Doing an audition is mentally and physically demanding. It causes most musicians more nervousness than a regular concert because it is an unnatural situation from a musical point of view (the screen, lack of applause, short fragments taken out of their musical context, the absence of a complete musical composition, being overly focused [...]Read more »
The Alexander Technique can help you during pregnancy in a number of ways:
You will learn to keep moving with suppleness and ease. Especially during the final months you will feel far more comfortable if you know the best way to sit, stand, lie down, walk and turn over in bed with your ever-growing belly [...]
Nowadays I mostly leave on time…I feel the bike tyres touching the road, I see the houses passing from out of the corner of my eye and I let pedestrians cross first when I approach a zebra crossing. I don’t think about where I have to go, instead I am conscious of where I am in the present moment. When I succeed in doing this, I am suddenly and instantly free of the need to hurry, the worry about arriving too late and any other inner stress.Read more »
Alexander Technique is something you put into practice while doing everyday things: queuing in the supermarket, washing the dishes, playing the violin. It feels wonderful to think about it again and again: I feel how my body moves in a well-coordinated way, as if it had been oiled. I feel supple, light and free; as if I am effortlessly riding my bike with the wind behind me.Read more »
Why Alexander Technique?
- Improved performance and posture
- Back, neck and shoulder problems, RSI, pain
- Improved breathing and use of voice
- Reduced stress and performance anxiety
- Rehabilitation after injury or illness
- Stage presentation and stage presence
- Pregnancy and birth
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique has been an extremely effective practical educational method for over a century. It helps you to let go of excess tensions, thus improving performance and posture, preventing injuries and alleviating problems. As a result of learning to move in a more efficient and coordinated manner, your breathing, coordination, balance and muscle tone improves. Read more »
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Maaike Aarts studied full-time for three years at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam (directors: Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick), graduating in December 2002. She is a certified teacher registered with STAT (the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and is a member of the Dutch Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (NeVLAT).