Training Philosophy and Principles
The students draw on the complementary skills and experience
of the teachers in order to develop inhibition and direction which we
see as the core of this training
The school is a place for people to learn. All of us at the school
see ourselves within a learning context. The initiative for change is
with the individual, with due regard given to being able to work within
a community of other students. The course is suitable for students who
have an ongoing interest in exploring the implications of Alexander's
ideas on psychophysical unity, and who have a desire to teach these to
the general public.
The work of becoming an Alexander teacher involves us in a process
of change that is larger than the acquiring of the technical and professional
skills. In order to work in an easy and non-invasive way, the teacher
needs to be aware of the impact of his/her personality on the pupil, and
of the importance of establishing a safe context for the work.
During their training students are encouraged and given ample
opportunity to find their own unique expression of the Alexander principles.
The school appreciates the diversity of individual teachers within the
Alexander Technique offers delicacy and refinement of approach
in the field of body image, body awareness, and kinaesthesia. It provides
an easy, non-invasive pathway towards the release of inappropriate postural
sets. The core work of the school continues to be a thorough investigation
of Alexander's principles, and techniques for communicating these to the
The Technique involves us in a consideration of those things
which come before the doing of anything else. If the Technique remains
separate from everything else as a thing in itself, it can lose its vitality.
Applying it to activities such as voice-work, movement, creative painting,
drawing and writing are an integral part of this course. Tuning the instrument
is only the preparation for playing music.
JAMIE McDOWELL, MICHAEL HARDWICKE
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