in Midhurst and Chichester
Voice-work and public Speaking
Would you like to feel more relaxed when speaking in front of groups, while improving your voice, presence and appearance? Speaking in front of others can be daunting, and you may feel that nervousness and lack confidence means that you don't communicate effectively, or make the best impression you could in these situations.
For almost a hundred years the Alexander Technique has helped people to feel less nervous in speaking and to present themselves and what they have to say in the best light.
How does it help?
It enables you to stay more relaxed and grounded when nervous, and to be yourself. For many people, being in front of a group is a nerve-wracking experience. You may feel exposed, judged and 'on the spot', andin the face of this a common reaction is to tense up. This is a self-protective response, but in fact stymies self expression and feels awkward. You may also ‘dissociate’, which means unconsciously trying to escape the situation by losing contact with your body and senses. This is counter productive, because it is being in contact with your body which allows you to stay calm, and to project confidence. The Alexander Technique can help you to become aware of how and when you ‘leave your body’ and help you to stay present and grounded.
- It gives you a powerful set of principles to help improve your voice. It is partly because of this that it is famous among actors, singers and other performers as a way to improve their skills, and is taught at many music and drama colleges. In particular The Technique helps to free the breath and to reduce unnecessary tension in the vocal mechanism, creating a richer, more natural and more resonant voice.
- It can improve your posture and appearance. It helps you to be gently and comfortably upright and open, which looks better and inspires confidence in the audience. This can create a positive feedback loop, whereby the audience’s comfort and relaxation in turn helps you to relax.
How does it work?
These benefits come because the Alexander Technique shows you how to let go of unnecessary stress and muscular tension and to allow your body to return to balance — even in situations where you are feeling stressed or under pressure. It’s like developing your ‘choice’ muscle — with practice you have more freedom to choose how to respond, and to not get pulled into closing down or tensing up. It gives you more understanding of what sort of response will serve you in a given situation, and makes you aware of things you tend to do unconsciously which don’t help you, and contribute to you feeling nervous and stressed.
Body Process Work
In addition to the Alexander Technique, I also offer body process work, which can help you to be in touch with your body, to relax, access feelings, and to let go of emotional blockages from the past that may be limiting you.
The Alexander Technique is generally best learned in one to one lessons. Between 10 and 15 is a good number to make worthwhile changes and to give you a basis to keep working on your own. Read more about practicalities here. To book a trial session or to find our more, contact me.