Actively engaged in a continuous learning session at Alexander Technique Congress

continuous learning session

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course code: CL710

, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

sabotage yourself no more

with vivien mackie
2 sessions, 9:00 - 11:00  |  repeated mon-tue, wed-thu, fri-sat
venue: HSG-030, Health Science Building (ground level)
suitable for all

My frustrating degree of hearing loss has sharpened my awareness of vocal use and misuse, particularly in ordinary speech, and of the ways in which we sabotage our vocal instrument, exactly as Alexander recognised he was doing. This is after all where our work began.

Irene Tasker described the Alexander work to me as 'teaching people to use themselves better'. It needs to be seen, though, that this also involves using ourselves more fully. All of our self is involved in everything that we do. As the physiologist Sir Charles Sherrington pointed out, taking a step is not just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other, it is an activity of the whole organism, 'not least of the head and neck.'

I delight in seeking out the secret and unexpected ways in which we deny our potential, and throw ourselves away, whether our instrument is our voice, our violin bow, our tennis racquet, oboe, trumpet or scrubbing brush. The voice we all have and use all day remains a most fruitful starting point for rediscovering the simple magic of those principles of Inhibition and Direction.

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