Alexander technique: workshop
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This course is a general introduction to Alexander Technique, which is concerned with how a person uses themselves as a whole - mind and body - in everything they do. The technique can help you move and breathe with less effort, improve posture, be more focused and efficient, 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 ages and levels of physical fitness.
What will we cover?
- Explain the theory of the Alexander Technique and discuss it in daily activities e.g. sitting at the desk.
- Identify the breathing process in relation with poise.
- Perform the mechanical advantage position.
- Perform the semi supine position.
- Identify a harmful postural habit while walking.
What will I achieve?
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
- Recognise at least two habitual patterns of posture and movement which may be causing excessive tension, aches and pains, shallow breathing, restricted movement or stiff joints
- Recognise how applying the Alexander Technique can help eliminate tension habits that interfere with poised natural body alignment and overall functioning and well-being
- Practise the Alexander Technique 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, and as a compendium to one-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 from 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 homework between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no examinations, materials or extra costs. However, students are asked to wear loose comfortable clothing (trousers may be more suitable, especially for floor work). Suggested reading: Body learning by Michael Gelb; Use of the Self by F.M. Alexander: Alexander Technique in Everyday Activity by Seán Carey.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
As the Alexander Technique is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, you'll be given information on how to continue learning. You may like to deepen your understanding of the technique by enrolling for a further course at City Lit.
With 15+ years of experience in teaching the Alexander Technique and core posture alignment, my background in Health Sciences has shaped my commitment to helping clients achieve healthier movement patterns and reduced stress. Collaborating with institutions such as City Lit, City Academy, NHS, and more, my expertise as a Member of STAT and a CNHC-registered practitioner ensures the highest standards. An unconventional addition to my practice was the hula hoop, introduced by my Head Training lead Ilana Machover during my Alexander Technique training. It offered a playful way to integrate alignment skills into dynamic movement. When the pandemic hit, rediscovering the hula hoop became a fitness savior, adding a joyful dimension to my classes. It engaged core muscles, enhanced coordination, and provided stress relief, proving to be a versatile tool for holistic well-being. My journey emphasizes the adaptability of traditional practices and the importance of innovation in promoting health and joy.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.