This is a very iteresting artcicle on someone paralysed, given the chance to walk again by attaching electrodes to the legs. What is clear they have learned that it is the legs and spinal cord that are the main drivers of walking – messages from the brain facilitate, but it is the weight transfer that is important. The article of course puts ut much more clearly than this brief summary and there’s a bigger report on this research in the Lancet linked in this article
There’s a great new film short on youtube http://youtu.be/hwKkbl-EzfQ watching and listening to musicians in New York at Juilliard and Aspen who have had lessons with Lori Schiff. Makes it very clear.
Robert clearly does Alexander Technique as this article suggests:
Now as far as I know she didn’t have a lesson in AT, BUT she did have an interest – at least until page 154 of Man’s Supreme Inheritance by FM Alexander. A copy was found on her bookshelves, well thumbed and annotated and here’s a link that will tell you more. http://www.marilynmonroecollection.com/TheBook2.htm
Reckon she could have done with some lessons – that head goes waaaay back when she pouts at the camera. I do love her in Some Like it Hot – one of my favourite movies of all time, Sugar.
Great news!! I copied this from our google group on Alexander Technique. Thought you all might be interested………
> Our paper on the 2009 pilot study done with surgeons at Cincinnati
> Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which won second prize for
> clinical papers submitted to the national conference of the American
> Academy of Pediatrics in 2010, has just been accepted for publication
> in the Journal of Urology, the preeminent publication for urology in
> the world. It will appear in a special edition on Pediatric Urology
> in October, 2011. We trust that this worldwide recognition of our
> work will help us to secure funding for what we hope will be a large-
> scale, multi-city research study done in the U.S.
> I’m very excited and thrilled that this topic is generating so much
> high-profile and qualitative interest in what we do as Alexander
> Technique teachers! I’ve also been very gratified to receive so much
> positive response from teachers who have been able to use the
> information from our pilot study to better communicate with medical
> professionals and spread the word amongst people who are generally
> regarded as trusted by the public as authorities on the body.
> So….onwards, forward and up! :)
> All best,
> p.s. If you’d like more information on our study, you can read about
> it here:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/artistic-discipline-meets-mod…
Don’t know if they’ve actually had lessons, but about 7 years ago they tried to – they came 3/4 way way through a workshop, a colleague was giving in Chelsea Piers New York . She told then they were too late and should come back next week…they never did…as another colleague wrote, that’s almost cool.
Here’s Walking and Falling by laurie anderson on YouTube:
Guess what? It appears that Lionel Logue the speech therapist portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the new film The King’s Speech had lessons in UK with fellow Aussie, FM Alexander sometime around 1911. Now there’s a surprise.
Happy New Year!
My lovely artsed students have just come back form their xmas break and as usual have returned with written reports from their assignment to lie down everyday. I listened to the first batch of MA papers this morning – wonderful insights and authentic journeys. I hope to put one or two up on the website soon.
I always let them read their papers out to the rest of the group, so they can learn from each other by this sharing. I ask them to mainatin their attention on listening, without commenting, to make it a very safe place to reveal their stories and stop the habit of having to do the ‘noddies’ – signalling that they are listening. It is a practice used in 12 step programmes.
And some have added nice experiences on the I Like Lying Down in Semi-Supine page on Facebook. Check it out!
I have settled the dates for next year’s workshops on the beautiful magical enchanting fragrant Greek Island of Alonnisos:
June 17 – 24th July 1st – 8th July 15th – 22nd September 2nd – 9th
No special teachers week this year as it’s International Congress in August and Alexander wizards will be making their way to Lugano again. Hurrah – more workshop time for all levels!
More pix on my Alexander Technique in Greece page on Facebook……www.facebook.com/AlexanderTechniqueInGreece
See you all there!