Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Sunday February 23rd, 2020, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Group workshop presented at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, 375 Selby St. Nanaimo, B.C.
Heather Walker is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and a professional musician. She was recently asked to teach an introductory workshop for adult amateur students at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. The workshop was organized by Alexandra Lee, who is the cello professor at the conservatory. When teaching cello, Alexandra includes attention to good posture and ease of movement along with the technical and musical aspects of the instrument. She has a large group of adult cello students, and she decided that it would be a great opportunity for the class to be introduced to the Alexander Technique as a supplement to their cello lessons.
An introductory workshop is a great place to explore some of the basic Alexander Technique ideas and how to start to practice them on your own. During this workshop we touched on many ideas by using explanation, imagery, visual aids, kinaesthetic awareness, and a small amount of “hands-on work”. We explored many concepts including balance, ease, support, fluidity, different types and designs of joints, habitual tension (and how to let go), efficient movement, and the head/neck/back relationship to co-ordination. We explored these ideas through standing, walking, sitting, and lying down (the Alexander Technique “active rest”.) And of course, we touched on ideas relating to playing our instruments and how to incorporate good “use” into all we do, whether playing your instrument or not.
Heather is available for introductory workshops for any group by request. The workshop length and focus can be tailored to a specific group or activity. Please contact Heather at 250-716-3464 for more information.