AT Terminology

Like any specialized field, AT has its own terminology. Most was first used by F.M. Alexander himself, though the use and meaning of some terms may have changed and diversified. Differences in interpretation from teacher to teacher may have also arisen.

Specific terminology is essential for describing shared experiences and observations and developing unifying models. It can also encapsulate experiences that defy systematic explanation. However, reliance on specialized AT terminology or jargon may get in the way of connecting AT with science and even at times lend support to untested and/or out of date physiological models.

One of the goals of this site is to describe shared experiences and observations of AT in terms of physiology rather than jargon.  This will be an ongoing process that we will address in posts. We welcome the input of both teachers and students.

Describing AT phenomena objectively

  • Inhibition
  • Direction
  • Primary Control
  • Use
  • Faulty Sensory Appreciation
  • Debauched kinesthesia and faulty sensory appreciation
  • End gaining
  • Means Whereby
  • Non-doing
  • The right thing does itself
  • Head neck back relationship
  • Positions of mechanical advantage
  • Antagonistic action
  • Up
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