Alexander Technique Introductory Workshop

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 7.00-8.30 pm or
Saturday, 27th April 2019, 10.30-12.00 noon

The Alexander Technique is about moving, sitting, standing more easily and freely in everyday life. Frequently we are using much more tension and effort than necessary in many day-to-day activities, and many people end up with aches and pain, for example backpain. The Alexander Technique is a very different approach, yet ultimately very simple. It is not a treatment, there are no exercises nor do you need any special equipment. We are retraining how we are using ourselves – our body and mind – in everyday activities. In this short workshop we will introduce some fundamental principles of the Technique via some practical demonstrations; we will look at some basic movements, and you will learn about a different way of sitting which is better for your back.

Who
Jean Fischer, assisted by Regina Stratil
Language: predominantly English

Fees and booking
Fee: €20 (per person and date)
Booking: jean@atstudio.at (Tel.: 0316/319468)
Max. 5 participants

 

When
Thursday, 7th March 2019, 7.00-8.30 pm or
Saturday, 27th April 2019, 10.30-12.00 noon
(same workshop on two different dates)

Where
Alexander-Technik Studio Graz
Harrachgasse 4/2 (1. OG rechts)
8010 Graz
Styria
Austria

Workshop ‘Current Science and Alexander Technique’ in Vienna

Our colleagues at the Wiener Ausbildungzentrum für Alexandertechnik are organising a workshop ‘Current Science and Alexander Technique’ with Dr Patrick Johnson and Dr Tim Cacciatore in May in Vienna, which we would like to recommend to all Alexander Technique teachers and trainees.

May 4th and 5th, 2019 – 10 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, 10 am – 4:00 pm Sunday
€ 170 ( € 150 if paid before March 30)

For questions and booking please contact Andreas Sandri: alexandertechnik@sandri.at
A PDF poster can be downloaded from G.A.T.OE. (Gesellschaft für Alexander-Technik Österreich).

 

Details
The goal of these workshops is to confront our current relationship with science and to get our scientific explanations and concepts up-to-date. We combine lectures, group activities, and discussion to identify and debunk misconceptions and to build new, current models that support what we do and how we communicate.

We emphasize rigor, jargon-free communication, and reference to current experiments.

Specific topics will include postural control, sensory appreciation, body schema, stress, biomechanics of procedures, emotions, inhibition, and direction. Activities will include body illusions, experiencing body schema in action, inhibition tests, and plenty of break out discussion groups. We will also be debunking outdated concepts such as tonic neck reflexes, righting reflexes, ingrained startle pattern, tensegrity, and natural movement.

About us
We have been giving these workshops for three years now, live and via webinars, in Ireland, Spain, England, Israel, The Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and the USA for both AT teachers and teachers in training. Our initial goal was to communicate rigorous science of Alexander Technique in ways that are accessible and fun. The workshops have since grown in both content and scope. They are now part of a broader dialogue about how to think objectively, scientifically, and professionally about what we do. We are excited about the enthusiasm and content they have generated.
 
Dr. Johnson is a PhD. physicist and a practicing STAT/NeVLAT certified teacher of the Alexander technique with over 15 years of research experience and 8 years of AT teaching experience. Dr. Cacciatore is a PhD. Neuroscientist and STAT certified teacher, author of many peer reviewed scientific articles on Alexander technique, with 20 years of research experience.

For whom?
This workshop is for Alexander teachers, teachers in training, and students who want to understand Alexander technique from a scientific perspective. No background in science is needed. For participants who have taken workshops with us before, this workshop will serve both as a review and reinforcement of concepts and will include new material – we are constantly updating our material

Location:

Wiener Ausbildungszentrum für Alexandertechnik.
Lustgasse 3, 1030 Vienna
Austria

Time:
May 4th and 5th, 2019 – 10 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, 10 am – 4:00 pm Sunday

Price:
€ 170 ( € 150 if paid before March 30)

Contact:
alexandertechnik@sandri.at

Open Hours Thursday 05/01/19

Saturday 05 January, 10:00 am – 12 noon

If you would prefer to find out a bit more about the Alexander Technique before trying a lesson, then come along to an Open Hour. You can meet us, hear a short talk about what the Alexander Technique is, and how it could benefit you. You can also experience the Alexander Technique for yourself in a short practical demonstration (time allowing), and have your questions answered.

This event will be in English and German.

You can just drop in during the Open Hour, there is no need to book in advance. We look forward to meeting you!

Open Hours Thursday 29/11/18

Thursday 29 November, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

If you would prefer to find out a bit more about the Alexander Technique before trying a lesson, then come along to an Open Hour. You can meet us, hear a short talk about what the Alexander Technique is, and how it could benefit you. You can also experience the Alexander Technique for yourself in a short practical demonstration (time allowing), and have your questions answered.

This event will be in English and German.

You can just drop in during the Open Hour, there is no need to book in advance. We look forward to meeting you!

Alexander Technique workshop City Yoga Graz

Short introductory workshop/lecture to the Alexander Technique with Jean and Regina at City Yoga Graz

When: Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4:30 – 5:10 pm
Where: City Yoga, Am Eisernen Tor 3, 8010 Graz, Austria
Who: Everybody welcome!
How much: Free, no booking in advance required.
Language: Jean will guide through the workshop in English, Regina will add explanations in German if necessary.

The Alexander Technique is about moving, sitting, standing more easily and freely in everyday life. Frequently we are using much more tension and effort than necessary in many day-to-day activities, and many people end up with aches and pains, for example back pain. The Alexander Technique is a very different approach, yet ultimately very simple. It is not a treatment, there are no exercises nor do you need any special equipment. We are retraining how we are using ourselves – our body and mind – in everyday activities. In this short workshop we will introduce some fundamental principles of the Technique via some practical games; we will look at some basic movements, and you will learn about a different way of sitting which is better for your back.

Workshop for AT teachers with Jean Fischer

Considering ways of taking a pupil up from lying-down.

When: Sunday 20 January. 13:00 – 15:30.
Where: Wiener Ausbildungszentrum für Alexander-Technik (WAAT), Lustgasse 3, 1030 Wien
Who: Max. 8 teachers, teachers only.
How much: €40 per person.

Please book directly with Jean Fischer. This workshop will be held in English.

There is a variety of ways of taking a pupil up from lying-down after finishing working on the table. The aim is to prevent the pupil from interfering with the freedom and release which have been achieved through the lying-down work.

The Barlows and the Carringtons had their ways of taking a pupil up, and we will also look at a couple of other ways which have developed since. We will also look at how to talk through/help a pupil to get up themselves after lying down on the floor.

The workshop is practical; we will work on it together in small groups. This is a workshop for teachers only.

More about Jean Fischer.

Alexander Technique and Parkinson’s

People who are living with Parkinson’s Disease can derive great benefit from learning the Alexander Technique. Many case histories and personal reports as well as research suggests that the Alexander Technique can provide benefits for people living with PD such as:

  • they felt more positive/hopeful as a result of the lessons
  • felt less stressed/panic
  • improved self confidence
  • improved balance/posture
  • improved walking
  • improved speech
  • reduced tremor

The Alexander Technique is not a treatment, but offers strategies which can help Parkinson’s patients to manage themselves better in their daily lives and gain more control over movement patterns. As the Alexander Technique is something you learn and apply in your daily life there is a high potential for longtime retention of the benefits. Alexander Technique can be a valuable contribution to the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s.

From 2016 to 2018 Regina was involved in devising and setting up a project in London to make the Alexander Technique more available to people with Parkinson’s and their carers. In an article for the latest issue of STATNews, the newsletter of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) she reports about the development and activities of this project.

More on the “AT for Parkinson’s” project on the website of the Walter Carrington Educational Trust.
Research studies (please scroll to “Diseases” for research specifically on Alexander Technique and Parkinson’s).

You are warmly welcome to come to one of our ‘Open Hours’ events to get an impression of the Alexander Technique.
Through a series of lessons you can learn to practice the Alexander Technique.

Open Hours Tuesday 06/11/18

Tuesday 06 November, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

If you would prefer to find out a bit more about the Alexander Technique before trying a lesson, then come along to an Open Hour. You can meet us, hear a short talk about what the Alexander Technique is, and how it could benefit you. You can also experience the Alexander Technique for yourself in a short practical demonstration (time allowing), and have your questions answered.

This event will be in English and German.

You can just drop in during the Open Hour, there is no need to book in advance. We look forward to meeting you!