continuous learning session
course code: CL718
skilled consciousness: directing and touch
with missy vineyard
2 sessions, 9:00 - 11:00 | repeated mon-tue, wed-thu, fri-sat
venue: GEMS-029, Graduate Entry Medical School (ground level)
suitable for at teachers | all sessions FULL
How touch from another person enhances our well-being remains a mystery. Scientists have barely examined the subject. The question is largely disregarded, if not taboo. The Alexander Technique stands ahead of scientific inquiry and also other hands-on disciplines by the extent to which we learn and use, not merely touch, but a specialized type of skilled touch. But what does this consist of? How do we teach it to trainees? Can we improve how we teach it? We still have a lot to discover and share as colleagues in building our profession's knowledge base on the topic.
This workshop centers on an examination of directing as a key element in skilled consciousness, playing a vital part in the teacher's hands-on skill. We will explore the physiological basis of directing and how it is tied to the vestibular system, the primary control and balance; learn a precise way to practice directing; put our hands on each other while directing and giving feedback; and discuss how we teach directing to our students. In the process we will learn to touch more skillfully with 'Alexander hands'.