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The Alexander Technique: How Our Daily Activities Can Make Us Freer!
Start Date: 4/8/2016Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 4/8/2016End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description
Dr. Anita King will give a presentation on her work with the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and improved coordination. Practice of the Technique refines and heightens kinesthetic sensitivity, offering people a fluid and lively control of their movement. It provides a means whereby the use of a part--a voice or an arm or a leg--is improved by improving the use of the whole body, indeed, the whole self. These benefits are accomplished through a process of self-observation where one becomes intimately aware of one’s movement habits so that one can suspend habitual, often unconscious, muscular tightening where it exists and gradually, consciously, replace it with constructive behavior.

I will lead participants in explorations and activities designed to shed light on several topics related to coordinate movement (and yes, sitting, standing and speaking are movement activities!). These include: becoming more fully embodied by waking up the tactile and kinesthetic senses; sitting and standing with ease by taking full advantage of the weight-bearing capacity of the bony structure; maintaining full-stature by eliminating the distorting effects of unnecessary muscular effort (tension); avoiding isolation and overworking of individual parts by keeping them in continuous relation to the whole body.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Fine Arts West  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Contact Information:
Name: Doreen Simonsen
Phone: 503 375-5343
Email: dsimonse@willamette.edu
Anita King
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free Admission. Open to public and students.
Event Sponsor(s):
Faculty Colloquium
Other Details:
Meets in Room 145 in Fine Arts West. Enter the building from the west door, near Goudy Hall.

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