Think and Move Well
In the ITM approach to the Alexander Technique we study thinking through the medium of movement.
Our students bring activities to our classes and we work with them to improve their levels of performance. An activity can range from the everyday, such as walking, to the specialised, such as playing a musical instrument, massage and bodywork, acting.
Any individual's performance of any activity will reflect their idea of the combination and sequence of movements required. It also reflects their ideas about how to translate this into action. Beyond that, our movements reflect some of our basic beliefs about how we work.
By working with students and their activities, through questions, gentle manipulation, the sharing of Alexander's ideas and some sound anatomical information, the student can begin to unpick some of their less helpful ideas about what is required, and how it should be done.
Continuing this process can help us to train our thinking so that we develop ideas and processes that make movement more effective and efficient. This can lead to new levels of freedom and ease of movement.
The process of personal development can be continued indefinitely, to develop an increasingly effective thinking process which provides the basis of an effective and reasoned approach to the whole of our lives.
About the tutors
Nicola Dobiecka Msc ITM
I trained with Don Weed on a 4-year teacher training course in the ITM approach to teaching the Alexander Technique, qualifying in 2012.
I teach the Alexander Technique in Edinburgh and around the UK and at ITM organised events, such as the annual English summer workshop in Cirencester.
Prior to training as an Alexander Technique teacher I gained a BA Psychology and German an MSc in Human Computer Interaction.
I initially pursued the ITM Alexander Technique to help with pain and lack of mobility which I was causing by my reaction to injuries. The processes appealed to my love of Pyschology, human interaction, art and continual learning. I decided to train as a teacher after becoming excited by the power of this work to transform people's lives.
David Bailey ITM
I trained as a geophysicist before beginning a series of computer-based jobs. After a number of years I developed RSI problems which didn't respond to treatment. Eventually I tried the Alexander Technique and discovered that I was causing my own problems by the way I was going about things.
Studying Alexander's work and having lessons helped me solve the problem and gradually the RSI disappeared.
Alexander's ideas and their seemingly endless applicability fascinated me, so I continued to study and eventually enrolled on the Interactive Teaching Method's 4-year teacher training course. I graduated in 2012 and have been teaching the Alexander Technique ever since.