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20190321_Q&A_What is the link between self-regulation and self-preservation

Q1. Mh.  You said "Self-speech is central to both self regulation and self preservation", I don't understand the link between these two. A1. Before explaining the link Alexander described between the two concepts, it is important to start by defining the first one, the less well known of the two [...]

By |2019-03-23T09:56:19+01:00March 22nd, 2019|Question & Answers, Thinking with words|0 Comments

Q&A_Is it normal to feel discomfort in controlling directly the muscles of the abdominal wall?

Q1. I've been practicing adjusting my [movements] organization throughout the day and have been experiencing some resulting sensation in my abdomen which feels a little uncomfortable. Is this normal? Maybe I'm just not used to having my abdomen pulled back? A1. Is it normal to feel a little uncomfortable? If your [...]

By |2019-03-14T22:17:23+01:00March 13th, 2019|Question & Answers, Reasoning with models|Comments Off on Q&A_Is it normal to feel discomfort in controlling directly the muscles of the abdominal wall?

20190705_Q&A_Is there a risk to end up with more tension in the experiments of conscious guidance of the initial Alexander Technique?

————————————question I’m trying to experiment in my everyday activities with the orders that I know so far but I’m afraid that there’s the possibility of over doing it some times and end up with more muscle tensions than before. And from what I knew so far, one main goal of AT is to [...]

Ennis_Ireland_2019_Workshop_3Days_DynamicPoise

Dynamic Poise: how directing the mind rationally can replace old somatic habits of guidance Conscious guidance and control of concerted movements: going back to basics This workshop is about working on oneself⁠The participants will not be touched or manipulated as the workshop is about working on oneself with conscious (non-sensory) guidance. with [...]

By |2019-04-12T09:37:01+01:00April 6th, 2019|Conscious Guidance & Control, Workshop|1 Comment

ATI_2019_Workshop2_ Proposal

    A question of Conception in our practice of Leaning back or forward with the whole torso: Expanding the torso consciously to the best advantage in the general use of the mechanisms "Now the narrowing and arching of the back already referred to are exactly opposite to what is required by nature, and to [...]

By |2019-04-12T15:48:19+01:00March 30th, 2019|Conscious Guidance & Control, Workshop|0 Comments

ATI_2019_Workshop1_proposal

    A question of Conception: How to coordinate the movements of the different parts of the torso in Bending the Knees to the best advantage "Every moment you have to balance yourself. As you move, you have no hands on you. The only difference you can make is in how you organize yourself from [...]

By |2019-03-29T19:38:56+01:00March 29th, 2019|Conscious Guidance & Control, Workshop|0 Comments

20190304_Q&A_What is lengthening the stature?

Q1. In our last lesson you said there was not muscle that could lift the throat that is above it. Couldn't the sternocleidomastoid raise the throat towards [toe] the mastoid process? When I look at my video, the mastoid process is behind the throat so the pull would be up and back, which isn't desirable, [...]

By |2019-03-04T15:53:08+01:00March 4th, 2019|Question & Answers|0 Comments

20190226_Q&A_weight shifting versus dynamic tensional system

Q1. I seem to have some confusion about the redistribution of weight, momentum, and the ability of tensional forces to prevent me from falling. Here is the current (and apparently faulty) conception I have: If I am standing, and I extend my arms fully forward at a 90 degree angle to [...]

By |2019-03-04T11:52:01+01:00February 26th, 2019|Question & Answers|0 Comments

Model-based reasoning in the Alexander technique

Model based reasoning in the Alexander technique This article arose as an answer to a question (below) of one of my young students. You will quickly see that there is more than just the requested answer as I continue to explain a) the form of reasoning Alexander was endorsing in his books and b) how [...]

By |2019-02-27T13:56:58+01:00February 23rd, 2019|Reasoning with models|0 Comments

To See or not to See, reflexion on pedagogical tools

    To See or not to See, reflexion on pedagogical tools The problem is of changing coordination by creating a new concerted activity, not of refining sensory appreciation If the problem is somatic in origin, therefore it cannot be changed by somatic means. And to those who are advocating individual right and individual endeavour [...]

By |2019-02-23T12:05:38+01:00November 27th, 2018|Thinking with words|4 Comments