Minnesota Center for the
Alexander Technique (MinnCAT)
Contact us to describe what you do and find out how you can achieve excellence with the Alexander Technique. Here are just a few examples:
Musicians — Improve technical control, sound production, stage presence, concentration, freedom of movement. Prevent, relieve, or reverse musculoskeletal discomforts, anxiety, and nervousness.
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Here's a nice video highlighting the Alexander Technique at the Juilliard School:
Actors — Display a more elegant physical stature and fluidity of movement; prevent injury and reduce pain; improve breath capacity and voice quality; maximize confidence and overcome performance anxiety; break through limitations and increase skill; create powerful characterizations without strain; avoid personal movement habits that do not belong to a character; center yourself and free your imagination to enhance creativity; improve spatial awareness and the ability to relate to other actors, props, and sets. > see more info for Actors.
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Dancers — Excellent for dancers.
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Athletes (amateur and professional) — Use the Alexander Technique to improve strength, increase endurance, enhance flexibility and increase speed and accuracy of responsiveness.
Public Speakers — Improve vocal projection and overall voice quality. Those in business find it enhances presentation skills and increases confidence.
Teachers, Counselors, Therapists — Helpers of all kinds are able to provide a powerful example of poise in action for their students and clients. in addition, root causes to problems — whether educational, artistic, or behavioral — are better diagnosed with more complete mind/body/emotion solutions.
Doctors & Surgeons — benefit by being able to able to see harmful underlying strain which causes or exacerbates problems. Additionally, ease at performing procedures and surgeries can be accomplished without repetitive strain and with greater control. See article on executing surgeries with less discomfort and greater skill.
Crafts People — Create, pain-free, and with greater inspiration.
Authors — It's great for writer's block and creative inspiration. Just a few authors who've studied: George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Robertson Davies, Roald Dahl, Jane Brody.
And others who've studied — Professor Niko Tinbergen (Winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine), Frederick Perls (Originator of Gestalt Therapy), Moshe Feldenkrais (Originator of the Feldenkrais Method), Terry Gross (host of the NPR radio program "Fresh Air"), John Dewey (the American Philosopher - John Dewey and F. Matthias Alexander Homepage), Dr. Andrew Weil, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Karl Popper (philosopher), Benjamin Libet (investigator of human consciousness), Sir George Trevelyan.
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We can explain how the Alexander Technique is applied to any situation. Call Brian at (612) 267-5154 or email
“Brian, The Alexander Technique is helping me find a wonderful new freedom and JOY in my singing. It is tremendously exciting.
The Alexander technique is an invaluable tool for any singer or teacher of singing”
—Monty, Music Professor, Augustana College
“Brian, I just wanted to thank you for the lesson this morning. It made for such a great morning and my flute recital went quite well. For the first time in quite awhile, I had a "high pressure" performing experience where my arm didn't go numb, I wasn't shaking like a leaf, and my tone and technique were normal or better than usual!“.
— Kristin, University Music Student
"The Alexander Technique has made huge changes in the way I sing and use my body – much for the better, and I would recommend it to anyone who experiences discomfort from daily posture/playing habits."
— Judi Donaghy Vinar, Faculty at McNally Smith College of Music
"...when we played some brass ensemble music, it was great to incorporate a couple of suggestions that you use - you can well imagine the difference in tone quality when they played the first chord of a piece, rested, recalled what you had just taught them, released, and played the chord again. YAY! "
— Sarah Schmallenberger, Professor at University of Saint Thomas
“I began taking Alexander lessons based on a recommendation from a voice specialist, because I was having vocal problems. Taking Alexander Technique has not only made me a healthier and stronger performer, but has also transformed the way I perceive my body's ability to heal itself. For those reasons, and because it grounds me in my work and is a source of stress relief, I continue to take Alexander lessons.”
— Aimee, Singer/Actor, Twin Cities
“I originally sought Alexander Technique lessons in order to deal with some shoulder pain I was experiencing while practicing and teaching. Because of the awkward position necessary for playing the classical guitar, I needed to develop a way of playing that would not abuse my body as I was trying to make music. The Alexander Technique helped me do this. It also helped me address a number of other issues in my life and my playing such as tone, practice strategies, life organization, and posture. The Alexander Technique has helped me progress musically as well as provided new ways to deal with everyday problems. The AT has been an integral part of my post-graduate study and excellent preparation for dealing appropriately with the stresses and anxieties of graduate school."
— Jeffrey Litman, Guitarist