The benefit of one-on-one lessons is that the lesson is tailored to your needs and you get more “hands-on” work.
The work focuses on working with your thinking to change the habits, which are limiting your performance, and replacing them with thinking and movement, which is free and empowering.
We progress at your speed, focusing on the work which you need to do.
In a private lesson you get all the attention, more “hands-on” and as a result you progress faster. Because I put my hands on you much earlier and more frequently you usually understand the connection between psychophysical work earlier.
A typical private lesson has three parts:
Part oneTable work to align your spine and begin the process of your getting in touch with your thinking and your awareness. “What can I feel?” “what do I notice?” “what happened when that muscle let go?” You start the connection of your mind and body.
Part twoWe work on a stool to continue the awareness training of the neck, head and back relationship or in other words teaching you how to align the spine, so that you can work from that place when you are on the floor.
Part threeInvolves putting your learning into practise.
We do movement, voice and text work while focusing on the work of the lesson.
The lesson concludes when you have a piece of work which you can take away and work on during the week.
If you would like to talk to Barbara about private lessons:
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
“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
“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