Living anatomy – an Alexander Technique perspective

Course Dates: 07/06/21 - 05/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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We all have a body, and we all move. Join me on a journey of exploration through the body, using your own bodies to understand and know the range of movement in the joints and how movements in one part of body affect the rest. Drawing from more than 35 years of experience as an practicing Alexander Technique teacher, I will share ways to discover ease and coordination of movement in ourselves. This course is delivered in Dual Mode - both online and face-to-face. This is the online course. For the face-to-face course, please use course code FZE30C.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

Course Code: FZE30

Mon, eve, 07 Jun - 05 Jul '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is looking at anatomy from a new angle using our own bodies to get to know and understand about the joints and how they move. We will look at what the joints are for – movement, connection, stability, balance.
We will cover common misconceptions of our bodies, and how the words to describe body parts, joints, or body movements, become part of a subconscious body map which colours the way we use our bodies.

We will explore our anatomy from the ‘inside out’ - instead of the common study to anatomy which approaches it from the ‘outside in’ - to help us understand anatomical significance for movement within ourselves. If you can change how you think your body moves, you can change how you move. If you can change how you move, you can change what you feel.

A number of movement studies for each part of the body, for different joints, different activities will be introduced.

There will be some use of anatomical diagrams, skeleton, etc. but this course is not intended as an academic study of anatomy.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
To make the most of this practical course it will help if you can have a set up where you can show and see your whole body in standing upright, in simple movements, sitting, bending, taking a step, and lying down.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• What is a joint?
• Different types, size and shapes of joints
• Locating the joints in ourselves
• Functional difficulties and problems with the joints
• The muscles that move us
• How misuse of the body can lead to injury
• How the joints shape our posture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Name and locate the main supporting joints in your body
• Describe the movement of the large joints in the body
• Explain common misconceptions about where and what joints are
• Explain how freedom of movement in one part of the body can affect other parts
• Have a better ability to prevent misuse and injury in your body.

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

No previous experience or knowledge of the Alexander Technique, or of anatomy is necessary, but it might bring a new angle to the study of anatomy to anyone already practicing or working in related fields.

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

The course will be mainly practical, with some talks and discussions. The practical work will be in form of guided self-explorations, movement studies, backed up with anatomical diagrams, anatomical models and short video clips.

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

Wear loose comfortable clothes and be warm. You will also need a mat or carpeted floor space and a few paperback books (for support under the head) for lying down practice.

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

You can enrol on any Alexander Technique course, Anatomy and Physiology or any movement courses from our programme.
You will be given information about how to continue learning Alexander Technique, or more about anatomy and physiology.

Brita Forsstrom Tutor Website

Brita Forsstrom Brita Forsstrom MSTAT, has been teaching the Alexander Technique (AT) for 35 years teaching individual lessons and groups privately and in adult education. She has a special passion for teaching actors, singers, musicians and all performing artists. She has taught in the Drama, Health & Lifestyle and Music departments at City Lit since 1988. Her work has taken her to Singapore working with a choir and singing students, Sweden and to different parts of the UK. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and different interests groups, such as pregnant women and new mothers. She sees AT as a way of encouraging people to regain confidence and freedom of movement in all aspects of their lives. She gives CPD for AT teachers and teaches AT in businesses. Since 2014 Brita has run a 3-year training course for AT teachers. She is co-author of Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth, has contributed articles in books on AT as well as articles in magazines and newspapers.

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.