during your Alexander Technique sessions. Here are some examples:
Stop slumping or going into military-like posture
It's hard to know how to stand or sit! I'll help you do both with ease. You'll learn how to move at your joints so you have the possibility of moving elegantly within the first three lessons.
Breath and voice
You'll get plenty of work on breathing. As physical tension is eliminated, your breath gets freer. Undoing tension is key to using your voice properly.
Any useless tension, anywhere in the body, can constrict the freedom of the voice.
-Patsy Rodenburg, Master Voice and Shakespeare Teacher in The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice
A beautiful neck
Many actors come to me because they realize that they are pushing their necks forward in order to express themselves.
For example, you may notice that your neck tightens as a response to the stress of being onstage, then your breath gets more shallow. I'll show you how to stop your neck from jutting forward, which will take pressure off your larynx and release your breath and your back.
As a result, your voice will have more range and resonance.
Stop pushing - psychologically or physically
A director might ask you to not push so hard, do less, or something similar. This kind of pushing usually results in a tightened body and can be heard in your voice. I'll help you stop pushing.
You may get hoarse after you sing.
Or you seem inauthentic. These are all examples of pushing.
Stop holding back
The opposite of pushing your voice (and your personality) on others is holding back.
Sounding like a child or tapering off at the end of a sentence.
People can't hear you, or they ask you to repeat yourself.
These habits limit you. They prevent you from being taken seriously when you're presenting.
If you're shutting your full voice down, you're training yourself to stay in that habit.
Staying small is another way you might hold yourself back. This usually doesn't depend on your actual physical size or height. Many very tall people, 6 feet and above, make themselves small. So, I'll help you develop your confidence.
Do you use filler words? Are you surprised by the number of ums you say during an interview or on stage? I'll show you how to stop.
You can't stand them. You might get sick whenever you think about an audition. I'll help you modify your reaction, take up your space in the room and even how to enter and exit the room.
During transitions, detrimental habits often appear that you didn't have before, such as clenching your jaw. I'll help you shed tension so you process the event(s) without clenching your body.
We can also work on self-talk that's blocking your energy and physical freedom.
It's powerful to combine movement with mindset as a method of refreshing your perspective and approach.
Because you're going to stop habitually tightening your muscles - you're mind will be more at ease. Your breath will be easier. You'll be more present, naturally.
I'll identify the physical and movement patterns that are holding you back from performing at your best.
Why take Alexander Technique lessons with me?
My clients say I'm a fun teacher who puts them at ease. My goal is to help you - I teach with heart. And you'll sense that in your sessions with me.
I take voice lessons and audit master classes, such as Larry Moss' workshops. I take a weekly Alexander Technique class to refine my skills. My background is in filmmaking and sound production. Most recently I took a playwriting class with Crystal Skillman.
I continually strive to improve so I can stay sharp and give you my very best.