Blog of the Week: To Outsource or to Insource, That is the Question – Part 3

Originally posted by  on February 25, 2014 at .bodylearningblog.com.

Alexander Technique teachers Terry Fitzgerald and Pamela Blanc

Two of today’s Alexander Technique teachers, Terry Fitzgerald, from Sydney Australia and Pamela Blanc, from Los Angeles, standing behind a sculpture of F. M. Alexander at the Wynyard Historical Society. Wynyard, in Tasmania, is where Alexander was born.

In my previous blog, To Outsource or to Insource, That is the Question – Part 2, I wrote about the unique self-investigation process F. Matthias Alexander, the developer of the Alexander Technique, went through to solve his voice problem.  Outsourcing his problem to vocal coaches and doctors hadn’t worked. But his decision to take matters into his own hands – to insource, as it were – was fraught with challenges he had no way of anticipating.

Today, a person in his situation, well-connected in the theater world, might well go to a teacher of the Alexander Technique for help!  And it’s quite likely he would have learned how to solve his voice problem in a few weeks or so, perhaps even more quickly.

Alexander Technique teachers today vary enormously in how we teach the Technique. However, we have in common a desire to wake our students up to the power of looking within for solutions to their problems, whether they be performers, or people with chronic pain, or those who want to improve their posture.

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