Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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

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