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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.

Alexander Technique Brighton Hove London Islington. Taking arms during table work.JPG”

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

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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

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Osteopathy CPD courses UK

YouTube video – Placing a hand underneath the sacrum

Placing a hand underneath the sacrum is a procedure much favoured by CranioSacral osteopaths.  Please scroll down to see YouTube video. In this class the process is being explored from a more Alexander Technique perspective. Alan Mars demonstrates the procedure and takes questions and answers before the participants pair up and explore the touch together.

Next course date:

11 – 4.30 pm on 20th October 2013
In a Central Brighton & Hove venue, East Sussex
alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk        07930 323 057

This CPD course presents a structured approach coupled with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Class numbers are small allowing for plenty of individual attention.
explore the principles of the Alexander Technique
experiment with applying the Technique in your daily life
explore applications for your therapeutic practice
experience hands-on work from Alan and Harriet
have time for questions and discussion

We will work together in small groups, pairs and one to one. Participants will receive hand-outs and a certificate of attendance.

Alan and Harriet each have over thirty years of teaching experience in:

Teacher training
Private practice
Public workshops
Running CPD courses

View their websites here –

Harriet http://www.alexandertechniquehove.org.uk/

Alan http://thetechnique.co.uk/

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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…

Alexander Technique Running on Hove Lawns

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Out running today on Hove Lawns. A beautiful sunny January day. I recalled my initial running sessions with Alexander Technique teacher/marathon gold medallist Paul Collins.

Any time I ran behind Paul I was always really struck by the tiny, small steps he took. Smaller than many peoples walking steps even. Well, he did go on to win, veterans super-distance championships in the 1980’s.

It’s a method that really works. It gives you a sense of time in which you can both observe and organise yourself…

Running slowly in the morning sunlight. Running through my Alexander Technique “directions”…

  • Head balancing easily on top of my spine.
  • Neck free.
  • Back lengthening.
  • Widening across the shoulders.
  • Leading each step with the knee.
  • Small, rolling steps.
  • Looking right out along the length of Hove Lawns to the Peace Statue.

I’m not really trying to go anywhere fast, certainly not striving after a certain level of fitness, but a nice of smooth rhythm develops – a gentle endorphin ripple. And that winter sports injury seems to be subsiding nicely.

Alexander Technique Running on Hove Lawns

Alexander Technique Brighton – low back pain relief

Alexander Technique relieves low back pain…

Significant long-term benefit from Alexander Technique lessons for low back pain has been demonstrated by a major study published by the British Medical Journal on 20th August 2008

  • 24 AT lessons proved to be most beneficial
  • Six lessons followed by exercise were about 70% as effective as 24 lessons
  • Long-term benefits unlikely to be due to placebo effect
  • Lessons were one-to-one, provided by experienced STAT teachers

This was a scientific randomised controlled trial 579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain; 144 were randomised to normal care, 147 to massage, 144 to six Alexander technique lessons, and 144 to 24 Alexander technique lessons; half of each of these groups were randomised to exercise prescription.

Link to BMJ trial

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Alexander Technique Brighton Hove

Learn how to release tension and rediscover balance of mind and body.

The Alexander Technique helps you to prevent the harmful postural habits associated with pain, stress and low vitality.

“You feel an amazing lightness, like you’ve been suddenly given the body of someone ten years younger”     STAT pupil survey 2006

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 With the Alexander Technique you can learn to:-

  • Be poised without stiffness
  • Move gracefully and powerfully with less effort
  • Be alert and focussed with less strain
  • Breathe and speak more easily and freely
  • Be calm and confident

I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying; they get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”     John Cleese

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