Actively engaged in a continuous learning session at Alexander Technique Congress

continuous learning session

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course code: CL702

, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

the importance of linking the verbal messages with the use of the hands

with anne battye
2 sessions, 9:00 - 11:00  |  repeated mon-tue, wed-thu, fri-sat
venue: HSG-031, Health Science Building (ground level)
suitable for all

The importance of linking the verbal messages with the use of the hands to give a new experience and make sense of the new concepts

She reminds us that Marjory Barlow asked F.M., when in his 80's, 'Do you still work on yourself?', and he replied,after a moment's thought, that yes indeed he did, he dared not stop.

Many teachers have said to Anne that they no longer use F.M.'s words but rely exclusively on the use of the hands to transmit Direction. Although the use of the hands is crucial in eliciting a change in the neck/head/back relationship (The Primary Control) the learning process is illumined by making a verbal link between thought and experience. If we do not pay attention, after receiving a stimulus and inhibiting our reaction, to sending the new 'guiding orders' we are simply stuck in past experiences – that which we know already. 'Thinking' then becomes 'feeling' and 'feeling' morphs into 'doing' and the essence of the Technique is lost.

Anne hopes that these Continuous Learning sessions will provide a forum for considering the deeper implications of Alexander's work by discovering ways of working on ourselves according to F.M.s essential principles.

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