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ealthy News Service: International Alexander Awareness Week June 13th -19th, 2005
 


International Alexander Awareness Week June 13th -19th, 2005

by Healthy News - 5/31/2005

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Come to a free demonstration of an educational method that people of all ages and abilities can learn to relieve tension, pain and stress caused by poor habits of use.

FLORENCE, Mass. – May 31, 2005 – On June 13th through June 19th, 2005, Certified Alexander Technique teachers across the United States, in England, Germany, Australia, Israel and Brazil, will go out to public venues to give demonstrations, lectures, and sample lessons in an international celebration of over 100 years of the unique work of F.M. Alexander.

Growing older is inevitable; becoming stooped and stiffened doesn’t have to accompany the aging process. Movie stars, athletes, musicians, and the aging population of baby boomers have all benefited from the Alexander Technique, using it to maintain the grace and ease of youthful posture. And by so doing, they prevent the misuse of their backs and necks, and put off the aches and pains that are associated with age.

More than 80% of the population experiences back pain at some point in their lives. Poor habits of use and posture are often the underlying causes. Experience shows the Alexander Technique, by addressing these issues, is effective for relieving neck, back and shoulder pain for the long-term, and it is recommended by many health care professionals across the country.

Alexander Technique is a gentle method of neuromuscular reeducation that can help people cope with pain, reduce stress, and put off the postural defects associated with problems of aging. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers Alexander Technique to cancer patients in conjunction with traditional medicine, and a number of pain rehabilitation clinics around the country offer Alexander Technique to patients in chronic pain. It is offered at American Conservatories and Universities, including The Juilliard School, UCLA Departments of Music and Theater, and Yale University School of Drama. Dr. Andrew Weil's website endorses Alexander Technique for health and lists it in all three sections: Mind, Body, and Spirit.

AmSAT has compiled a bibliography of hundreds of articles published on the Alexander Technique since 1909. It is available online at: www.amsat.ws/presskit/Biblio/Biblio.pdf

More about Alexander Awareness Week: www.alexandertech.com/ATAware05/

Offering information, resources and support: Contact Dana Ben-Yehuda, Media Spokesperson, American Society for the Alexander Technique, at: dbenyehuda@amsat.ws

About Alexander Technique:

The Alexander Technique is an educational method for optimizing overall coordination. It is known for its effectiveness in changing faulty postural habits, relieving chronic tension and stress, and improving mobility and performance of personal and professional activities. People learn the Alexander Technique for a variety of reasons, a common one being chronic pain. Another common reason the Alexander Technique is studied is to enhance performance. Athletes, singers, dancers and musicians use the Technique to produce fuller breath, richer voice, and speed and accuracy of movement. The most far-reaching reason people study the Technique is to achieve greater conscious control of their reactions.

Today there are over 5,000 Alexander Technique teachers in more than 30 countries. In June 2005, International Alexander Awareness Week will be celebrated in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, and Israel.

Dana Ben-Yehuda is a Certified Alexander Teacher in private practice in Mt. View, California.

About the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT):

Founded in 1987, the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is the largest professional organization for teachers of the Alexander Technique in the United States. AmSAT establishes and maintains standards for teacher training and certification, educates the public about the Alexander Technique, and provides educational and support services for members. Membership as an AmSAT Certified Alexander Teacher requires completion of a minimum of 1,600 hours of training over three academic years, in an AmSAT-approved teacher-training program. Directors of teacher-training courses possess a minimum of seven years of teaching experience. They must apply to AmSAT for evaluation and approval to begin a training course and for re-approval of their course every three years. Certified Alexander Technique teachers are not physicians; they do not treat or diagnose disease

The AmSAT Mission:
To define, maintain, and promote the Alexander Technique at its highest standard of professional practice and conduct.

AmSAT: P.O. Box 60008 • Florence, MA 01062
(800) 473-0620 • (413) 584-2359 • Fax (413) 584-3097 • e-mail: info@amsat.ws

To find an AmSAT Certified Alexander Teacher in your area, see: www.amsat.ws

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