Alexander technique: introduction

Learn how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension and how it is possible to return your body to its natural state of balance and poise. Some hands-on work from the tutor is involved.

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Key course information

Dates
25/02/15 - 01/04/15

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Day(s)
Wed

Duration
6 weeks

Time
19:45 - 21:30

Fees ?
Full fee: £100NC

Venue
KS - Keeley Street

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Course code
FZE13

Availability
Available
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NC: No concessionary fees available as there is no government funding for this course.

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Course outline

What is the course about?

This course is a general introduction to Alexander Technique. It aims to define and explain the basic principles which underlie the technique. The Technique is concerned with how a person uses themselves as a whole - mind and body - in everything they do. The Alexander Technique can help people move and breathe with less effort, improve posture, be more focused, cope with stress better and be calmer and more confident. The Alexander Technique involves no specific exercises, requires no special equipment and can be practised wherever you are. It is suitable for people of all age and levels of physical fitness.

What topics will we cover?

The tutor will explain and demonstrate the basics of the Alexander Technique through a range of practical procedures. The course aims to show the students how to become aware of and unlearn habits of misuse that shows up as tension restricting freedom of movement, breathing, voice and coordination in everyday activities. This will be done in a variety of ordinary everyday activities such as sitting and standing, walking, lifting, bending, sitting at desks, lying down, speaking and breathing. Some anatomy and physiology will be introduced where applicable. Topics include spatial awareness, balance, co-ordination, developing powers of observation and focusing.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- identify the Alexander principle that the way you use yourself influences how you function in everyday life
- recognize at least two habitual patterns of posture and movement which may be the causing excessive tension, aches and pains, shallow breathing, restricted movement or stiff joints etc
- recognise how applying the Alexander Technique can help eliminate tension habits that interfere with poised natural body alignment and overall functioning and well-being
- practice the AT in the classic semi-supine lying-down position.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous experience is necessary. The course is for suitable for complete beginners in the Alexander Technique, as well as a refresher for people with previous experience in learning the Alexander Technique and as a compendium to someone having on-to-one lessons. A basic understanding of English is required. You will need to be able to read short sentences and follow verbal instructions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The Alexander Technique is a practical method which involves the students participation through direct hands-on work for the teacher, self-observation and work in small groups and pairs involving interactive games and application of everyday activities. Some anatomy and physiology may be introduced where applicable, through movement work and occasionally using anatomical teaching models. The tutor may also have volunteer teaching assistants for extra hands on work. You will be expected to do some simple exercises between classes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Because of the nature of this course there are no examinations, materials or extra costs. However, students are asked to wear loose comfortable clothing, trousers may be more suitable especially for the lying down floor work. Suggested reading: Body learning by Michael Gelb; Use of the Self by F.M.Alexander: Body, Breath & Being by Carolyn Nicholls; Playing with Posture by Sue Holladay.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?

No.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. There will be continual assessment during the lessons as part of the learning process. Students are invited, and expected to share and exchange feedback at all times. Students will have opportunities to discuss their progress and any concerns with the tutor. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit www.citylit.ac.uk/students

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

As the Alexander Technique is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, students are given information on how to
continue learning, and how to find a fully qualified teacher from the published list of members of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) at www.stat.orguk You will also be informed about other courses in the Alexander Technique at the City Lit. Students can also deepen their learning of the Alexander Technique by enrolling for a further course.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2622

health@citylit.ac.uk

Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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Tue 15:45 - 17:15 6 weeks KS - Keeley Street £76 £40 £40 FZE01 Started » Select
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02/12/14
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01/04/15
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Tel: 020 7492 2622

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Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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