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The Scythe Book – Mowing hay, cutting weeds, and harvesting small grains with hand tools by David Tresemer contains a six-page introduction to the Alexander Technique and how it helps with scything.[1] The relevant section begins with: Awareness of the dynamics of one’s own body can be employed to improve one’s ability at mowing, and, indeed, vice versa. Most helpful for this understanding is the knowledge provided in the teachings of F. Matthias Alexander.[2] And it ends with: The scythe draws my primary control out beyond my own body to relate to the earth.[...
Card games – Poker ‘Poker’ by Jerry Sontag discusses the ‘poker face’ and regards the ability to deal with boredom as a more important factor.[1] ‘How to read a poker player’s body language’ by Charlie Schultz; on the reasons for applying the Alexander Technique to playing poker, and using observation skills to interpret a player’s body language.[2] References [1] ‘Poker’ by Jerry Sontag in NASTAT News, issue 39, Winter 1998, p. 19. [2] ‘How to read a poker player’s body language’...
This entry covers teaching school teachers in the Alexander Technique. Books The Thinking Teacher's Body by Harriet Anderson. Inspired by the Alexander Technique, written for teachers, trainee teachers, and all those involved in teacher training and development.[1] Articles ‘Teaching the Alexander Technique to trainee school teachers – An ongoing research project’ by Grant Ragsdale; an interim report on teaching the Technique to trainee teachers at Leeds Metropolitan University.[2] ‘The “means-whereby” we teach and learn the...
This article covers the application of the Technique to the workplace and the teaching of the Technique at the workplace, on site. (This entry excludes music, dance and acting colleges, hospitals and schools, see below). F. M. Alexander Although there are references to the application of the Technique to work in Alexander’s writings, there is no record of Alexander teaching people on site (except in the early days when he would to go London theatres to work with actors, and in 1940 when he visited Coghill at his home.) History The first reference to the explicit use of the...
This entry consists of material which is as yet unclassified or may not qualify for inclusion.   2018 Congress Papers ‘Standing at the edge’ by Roshi Joan Halifax is a report of Roshi Joan Halifax’s lecture. She is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest and anthropologist whose recent book Standing at the Edge explores what she calls ‘edge states’. She spoke in particular on five states: altruism, emphathy, integrity, respect and engagement.[1]   ‘Time and choice: The underpinnings of inhibition’ by Anne Johnson describes a series of...

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