The following people have all had Alexander Technique lessons:
Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Sir Paul McCartney, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Robin Williams, , Madonna, John Cleese, Sting and Victoria Beckham.
Some famous people talking about the Alexander Technique:
Johnathan Pryce actor (Wolf Hall, Tomorrow Never Dies) When asked which book had changed his life replied: “The one the teacher put under my head during the Alexander technique sessions at Rada. I grew an inch and a half.”
“Balance is a vital aspect of good hammer throwing and getting the head, neck, spine and pelvis in the correct relationship enables the balance of the throw to come so much more easily. Once the balance is settled there is an enormous improvement in turning speed.” Howard Payne, Commonwealth record hammer thrower.
“Mr Alexander has done a service to the subject [of the study of reflex and voluntary movement] by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck.” Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist.
“I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.” Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist.
“I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.” John Cleese, actor.
“Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.” George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature.
“Effective learning must be based on first-hand experience.” John Dewey, educationalist and philosopher.
“The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.” William Hurt, actor.
“I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.” Alec McCowen CBE, actor.
“The Alexander Technique changed my life. It enabled me to devote more time to creating beauty. This inner strength is essential for all.” Andrew Logan, sculptor.
“It gives us all the things we have been looking for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment, and consequent improvement in physical and mental health, increased consciousness of the physical means employed to gain the ends proposed by the will and, along with this, a general heightening of consciousness on all levels… We cannot ask more from any system of physical education; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.” Aldous Huxley, writer.