"ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - Introduction"
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - Introduction Course Code: YF01S Tutor: Varsha Chandarana Day: Saturday Date: 30.01.10 course details STANTONBURY CAMPUS ADULT EDUCATION Time: 1000-1600 Length: 1 day Fee: £24.00 Course Aim: To introduce a few core concepts from the Alexander Technique and help the student explore their own ideas about movement. Course description: The Alexander Technique is about making better use of our minds and bodies. It teaches us about ourselves and the principles that govern our movement behaviour. It is a powerful tool for personal change. The technique gets its name from the work of F.M Alexander (1869 – 1955). He was a recitationist who, while overcoming his own difficulties in vocal production began a life-long study of thinking in relation to movement and human performance. The Alexander Technique can be used to enhance a person’s co-ordination and comfort in everyday tasks as well as more specialised activities, such as music, dance or sport. These classes are designed using the Interactive Teaching Method. Your teacher will present some introductory ideas. After that, we will work with the activities that you choose, for example: walking, making a speech, swinging a golf club, dancing, playing piano, bending over to pick something up. The teacher watches the student perform their chosen activity, then through discussion and light touch techniques (i.e. placement of the teacher’s hands on the student) the ideas about the movement are opened out. Priority will be given to practical work. Every student will be given the opportunity to have a lesson with the teacher. Come along with a simple activity or movement in mind for your turn. The Alexander Technique is for everyone who wants to understand more about him or herself. It is for people who want learn to do new things and to move better. It does not teach you something new to do – it teaches you how to apply your mind and body in new ways. What you need to bring for the day: Pen and paper. Comfortable clothing. Provision for own lunch & snacks & drinks NB: Please arrive in the Leisure Centre Reception 10 minutes prior to commencement of your course. Please bring a packed lunch with you as the Cafeteria will not be open.