Our training course is recognized by Alexander Technique Education (ATE). The training course is also recognized by the Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs (CRKBO) and is therefore BTW exempt.
Photos: Ron Murdock
Our training course is situated in Nijmegen, the oldest city in The Netherlands which has a lively student population who attend the international university here. Our studio looks out on two sides to our extensive, private garden which borders a canal where you can sit in peace and quiet and enjoy the wild fowl (swans, two types of geese, several kinds of ducks and the bossy moore hens) who, in spring, bring their young for our admiration.
Alexander discovered that he interfered with the natural balance of his head on the spine and shortened his stature while performing as an actor. He came to realize that he caused these postural habits by self induced tension. Alexander researched for many years and found out that when he could stop creating this tension and direct himself not to shorten his body but to lengthen it, his vocal problems disappeared. He experienced that the balance of the head, neck and spine were vital to the healthy functioning of his breathing and his voice and that he could re-educate the way he used himself. He called the natural balance of the head on the spine “primary control”. You will meet this aspect of the work in your training.
Photo: © Robert van Sluis - www.robertvansluis.com
Photos: © Robert van Sluis - www.robertvansluis.com
The Teacher Training Course
Increasing your awareness of postural and mental habits which interfere with your balance, breathing and co-ordination is the main objective of the Alexander Technique. Learning to teach this work requires the student to become skilled in four areas of learning.
If you are training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique you will first and foremost learn to improve your own balance and co-ordination. Each day of the training begins with “working on the use of yourself”.
Learning how to integrate each stage of development into their professional and personal activities.
This area of study is devoted to reading, discussing and looking at wider aspects of the history, science and relevance today of the Alexander Technique.
In an Alexander lesson the teacher communicates to and guides their pupil with their voice and hands. This is a very specific use. In this part of the course we teach awareness of the use of the hands and voice through a complete training in the basic Alexander principle of mind-body-unity.
Alexander wrote in his book “The Use of The Self” about the harmful effect the tension in his legs and feet had on his voice. Alexander said that he only was able to successfully release the tension in his neck and back when he sorted out what he was doing with his legs and feet which helped him to regain his natural freedom and co-ordination.
At our school we pay great attention to the important role the feet and legs play in releasing the tension in the whole of the body.
We call this aspect of Alexander’s work the Psycho-Physical Support System.©
We work three days a week, four hours each day, 33 weeks a year over four years. We divide the day equally into the four areas above.
To become a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique you need to complete 1600 hours of training.
We always have a break for refreshments.