The Alexander Teacher Training School

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Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
London
Staff: 

Head of training: Anthony Kingsley (Shmuel Nelkin, 1986)

Teacher Training Address: 
16 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TN
Contact Details: 

Telephone: (day) 020 7629 1808 or (evening) 020 8883 2105
Email: anthony@alexanderteacher.co.uk

Prerequisites: 

Students wishing to enroll on this course should be able to demonstrate an interest and a sound understanding of the Alexander Technique, and will have undertaken a reasonable number of private Alexander lessons. Applicants will if possible visit the school, and have lesson(s) and an interview with the Head of Training.

Weekly Hours: 
09.00 to 13.00 Tuesday to Friday
Course Fees: 
£4725 per year
Year Founded: 
2004
Graduates: 
25
Current Trainees: 
19
Curriculum: 

Curriculum: At least 80% of the training will be practical work, in keeping with the fundamentally practical nature of the Technique. The core curriculum is based on Alexander’s basic principles, and will therefore cover the essential concepts of inhibition and directions, the unity of mind and body, doing and non-doing, the force of habit and false sensory. Each day there will be time for reading Alexander’s writings or other relevant material.

The philosophy of the training is to encourage a lively and open-minded exploration of the Alexander Technique. We believe that the best teachers develop a unique contribution to the Alexander world, and that being faithful to the Alexander concepts does not require a sacrifice of individual creativity. The aim of the training is for each student to integrate within themselves the theory and practice of the Alexander Technique.

In addition, experts will offer seminars in the following fields:
Basic anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Professionalism and ethics.
People skills, mind-body explorations.
Alexander, music and the performing arts.

Additional notes: 

The centre for psychophysical education.
UKBA International Student Sponsor.
The ATTS is situated in the heart of London’s West End, opposite Selfridges, and just off Oxford Street. The School is just a few minutes walking distance from either Oxford Circus, Bond Street or Marble Arch tube stations. There are also plenty of buses that serve the area. The training takes place in a beautiful large studio room with wooden floors, wall-to-wall mirrors, and there is an in-house cafeteria.

UK/World?: 
UK

I started the Alexander Technique due to slight scoliosis and a stretched nerve in my left lower back and I thought it would improve my posture which could only help my injury! I've got far more out of the technique than just improved posture! The first thing that I've learned is how to work with my Alexander Technique teacher and my body to control the pain! When the horrible muscle spasms start, I can now use breathing to help instead of lying on the floor helpless. Instead of focusing on what I can't do or do incorrectly, my teacher has helped me to understand what I do right and to do things that I didn't think that I could do. I found out that I have model hips rather than a twisted spine and that I can sit on an exercise ball without falling over! In short, the technique has made a huge difference to my life. I would recommend it to everyone and strongly believe that it should be on the NHS!

Lyndsey Hayes - Social Sciences teacher
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