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Alexander Technique Brighton Hove – Photo Album

In a previous post I mentioned how I used to get tongue-tied or overly enthusiastic when someone asked the question “What is the Alexander Technique?”

Of course, it’ll always be difficult to describe an activity, any activity, that has such a large sensory component. So I promised to put up some photos, with comments, so you can at least get a fly on the wall perspective of what a typical Alexander Technique lesson might look like.

As a general rule, Alexander Technique teachers tend to work from the core of the body — neck, head and back – out towards the extremities ie the arms and legs. The major muscles that move the limbs, however, have their origins in the torso. So working with the neck, head back relationship automatically influences the movement of the arms and legs. The converse is also true – working with the arms and legs will reinforce release and expansion through the neck, head and back.

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“Allow your neck to be free”

Brighton & Hove Alexander Technique Hand on Neck

“Allow your neck to be free in such a way that your head can go forwards & upwards”

Hand on head. Brighton & Hove Islington Alexander Technique

“Allow your neck to be free & your head to go forwards & upwards so that your back can lengthen & widen”

Hands on the back. Brighton Hove Islington Alexander Technique

In practice most Alexander Technique teachers do not recite these directions parrot-fashion. The words and language tend to be naturalistic and tailored to fit the individual.

Arms & Legs– Although there are specific directions for the arms & legs often the teacher will ask the pupil to continue focussing on their neck, head and back relationship as they work with the arms and the legs.

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Legs

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Chair-work

Alexander Technique Brighton, Hove & London chair work 

Alexander Technique Brighton & Hove - Helping pupil with bending. Also known as “Monkey”.
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Alexander Technique Brighton & Hove. The deep squat.

It’s difficult to really capture the living, dynamic quality of an Alexander Technique lesson on a photograph. Young children often embody that Alexander quality unconsciously.

It isn’t just about moving in and out of a chair. It’s a convenient way of learning to move easily and efficiently. A convenient method that can be transferred into all sorts of everyday movements and activities. It’s a great method of learning to suspend habitual muscular and even emotional responses.

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Osteopathic CPD courses UK –
Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique  based osteopathic cpd courses
Alexander Technique based osteopathic cpd courses

The next Alexander Technique CPD course for Osteopaths will be on 20th October 2013. This course is also open to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

The course will run from 11 – 4.30pm in Central Hove, BN3, East Sussex

The cost for the day is £70 or £50 for students.

The course will be run by Harriet Anderson and Alan Mars – both widely experienced Alexander Technique teachers. They have worked in higher educational settings for thirty years running many CPD workshops.

“I have been an osteopath and cranial osteopath in full time practice for 22 years. It has recently been my pleasure to have a number of treatments from Alan. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of his work. His skill and experience are evident in his touch and hands. I’d highly recommend Alan’s Alexander treatments to anyone requiring treatment for problems relating to their spine, pelvis or limbs. I have greatly benefited from his work and continue to do so. Alan’s work is deep, powerful yet gentle and supportive as is his personality and approach.’”
Andrew Bryant – Osteopath

Contact Alan Mars for questions about the next CPD course :

Alan Mars – 07930 323 057

Email – alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk

Osteopathic CPD courses UK –
Alexander Technique

The diaphragm- Youtube clip for singers, speakers, actors

The diaphragm- a Youtube video clip

Most singers, actors and public speakers talk about the importance of the diaphram in healthy, effective voice production. In my experience however, 99% of the same singers, actors and speakers have an extremely inaccurate idea of the anatomical location and dimensions of the diaphragm. Getting an accurate external representation of the diaphragm can be of enormous benefit to the singer, speaker and actor. Internalising this accurate representation of the diaphragm will affect the power, range and colour of their voice.

So here is a short YouTube clip that many of my students have found particularly helpful. It’s and animated view of the diaphragm at work from above, below and the side. Watch several times and… as you do… you can realise that this is really what is going on inside… of you! Happy singing and speaking.

The diaphragm- a Youtube video clip for singers, speakers, actors & people who breathe!

Teachers, Speakers and the Alexander Technique podcast

Teachers, speakers & the Alexander Technique

Dr. Harriet Anderson is an Alexander Technique teacher in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Anderson also teaches presentation skills and British & American studies  at the University of Vienna. In this podcast, Teachers, Speakers & the Alexander Technique , Dr Anderson talks about the performance aspect of teaching and how the Alexander Technique can help a teacher – or anyone who speaks to an audience – be more effective.

Harriet’s website is harrietanderson.com

Dr Harriet Anderson

Whether we like it or not, we are all performers. Everyday life is full of small stage entrances and exits. And whether we like it or not, every time we enter the classroom, we are putting on a performance. Which does not mean that we are entertainers or in any way play-acting. But it does suggest that it might be worthwhile considering how we could become better performers. Read more here…

A teenager describes the Alexander Technique in 40 seconds

A teenager describes the Alexander Technique in 40 seconds…

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body learning alexander technique podcast website

This interview is taken from the website of Robert Rickover. Robert and I trained as Alexander teachers at the same school roughly 30 years ago.  The young woman in question, Virginia Osterman, explains any facets of the Alexander Technique economically and in plain language in a manner that I, frankly, envy. Perhaps I’ll memorise it and use it for those social occassions when a quick and easy explanation would be so handy!

A teenager describes Alexander Technique

A teenager describes the Alexander Technique in 40 seconds…

alexander technique semi-supine active rest position in pictures images – Hove BN3

Below this text is a sequence of still images taken from the YouTube video in previous post. It shows the broad brushstrokes of how to get into and out of the Alexander Technique semi-supine active resting position. Enjoy!

An Alexander Technique lesson for £5? I have released a high quality audio recording that talks you through the semi-supine position. It lasts about 13 minutes – so it can be fitted into a busy day quite nicely.

Payment will be via PayPal. Delivery via email. For purchase details please visit this link:
http://thetechnique.co.uk/semi-supine-voice-coaching.html

email me at alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk or call me on 07930 323 057

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Hove Alexander Technique a video presentation – What? Who? Why? How?

The Alexander Technique – a New Orientation

What is the Alexander Technique? Who was Mr. Alexander? Why do people practice the Alexander Technique? How does it work?

I really like this Alexander Technique YouTube video presentation. It is informative, clear, aesthetically pleasing and addresses all the above questions. I wish I had made it myself… I will credit the creator of the video as soon as I can find out who it is!

In 2 minutes and 39 seconds it takes us through an astounding amount of information. You may have to use the pause button to fully absorb all the information. Here it is in summary :

  • F.M. Alexander – his journey
  • The Technique Travels – Alexander comes to London and…
  • What the Alexander Technique is not
  • What the Alexander Technique is
  • Visiting Our Posture – Back & Down… Forward & Up
  • An Alexander Journey – Not all about posture
  • The Force of Habit
  • Faulty Sensory Awareness
  • Inhibition and Non-Doing
  • Sending Directions
  • Primary Control – Checking the Compass
  • The Technique In Practice – Applying the technique in our lives
  • Everyday Activity
  • Performance and Public Speaking
  • Sports and Exercise
  • The Workplace
  • An Alexander Technique Lesson
  • NHS Medical Research – the BMJ back pain trial details

Alexander Technique Hove a video presentation – What? Who? Why? How?