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A presentation from the University of Limerick introducing students to the Alexander Technique.

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  • UniversityofLimerickIrish World Academy of Music and DanceIntroduction to the Alexander Technique
    Presented by
    Niall Kelly MSc(Mngt), MIITD, MSTAT, MISATT
    Organisation Development Consultant
    Alexander Technique Teacher
  • You translate
    everything –
    Whether
    physical,
    mental or spiritual
    into muscular tension
  • Environment shapes us
    Tree
    Sources of tension
    Internal – mind and body
    External –goals and tasks, relationships, CCC
  • Our
    environments
    shape us
  • environments
  • External environments: WMD
    WMD
  • Sitting
  • Gravity
  • Internal environments
    Mental and Physical
  • Internal environments
    Thoughts
    Attitudes
    Beliefs
    Neurology
  • AMS - Adaptive Muscle Syndrome
  • Our Mind and Body Are One
  • “Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
  • habits
  • “People do not
    decide their futures,
    they decide their habits
    and their habits decide their futures”
  • history
  • Teaching objectives
  • Directions – cumulative & reiterative
    Allow my neck to be free
    Allow my neck to be free so that my head goes forward and up
    Allow my neck to be free so that my head goes forward and up to allow my back lengthen and widen
    Allow my neck to be free so that my head goes forward and up to allow my back lengthen and widen and my shoulders to move away from each other and back towards the floor
  • Directions
    Not doing
    Only
    Allowing
  • Teaching Objectives
    Creating Awareness
    Learning to Inhibit
    Devising new Means whereby
    Consciously implementing the new means whereby through giving Directions
  • Rules of the Road
    There is No doing
    Only
    Directing
    And
    allowing
  • Expressing and Invoking emotion without succumbing to it
    Soprano Anna Netrebko singing " Quando m'en vo" from La Boheme. Placido Domingo conducting
  • Dr Nick Neave, Northumbria University
    WE FOUND THAT (WOMEN PAID MORE ATTENTION TO) THE CORE BODY REGION: THE TORSO, THE NECK, THE HEAD”
    END QUOTEDR NICK NEAVENORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY
  • Grading - BASED on your:
    Participating in classes:
    Openly experiment, explore, reflect, discuss and gain insights which you record in your journal
    Submitting 3 short Reflection papers:
    1 immediately, 1 pre mid-term & 1 pre semester end
    Attending and Attention:
    Do the lie-down daily, no absences, lates, early departures, excessive toilet breaks, phones, chatting, falling asleep, generally not paying attention.