Glossary of Scientific Terms

Posted by Tim Cacciatore on July 7, 2019

Category: Overview
This post contains a glossary of some of the relevant scientific terminology for Alexander technique and science with links to relevant articles and websites. Acceleration Change in speed or velocity. Caused by an imbalance in forces. Adaptable tone Muscle tone that changes its distribution automatically when position is changed. This

Alexander Technique Phenomena

Posted by Patrick Johnson on July 7, 2019

Category: Uncategorized
(originally published in STAT Journal Fall 2018) During the last few years Dr. Tim Cacciatore and I have been giving workshops and webinars to help teachers explore the relevant contemporary science for Alexander technique (AT). We delve into the wealth of scientific research from the last 30 years or so,
Alexander technique teachers refer at times to faulty sensory appreciation, unreliable sensory appreciation, or debauched kinesthesia to explain why a student may feel like they are doing one thing when in fact they are doing another. For example, a student who habitually tilts their neck to the left may feel

The Physics of Sit-to-Stand

Posted by Patrick Johnson on July 2, 2019

(Originally published in STAT News Fall 2016 by Patrick Johnson and Tim Cacciatore) Sit-to-stand is one of the essential movements that Alexander technique teachers use to teach. We generally leave the mechanical details of the movement aside and focus on teaching inhibition and direction. But understanding the basic physics of
In this 30 minute webinar presentation presented for Australian Alexander technique teachers in 2018, I explain why the principle of tensegrity is not an appropriate model for describing biomechanics. I trace the history of the concept in the somatics world. Not only is tensegrity biomechanically suspect but articles promoting it
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