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New Developments in Alexander Technique Directing:

In recent years there have been dramatic development in the art of Alexander Technique directing. Negative (sometimes called Inhibitory) Alexander Technique directions, first explicitly described by Alexander Technique teacher Missy Vineyard in her 1997 book How you Stand, How you Move, How you Live, have a number of advantages over their traditional counterparts and are becoming increasingly popular with Alexander Technique teachers and students. Freedom Directions, pioneered by Jennifer Roig Francoli have been shown to have all the advantages of Negative Directions without the barriers that the term "negative" has for some teachers and students. Most recently, John Macy has discovered, or perhaps re-discovered, an aspect of directing which based on a careful reading of F. Matthias Alexander's books, and Pedro de Alcantara has developed what can be called "Neutral Directions" in conjunction with his concept of the "simplified spine". The first interview below deals not with with the content of directions, but with effective ways to use them for yourself.

I just wanted to thank you (again!) for your Body Learning podcasts! Yesterday, in my Eastman School of Music Alexander Technique class we were talking about Alexander Technique directing and I was so glad to offer many ways to think about Direction! Classic, Negative, Freedom, Neutral (Simplified Skeleton), and Gravity/Support. - Katie Fittipaldi, Alexander Technique teacher in Rochester, New York

Effective ways to use Alexander Technique Directions
(Although primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students, this podcast can potentially be useful for anyone.) Robert Rickover, an Alexander Technique teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada talks with Mark Josefsberg about the importance of how you use Alexander Technique directions as you go through life. Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. Mark teaches in New York City Website: markjosefsberg.com More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

A Brief History of Alexander Technique Directions
(Although primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students, this podcast can potentially be useful for anyone.) Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Deleware, talks with Robert Rickover about the evolution of Alexander Technique directions over the years. Imogen's website: ImogenRagone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto Canada. Website: AlexanderTechniqueNebraska.com More information about the Alexander Technique: AlexanderTechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

The Power of Doing (Almost) Nothing
(Although primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students, this podcast can potentially be useful for anyone.) Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Deleware, talks with Robert Rickover about the importance of making as little effort as possible when using Alexander Technique directions. Imogen's website: ImogenRagone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto Canada. Website: AlexanderTechniqueNebraska.com More information about the Alexander Technique: AlexanderTechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

An interesting new development in Alexander Technique directing
(Although primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students, this podcast can potentially be useful for anyone.) Jennifer Roig-Francoli, an Alexander Technique teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio talks with Robert Rickover about a discovery she's made about Alexander Technique directing - one that might be a useful alternative to, or even a replacement for, Alexander Technique negative directions. Jennifer's website: http://www.ArtofFreedom.me Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about negative directions: upwithgravity.net/negative-directions More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com.

An interesting new development in Alexander Technique directing - Part 2
(Although primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students, this podcast can potentially be useful for anyone.) Jennifer Roig-Francoli, an Alexander Technique teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio talks again with Robert Rickover about Freedom Directions and how they relate to F M Alexander's concept of inhibition and to the fundamental idea he expressses at the beginning of his first book. Jennifer's website: ArtofFreedom.me Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about negative directions: upwithgravity.net/negative-directions More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com.

Living with Ease at the Center of the Universe
Jennifer Roig-Francoli, an Alexander Technique teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio talks with Robert Rickover about a process that she has been using - "Center of the Universe" - that has helped her students in very simple and practical ways and which anyone can use. Jennifer's website: ArtOfFreedom.me Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

The power of Alexander Technique Freedom Directions
Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, talks with Robert Robert Rickover about the usefulness of Alexander Technique freedom directions for teachers and students. Freedom Directions were developed by Jennifer Roig Francoli. Jennifer's website: ArtOfFreedom.me Imogen's website: imogenragone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

Combining Alexander Technique Freedom Directions and Up With GravitySM
Robert Rickover, an Alexander Technique teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto Canada, talks with Imogen Ragone about the ways he uses Freedom Directions in combination with the Up With GravitySM process. Robert's website: AlexanderTechniqueNebraska.com Imogen's website: ImogenRagone.com More information about Up With GravitySM: UpWithGravity.net More information about Freedom Directions: ArtOfFreedom.me Additional podcasts about Freedom Directions: BodyLearningCast.com/teachers/directions More information about the Alexander Technique: AlexanderTechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

A new approach to Alexander Technique direction and inhibition
(This podcast is primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students.) John Macy, a physical therapist and Alexander Technique teacher in Omaha, Nebraska talks with Robert Rickover about an interesting new discovery relating to directing and inhibiting - a discovery which you can easily experiment with for yourself - that he made after carefully reading F. Matthias Alexander's four books. John's website: alexandertechniqueomaha.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

The origins and use of Neutral Directions
(This podcast is primarily for Alexander Technique teachers and students.) Mastaneh Nazarian, an Alexander Technique teacher in Melbourne, Australia talks with Robert Rickover about her experiences using "Neutral Directions" which are based on Pedro de Alcantara's "Simplified Skeleton" concept. Mastaneh's website: rediscoverease.com Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com
You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

The Simplified Skeleton
Pedro de Alcantara, an Alexander Technique teacher in Paris, France, talks with Robert Rickover about his concept, the "Simplified Skeleton", the basis of what have come to be called "Neutral Directions". Pedro's website: pedrodealcantara.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com.

The Advantages of Negative Alexander Technique Directions
Amy Ward Brimmer, an Alexander Technique teacher in Yardley and Philadelphia, Pennsyvania talks with Robert Robert Rickover about the usefulness of negative directions for teachers and students. Amy's website: wayopenscenter.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

More on the advantages of Negative Alexander Technique Directions
Amy Ward Brimmer, an Alexander Technique teacher in Yardley and Philadelphia, Pennsyvania again talks with Robert Robert Rickover about her experiences with negative directions and about their usefulness for teachers and students. Amy's website: wayopenscenter.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

Using Negative Alexander Technique Directions
Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, talks with Robert Robert Rickover about the usefulness of negative directions for teachers and students. Imogen's website: imogenragone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

Surprising new uses for Alexander Technique negative directions
Robert Rickover, an Alexander Technique teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada talks with Amy Ward Brimmer about some surprising new uses for negative directions. Robert's website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. Amy teaches in Yardley and Philadelphia, Pennsyvania. Amy's website: wayopenscenter.com More information about negative directions: upwithgravity.net/negative-directions More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

Simplifying the combination of Up With GravitySM with Alexander Technique Negative Directions
John Macy, an Alexander Technique teacher and physical therapist in Omaha, Nebraska, talks with Robert Rickover about ways to make the combined use of the Up With GravitySM process and negative Alexnder Technique directions easier and more effective. John's website: alexandertechniqueomaha John is the owner of The Workout Omaha Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

Taking Negative Alexander Technique Directions in new Directions
Patrick Smith, a guitarist and long-time Alexander Technique student in the Washington, DC area, talks with Robert Rickover about his experiences in applying negative directions in areas not usually associated with the Technique. Patrick's Alexander Technique teacher is David Jernigan. David's website: djernigan.com Patrick's website: PatrickSmithMusic.com Patrick's blog, in which he regularly writes about his Alexander Technique experiences: ajourneymanswayhome.blogspot.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

How to use the Alexander Technique Constructive Rest position as a laboratory for experimenting with ways to improve your functioning - Part 1
Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, talks with Robert Rickover about how the constructive rest position an be used as a platform for experimenting with Alexander Technique negative Alexander Technique directions Parts 2 and 3 will include a disscussion about using the Up With GravitySM process during constructive rest. Imogen's website: imogenragone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com More information about Constructive Rest: alexandertechnique.com/constructiverest More information about Up With GravitySM can be found here: UpWithGravity.net More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

How to use the Alexander Technique Constructive Rest position as a laboratory for experimenting with ways to improve your functioning - Part 2
Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, talks with Robert Rickover about how the constructive rest position an be used as a platform for experimenting with the Up With GravitySM process. Imogen's website: ImogenRagone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

How to use the Alexander Technique Constructive Rest position as a laboratory for experimenting with ways to improve your functioning - Part 3
Imogen Ragone, an Alexander Technique teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, talks about how the constructive rest position an be used as a platform for experimenting with negative Alexnder Technique directions and Up With GravitySM while moving parts of your body. Imogen's website:ImogenRagone.com Robert teaches in Lincoln, Nebraska and Toronto, Canada. Website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com. More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.com You can learn how to support this and other Alexander Technique websites at AlexTechExpress.com/support

 



 
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