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Your Springboard for Learning in Bodywork and Movement

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978-1-912085-85-9
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26 January 2021
Handspring Publishing

£40.00 GBP / $55.00 USD

Somatics, Dance, Movement

The Alexander Technique

Twelve fundamentals of integrated movement

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All aspects of life involve movement. This book offers a broad, new theoretical framework of how integrated movement occurs, with ideas from recent science, and practical explorations. Aimed at teachers and trainees of the Alexander technique, and all movement educators and somatic therapists, it uses accessible language to enable experiential learning. The explorations are simple techniques that build to enable practitioners both to look after themselves in life and practice, and to use with clients to help them understand and integrate what we offer them.

The book takes an evolutionary theme – what movement capacity we have lost in Western culture and how we can re-access it by reawakening older, more balanced movement patterns. The twelve fundamentals of integrated movement described are all practical: biomechanics is one structural fundamental, while many others are aspects of perception and thinking. These are much more part of movement than is mostly realised, because optimal movement is organised around our awareness, focus and goals.

The book emerges out of lessons taken between 1990 and 1994 with Miss Goldie, who worked alongside Alexander for thirty years and was closest to him. It presents a new interpretation of how Alexander developed the technique, and what happened next. The explorations recapture the essence of her teaching, and discovers the full scope of methods Alexander must have used to work on himself.

The body of the book combines theory with practical explorations that take the reader step by step back to integrated movement. Part 1 introduces the twelve fundamentals, and how natural breathing emerges when they work together; Part 2 uses body-play, conscious guidance and control and physical pulls to bring all the musculature back into play, while Part 3 explores letting previously unknown integrated movements emerge out of a quiet system.

The new scientific theories described will help the reader accept these very different physical experiences. These include left / right brain models; the concept that all our body’s intelligence centres (including the brain) are cooperative networks and not hierarchical; the Polyvagal theory and attachment theory; the two visual streams theory; spinal engine theory, tensegrity, and a new model of postural alignment; woven together to explain how we can live in a flow of dynamic balance.

 

Preface

Part 1. The basics of fundamental movement.

Chapter 1. Introduction, aims, and a tropical tale.

Chapter 2. Movement is the fundamental property of life

Chapter 3. The fundamentals of structure.

Chapter 4. The fundamentals of awareness and thinking.

Chapter 5. The autonomic nervous system (ANS). Why we need to work from quiet presence.

Chapter 6. Finding the intrinsic movements of natural breathing and walking, with Central Pattern Generators (CPGs).

Part 2. Linking brain and body with explorations of physical integration

Chapter 7. The Initial Alexander technique, and a new model of postural alignment.

Chapter 8. Single leg balance.

Chapter 9. Spatial relationships and use of the upper body and arms

Chapter 10. Toned sitting: integrating the core muscles.

Chapter 11. Walking as you’ve never walked before.

Chapter 12. Alexander’s biomechanics for expansion of the upper body

Chapter 13. Elasticity and alignment with gravity in sit to stand.

Chapter 14. Freeing the neck, and Alexander’s primary directions.

Part 3. Living in a flow of dynamic balance.

Chapter 15. catching a ball – inhibition in action

Chapter 16. New models of coordination and learning.

Chapter 17. Embodied speaking.

Chapter 18. Relating and attuning to people for putting hands on others.

 

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Penelope EASTEN

Penelope Easten has been teaching Alexander Technique internationally since 2004.

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The Alexander Technique

Twelve fundamentals of integrated movement

£40.00 GBP / $55.00 USD Free delivery in the UK and USA

All aspects of life involve movement. This book offers a broad, new theoretical framework of how integrated movement occurs, with ideas from recent science, and practical explorations. Aimed at teachers and trainees of the Alexander technique, and all movement educators and somatic therapists, it uses accessible language to enable experiential learning. The explorations are simple techniques that build to enable practitioners both to look after themselves in life and practice, and to use with clients to help them understand and integrate what we offer them.

The book takes an evolutionary theme – what movement capacity we have lost in Western culture and how we can re-access it by reawakening older, more balanced movement patterns. The twelve fundamentals of integrated movement described are all practical: biomechanics is one structural fundamental, while many others are aspects of perception and thinking. These are much more part of movement than is mostly realised, because optimal movement is organised around our awareness, focus and goals.

The book emerges out of lessons taken between 1990 and 1994 with Miss Goldie, who worked alongside Alexander for thirty years and was closest to him. It presents a new interpretation of how Alexander developed the technique, and what happened next. The explorations recapture the essence of her teaching, and discovers the full scope of methods Alexander must have used to work on himself.

The body of the book combines theory with practical explorations that take the reader step by step back to integrated movement. Part 1 introduces the twelve fundamentals, and how natural breathing emerges when they work together; Part 2 uses body-play, conscious guidance and control and physical pulls to bring all the musculature back into play, while Part 3 explores letting previously unknown integrated movements emerge out of a quiet system.

The new scientific theories described will help the reader accept these very different physical experiences. These include left / right brain models; the concept that all our body’s intelligence centres (including the brain) are cooperative networks and not hierarchical; the Polyvagal theory and attachment theory; the two visual streams theory; spinal engine theory, tensegrity, and a new model of postural alignment; woven together to explain how we can live in a flow of dynamic balance.

 

Preface

Part 1. The basics of fundamental movement.

Chapter 1. Introduction, aims, and a tropical tale.

Chapter 2. Movement is the fundamental property of life

Chapter 3. The fundamentals of structure.

Chapter 4. The fundamentals of awareness and thinking.

Chapter 5. The autonomic nervous system (ANS). Why we need to work from quiet presence.

Chapter 6. Finding the intrinsic movements of natural breathing and walking, with Central Pattern Generators (CPGs).

Part 2. Linking brain and body with explorations of physical integration

Chapter 7. The Initial Alexander technique, and a new model of postural alignment.

Chapter 8. Single leg balance.

Chapter 9. Spatial relationships and use of the upper body and arms

Chapter 10. Toned sitting: integrating the core muscles.

Chapter 11. Walking as you’ve never walked before.

Chapter 12. Alexander’s biomechanics for expansion of the upper body

Chapter 13. Elasticity and alignment with gravity in sit to stand.

Chapter 14. Freeing the neck, and Alexander’s primary directions.

Part 3. Living in a flow of dynamic balance.

Chapter 15. catching a ball – inhibition in action

Chapter 16. New models of coordination and learning.

Chapter 17. Embodied speaking.

Chapter 18. Relating and attuning to people for putting hands on others.

 

Paperback, eBook
978-1-912085-85-9
1
304
About 260 line drawings and photographs
246 x 189
Not yet published
26 January 2021
Handspring Publishing

£40.00 GBP / $55.00 USD

Somatics, Dance, Movement

Find out when this publication becomes available to order

We will use this data to notify you when this publication is available, and for no other purpose.

Claim 10% discount off your copy of The Alexander Technique when you preorder using coupon code eastenprepub

Penelope EASTEN

Penelope Easten has been teaching Alexander Technique internationally since 2004.

Read More ›

You may also be interested in:

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instructors
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