The focus of group work is on applying the principles of The Alexander Technique to activities and then to applying them to your professional work.
In group work I don’t automatically put my hands on you to bring about the change.
It is more about focusing on language as the key to your thinking and therefore your habits. In this situation one of your strongest learning tools are the other members of the group. You will see and hear your habits in movement and thinking reflected in others. Listening to the language of others – statements, questions and answers become a powerful teaching tool.
This work is about engaging your awareness and perception of where you are in your body and your thinking. It’s about teaching you to process your own experience so that you can repeat that experience when you are on the floor.
Group work involves various activities to reinforce principles learned. We work on Presence, being in the room and staying on you breathing.
An important part of all group teaching is to give all members the opportunity to put their work on the floor demonstrating the principles of The Alexander Technique. During this time you will receive “hands-on” time to help you achieve your goals.
Group work can be taught anywhere. I will come to the studio where you usually work.
Times and days of the week can be arranged to suit your group.
What to wear:
Normal rehearsal clothes.
If you are interested in talking to Barbara about organizing a group session:
What people are saying:
“Once freed from the habitual tensions (so common place they are often not even recognised by the actor and singer) then the body can release into a greater range of expression with freedom, power and confidence.”Brett Wood
“The Alexander Technique doesn’t teach you something new to do. It teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereo-typed responses; how to deal with habit and change. It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a better use of yourself while you work towards it.”Dr. Frank Pierce Jones
“Barbara’s work is an essential addition to the actor’s toolbox. Letting go of habits on all levels gives the actor the freedom to explore without tension and judgement. No actor should be without the freedom created by understanding how their body and their mind are released simply by aligning their physical self.”Adrian Barnes
“I find The AlexanderTtechnique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. Movement becomes light and relaxed.”John Cleese
“For all of us, not just actors, life puts great stress and strain on our bodies. The Alexander Technique has given me a self help method by teaching me to relax and adjust my posture so that my body, which for an actor is an instrument can work as well as possible.”Jeremy Irons