Alexander Technique and the Performing Arts Conference (ATPA) was held in September 2012 at Melbourne University, through the Victorian College of the Arts. The theme was around supporting emerging as well as established performers, and integrating the Technique into ongoing training curricula. Michael Stenning was among other master teachers of the Alexander Technique from NZ, UK, USA and AUS. He presented a masterclass for musicians. If you want an individual session or a group presentation on this theme, please contact us.
Application Tip – Creating Triggers for Good Use of Yourself
A common comment that we hear is about the challenge of “remembering to remember” – renewing one’s attention and attentiveness to oneself. Generally speaking, if we have undertaken to learn the Alexander Technique, ie learn to use ourselves better, with less strain, it is because something, usually painful, has driven us to give it our attention.
For example, perhaps a recurrent “back attack” has been recurring more frequently, such that it becomes impossible to ignore. We are driven to consider our own role: “What am I doing in the way I move, balance, maintain posture etc, that may be behind the recurrent back issue”?
If we are misusing ourselves, improving that misuse can remove the strain-producing causes of many back problems. But that misuse, your way of applying yourself across all your activities, is a habit, something that is present 24/7. It may encompass compensatory maladaptations to trauma or on-going adjustments that generate strain and injury.
How can we remember to pay attention often enough to create change in our nervous system and in our muscles? You need to build it into the everyday acts of life: driving the car, sitting down at the computer, going for a walk. Build it into small activities like brushing your teeth. If the phone rings, can you stop, and remember your Self before you move to answer it? You have time! It need only take a blink of the eye, to allow one’s neck to release, to allow length and space, and then to release into movement, rather than tightening into movement. Light, easy Attention, informed with a clear Intent!
Health Fund Rebates
Currently health funds offering rebates are – Australian Health Management, Australian Unity & MBF, HBA (BUPA) (incorporating NRMA, SGIO & SGIC), Health Partners, Teachers Health, Medibank Private and HCF.
HCF and Medibank Private now include the AT for those of their members who have coverage for “Extras” which began in July 09. This means that along with those funds which already recognize the AT, lessons will be covered for the great majority of members of private health funds who choose to take out this level of coverage. The Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique is following this up by actively lobbying those funds which do not yet offer coverage for the Alexander Technique, pointing out the level of coverage of other funds and providing them with information on the British back-pain study.
Understand How The Alexander Technique Can Help You
We often get asked questions about how the Alexander Technique (AT) can help and how it relates both to effective pain management and to performing any skill better. Below are some answers to give you more insight into the AT.
Posture And Pain: Does Your Back Hurt?
We all know about the desirability of relaxation, flexibility, good posture and the absence of tension. Despite our best intentions, despite relaxation classes, fitness classes and Eastern disciplines, despite stretching exercises, posture exercises, taping and Californian know-how, we’re still tense and uncomfortable in our bodies, with aching backs, sore necks, stiff shoulders, injuries and named conditions. What information are we lacking?
Exercising but getting injured?
Who uses The Alexander Technique?
Freedom in Action has worked with Musicians, Sports people, Office Workers, New mums, Horse Riders, Gym junkies, Singers, Actors, Public Servants, Martial Arts specialists, Young men, Elderly Women, IT specilaists and the list goes on. The Alexander Technique is ideal for everybody who wants to do what they do better.
If you wear out your body – where are you going to live?
Sitting Without Strain
How do you get comfortable and stay functional and productive? If you can be comfortable, then you are more able to concentrate and be productive. Avoiding physical discomfort, also avoids a source of stress, since discomfort-tension demands energy and attention. Read more >