Continuous Professional Development
The Alexander Technique is first and foremost a practical technique.
When we apply the Alexander Technique to our lives, we do so on a day by day basis. In this sense, its application lends itself to being continuous, and is in essence concerned with our individual development.
PAAT teachers meet regularly to work at their Alexander Technique practice and share insights and reflections. We do so to develop our own understanding and practice of the Technique, and the skills and experience we gain informs what we pass on to pupils and students in our teaching rooms and on our courses. As members of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, we are committed to continuous professional development as a means of improving the quality of our teaching provision over time.
Here you will find accounts of our professional work sessions, including details of themes and issues we consider to be important as we take our teaching practice forward into the 2020s.
Our current areas of interest relate primarily to the importance of consistency of inhibition and direction, and we seek also to investigate individualising the work with the hands.
Shallowford, November 2019
PAAT held a CPD weekend at Shallowford House in Staffordshire in November. The event was well attended, and there was a range of input and activities, all focussed around developing the use of the hands in teaching.
There was also time to socialise and enjoy the peaceful grounds at Shallowford.
Birmingham, December 2019
A two-hour work session was held in Birmingham on 14th December 2019 as part of the PAAT CPD programme, followed by a Christmas meal at Winterbourne House.
Virtual Meeting, May 2020
An online CPD session was held on Saturday 2nd May, continuing with the theme of Consistency in applying the Alexander Technique and of developing our Sensory Appreciation.
The session began with participants giving detailed attention to their use through guided sitting and going from sitting to standing. There was then a focus on giving attention to the standing setup in three stages: just noticing, guided noticing, and making adjustments to promote improved use in standing.
The next part of the session offered the opportunity for feedback and discussion in small groups on the experience of daily practice, specifically relating to using the hands to develop one’s own sensory appreciation and use.
This was followed by summaries of some research on mechanical stress related to posture and balance which was then discussed in small groups.
The final part of the session focused on the poise of the head, with participants benefitting from each other’s feedback.
The session was very well attended and the work and discussions were again lively and productive, with varied and engaging content which gave participants a valuable opportunity to work together for their personal development as well and for the benefit of PAAT.