The Science of Inhibition and End-gaining

Contents: Introduction AT Experiences of Inhibition and End-gaining The Science of Executive Function Working Memory Cognitive Flexibility Executive Inhibition Connecting Inhibition and End-gaining with the Science of Executive Function Experiments on Inhibition and End-gaining Dr. Rajal Cohen: End-gaining and Posture Dr. Ian Loram: Proactive Inhibition of Neck Muscle Activity  Dr. […]

Describing Alexander Technique Phenomena Objectively: Separating Observation & Explanation, Avoiding Jargon & Spin

How do Alexander teachers talk about the Alexander Technique? In this essay, Patrick Johnson writes about his experience teaching science workshops to Alexander teachers with Tim Cacciatore and how common ways of talking about the Alexander Technique can reinforce out-of-date scientific ideas and faulty reasoning. By learning to clearly separate […]

Debunking Body Tensegrity (Video)

Alexander Technique teachers aren’t alone among somatics practitioners in thinking that tensegrity is a good model for the musculoskeletal system. In this 20-minute talk first given to Australian Alexander Technique teachers during their 2018 Science and the Alexander Technique Webinar, Patrick Johnson goes in-depth on tensegrity. He shows that the […]

The Physics of Sit-to-Stand

This essay by Tim Cacciatore and Patrick Johnson on the biomechanics of sit-to-stand was originally published in STAT News, Fall 2016. 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 […]

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