Brides in the know use the Alexander Technique to walk down the aisle with poise – how the Alexander Technique can help Kate Middleton look poised and elegant on her big day.
Kate Middleton may have the dress, the venue, and the wedding of the year, but even Royal brides-to-be need help to make sure they remain calm and elegant.
So what can Kate do to make sure she has mastered her regal poise and wear her dress well? Brita Forsstrom and Veronica Peck, both experienced teachers of the Alexander Technique have walked the Westminster Abbey bridal walk to offer their recommendations:
Flash forward: “On arrival at the Abbey, Kate will have to walk a short distance to the West door through what can be a windy spot with cameras likely to be flashing in all directions – both of which could be a challenge to her balance and composure. Taking her time and staying aware of her back and how she carries her head will help overcome this challenge to present herself beautifully to the media.”
Head first: “Good posture and use of the body is dependant on having a freely poised head. Wearing a wedding head dress ensures the bride is aware of her head movements and this can help with posture, length and poise overall.”
Get a good grip: “A bride usually carries a posy and its important that Kate doesn’t grip her flowers too tightly as this could cause tension in her whole body. She should also avoid fidgeting with them for this reason.”
Through the nave: “On entering the Abbey, Kate will have to adjust to more than a thousand guests and cameras watching her every step as her father guides her round the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is never walked on. Here she will go into the body of the nave which has an uneven floor so care must be taken with each step. Kate must be focused on her direction towards the altar which is still 600 feet away and not let herself get distracted. Many actors learn the Alexander Technique to help with stage fright and for any bride her wedding is a once in a lifetime performance.”
Out into the quire: “The last section of the bridal walk is through the quire and up to the altar where all the close family members will be sitting on either side. Here Kate will be joining William ready for the ceremony which will bring more challenges especially having to speak calmly and clearly when saying her wedding vows.
Walk tall: “Kate may start feeling tired but if she needs to stand in one position for a long time she should remember to not lock her knees or drop down onto one hip which would ruin her poise.”
Reverse moves: “The newly wedded couple will be walking back together through the length of the Abbey so Kate needs to maintain her composure and be ready to face hundreds of cameras and well wishers.”
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique is the original worldwide, professional society for teachers of the Technique. It was established in 1958 to maintain standards and promote the Technique. Members adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Competence and complete a three-year training course. There are currently 2,500 teaching members of STAT and its Affiliated Societies.
About the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique re-tunes your Primary Control (that is the subtle relationship between your head, neck and back) to help you look, feel and function better. It teaches you how to make better use of your body so the way you move, stand, breathe and react to any situation can be improved. You can restore poise and grace and become more relaxed, confident and alert, as well as reducing aches, pains and levels of stress.
The Technique was developed over 100 years ago by FM Alexander, an actor who kept losing his voice. He realised that the problem was caused by excessive muscular tension in his neck which interfered with the way he used his body as a whole. Learning to control the tension not only solved his voice problem but also led to an improvement in posture and general wellbeing so Alexander realised that his methods could benefit many aspects of life.
Alexander’s discoveries have been verified by research, including a large NHS-funded study published in the British Medical Journal in August 2008 which concluded “Alexander Technique lessons from qualified teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.” (BMJ 2008)
For more information, visit the website of STAT, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.