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Book Launch: How to Breathe by Richard Brennan, Oct 18th 2017, Galway and Oct 25th in Split, Croatia

Posted Sept 30th 2017

Wednesday 18th October: Launch of new book by Richard Brennan, How to Breathe, in Room 004, Hardiman Research Building, NUIG (beside Archives reading Room) at 5.30pm. Speakers include Richard Brennan, Audrey Corbett, Niall Kelly, Dr. Hugh Melvin and Wolfgang Weiser and Tomás Hardiman. Further details →

Wednesday 25th October: Book launch in Split, Croatia. Gradska knjiznica, Marka Marulica, Ulica slobode 2, Split at 18:30pm. All welcome.

Speakers include Richard Brennan, Aranka Fortwangler and Andreja Tokic.

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Alexander Technique Workshop with Jeando Masoero

Posted Jul 20th 2017

Alexander Technique Workshop:
"Working to principle in
learning to do in
using the self"
by Jeando Masoero
Initial Alexander Technique teacher

For a full description of this course, please see www.initial-alexandertechnique.org

Venue

Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen, Co. Galway

Venue details: www.alexander.ie/directions.html

Dates and times

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th November 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm

About Jeando Masoero

Born in 1959, Jeando studied Mathematics and Technology, which generated in him a strong liking for reasoning and solving problems. By 1986, he was running his own communications company, helping French high-tech companies translate scientific concepts into plain ideas ... View full biography

How to book:

Email info@isatt.ie

Cost:

ISATT members: €75.00. Non-members: €120.00

(Booking for non-members starts on the 1st of September, 2017)

Presented by ISATT.

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New training course website

Posted Oct 19th 2016

A new website has just been launched for the Alexander Teacher Training course In Galway. This does not replace www.alexander.ie, but has specific information about the training. Please see www.alexandertechniqueireland.com.

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The Pilot Study to examine the impact of wedge cushions on childrens seated postures

Updated October 19th 2016

Results of the pilot study, carried out from November 2015 to June 2016, are summarised in this pdf report.

Posted November 15th 2015

On Wednesday 4th November 2015, five AT teachers and AT Teacher Trainees, from the Alexander Technique Training College in Moycullen, introduced twenty 4th class primary school pupils from the Claddagh School in Galway City, aged around ten years old, to the use of wedge cushions when seated. The study will examine photographic evidence, children's views and teachers' views on the impact of the use of wedge cushions on seated posture over a 6 month period.

Earlier in the week the children had been asked to write a few sentences about sitting at a desk and whether they found the chair comfortable or uncomfortable. They were also asked to describe what they did to make sitting comfortable. In addition, photographs were taken of the children sitting at their desks working prior to commencing the pilot study.

One hour was spent in the classroom introducing the children to the concept of good posture and poor posture. Prior to the intervention the children were observed by the AT Teachers/Trainees as they completed work seated at their desks and their observations recorded.

The children were then given a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation about how the spine works, how children's posture changes from 5 year olds to teenagers, and how the school chair can contribute to poor posture in teenagers. A model spine was used to show children how rocking on their sitting bones promotes good posture when seated.

The children were then taken in groups of 4 and they were shown how to find their hip joints and their sitting bones and how to rock on the sitting bones to allow the spine to stay long when working at the desk. They were each given a wedge and shown how to correctly position it on the chair. It was also explained to them how the feet placed flat on the floor promotes good posture when using the wedge.

Finally, comments were collected from children about how they felt about the use of the wedges.

It is planned to visit the class again after 8 weeks to review how the wedges are impacting seated posture.

The class teacher will take photographs of children seated in the classroom at intervals over the 8 week period.

For more information about the School Chairs Campaign please see www.alexander.ie/chairscampaign.html.

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Alexander technique helps knee pain caused by osteoarthritis: results of new academic research

Posted Sept 5th 2016

Academics from the University of Salford’s Centre for Health Science Research studied the effect of one-to-one lessons in the Alexander Technique on a group of 21 patients suffering knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.

This pilot study, published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, jointly carried out with the University of Manchester’s Human Pain Research Group based at Salford Royal Hospital and University College London’s Institute of Neurology, found the sessions led to a reduction in damaging knee muscle contractions.

Further information is available at www.salford.ac.uk/news/articles/2016/lessons-in-self-care-method-may-help-osteoarthritis-sufferers.

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Alexander technique helps neck pain: results of new trial

Posted April 11th 2016

Results of research entitled 'Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial' have been published recently. The study concluded that the Alexander Technique led to significant reductions in chronic nonspecific neck pain and associated disability compared with usual care at 12 months.

Full details are available at http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2467961.

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International Alexander Awareness Week, 9-16 October 2017

Posted Sept 30th 2017

International Alexander Awareness Week takes place from the 9th to the 16th of October 2017. There will be events such as workshops and talks in many parts of the country and some teachers will offer concessions on the price of lessons.

Dublin

Tuesday 10th October: 'REST', free lunchtime guided constructive rest session with Fiona Cranwell, Margaret O'Sullivan Farrell and Sara Shepherd, from 12.00 – 2.00pm at Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Drop in and leave in your own time.

Galway

Wednesday 11th October: Open Day/Drop-in at the Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen, Co. Galway from 9.30am - 4.00pm.

Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st October: Change Your Posture, Change Your Life: two-day workshop with Richard Brennan, 10.00am-4.00pm each day. Adult Training and Education Studies, NUIG. To book, contact Berna Morgan at 091 494055

Wednesday 18th October: Launch of new book by Richard Brennan, How to Breathe, in Room 004, Hardiman Research Building, NUIG (beside Archives reading Room) at 5.30pm. Speakers include Richard Brennan, Audrey Corbett, Niall Kelly, Dr. Hugh Melvin and Wolfgang Weiser and Tomás Hardiman. Further details →

Naas, Co. Kildare

Saturday 14th October: The Alexander Technique: Body and Mind in Balance in Daily Living, Workshop with Glenna Batson, McAuley Place, Naas, 1.30-4.30pm. This workshop is nearly booked, so call or email Glenna now! (085) 254-9010 or glenna.batson@gmail.com

Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Monday 9th October: Free talk, 11am-12 noon, at the Aisling Centre, Darling Street, Enniskillen, by Sarah Compton.

Eglish, Co. Tyrone

Thursday 12th October: Workshop in the GAA Club Gym, Eglish, 7 - 8pm. Master the Art of Running with Peter Barker.

Boyle, Co Roscommon

Tuesday 10th October: Lying Down through Stress Morning at clinic in Boyle, 11:30am-2pm by Caroline Martin (Natural Health Therapies). Ring or text 086 8397499 to reserve your place.

Around the country

Offers: see Find a Teacher, to inquire about offers/discounts that your nearest teacher may be offering this week for new students.

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International Alexander Awareness Week, 10th - 16th October 2016

Posted Sept 16th 2016

ISATT is celebrating International Alexander Awareness Week from the 10th to the 16th October, 2016 with events and offers. Check back here, as new events/offers may be uploaded.

Dublin

All Dublins events are FREE - ALL WELCOME. Contact Fiona 087 6503523.

Wednesday 12th October: Free introductory talk on the Alexander Technique with Fiona Cranwell and Margaret O'Sullivan Farrell from 1pm-1:50pm at Rathmines Public Library, Dublin 6. Learn about the aspects of the Alexander work and how it can help you.

Thursday 13th October: Free workshop with Fiona Cranwell, Margaret O'Sullivan Farrell, Sara Shepherd and Maria O'Neill, from 7.45 - 9pm at Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4. Experience and move differently with the help of Alexander Teachers. Useful and practical information about everyday activities.

Friday 14th October: Walk in the Park with Fiona Cranwell at 11am. Natural locomotion explored in nature. Marlay Park, Dublin 16. Applying simple Alexander principles to the act of walking. Meeting at the steps of Marlay House.

Galway

Tuesday 11th October: drop-in session at the Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen, Co. Galway from 2.30pm - 6.30pm. Please indicate your interest in attending at info@alexander.ie.

Wednesday 12th October: drop-in day at The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUIG from 11.00am - 4.30pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Roscommon

Saturday 15th October: Alexander Technique Workshop with Aisling Morgan from 10am-4pm (€50) at Vita House Family Centre, Roscommon. Places are limited so please phone 083 8415525 to book your place or email aislingmorgan1@gmail.com.

Limerick

Monday 17th October: Free workshop with Niall Kelly for Limerick City Active Retirement in St Joseph's Hall, O'Connell Avenue, from 11.00 to 12.00pm.

Westmeath

Saturday 15th October : Introductory Talk on the Alexander Technique to the Athlone Youth Orchestra from 3pm-4pm with Martina Maloney and Caroline Martin.

Around the country

Offers: click on Find a Teacher on this site, to inquire about offers/discounts that your nearest teacher may be offering this week for new students.

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Master the Art of Running Workshops with Malcolm Balk in Galway, August 27th

Posted Aug 9th 2016

RUN FASTER - RUN FURTHER - REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY

With 'Gold Medal Winner' & 'Best-selling Author' Malcolm Balk (www.theartofrunning.com)

Half-Day Workshops for all levels, beginners welcome!

View Full Course Details: www.alextec.net/current-workshops/

Venue: Alexander Technique Training School, Moycullen, Galway.
Cost: € 65-80 (Discounts available)
How to Book: Please contact Michaela Wohlgemuth 087 7556558

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Learn to swim with renowned adult swimming teacher Steven Shaw

Posted May 3rd 2017

Learn to swim with renowned adult swimming teacher Steven Shaw.

Saturday, May 13, Beginner’s Front Crawl, €195
Sunday, May 14, Improving your Front Crawl, €195

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Book both days 10% discount

Renowned swimming teacher, Steven Shaw, is coming to Dublin for the first time. Over the past 25 years Steven has developed a unique method of teaching people to swim with grace and ease by applying the postural work of the Alexander Technique. Steven works with small groups so book early. Further information at www.artofswimming.com or www.shawmethod.com. For further information please download the poster.

For bookings contact
Corinne Fox at corinne.fox@shawmethod.com, +44 7947 398 982
For further information contact
Glenn Treacy at gatreacy@gmail.com, +353 87 203 9881

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Free Alexander technique sessions at NUIG on May 31st

Posted May 19th 2016

For all NUIG Students and Staff! Learn how to deal with long hours of sitting with more ease and less stress! Free Alexander Technique sessions – just drop in!

Date: Tuesday 31st May at 11am – 4pm
Room: Áras na mac Léinn - The View

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International Alexander Technique Convention in Ireland, 2017

Posted December 14th 2015

'AT THE HEART OF THE TECHNIQUE'
Sunday 9th - Saturday 15th April, 2017

We invite all teachers of the Alexander Technique (and trainees) to participate in a gathering designed to frame the original principles of F.M. Alexander within the evolution of contemporary ideas and developments.

This meeting offers the worldwide community of Alexander teachers and trainees the opportunity to enjoy the work of unique teachers of the Alexander Technique as well as to engage in sharing their own knowledge with colleagues from around the globe.

Presenters include Giora Pinkas, Anthony Kingsley, Glen Park, Wolfgang Weiser, Trisha Hemingway, Niall Kelly, Glenna Batson and Richard Brennan.

This is the second Convention, following on from the success of the first, held in March 2013. The Convention will be held at the same venue, the Emmaus Centre, Swords, County Dublin, Ireland.

Registration will open on January 5th, 2016. A discount applies for early registration (before 1st November 2016). Places limited to 120.

Full details are available at www.alexanderconvention.com.

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ISATT Twitter account launched!

Posted November 15th 2015

We invite you to follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AlexTech_ISATT.

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AT Congress special rates

Posted April 13th 2015

In August this year there will a major international Alexander Technique Conference at Limerick University with over 140 presentations. For people who are not Alexander Teachers or trainees there is a special daily rate of €50 if you wish to attend one presentation, or €120 if you wish to attend for a day. Please see www.atcongress.com for details.

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Free Place plus new Non-Residential option for Summer School in Limerick

Posted May 23rd 2014

Due to sponsorship by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), we are able to offer a free place for the Alexander Summer School at Limerick University, 13th - 18th July 2014.

Also a new lower price non-residential option is now available.

This is the first event of its kind in Ireland and promises to be a very special opportunity for immersion in the Alexander Technique, with lots of individual attention from talented Alexander teachers with diverse talents.

Details and registration are available now at www.alexandersummerschool.com.

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ISATT supports School Chairs Campaign

Posted March 21st 2014

ISATT is backing the new school campaign recently set up by the UK-based Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). It recognises that the majority of chairs that are used in school today will cause many children to have poor posture and bad backs later on in life. ISATT, along with STAT, are calling to ban all chairs whose base is sloping backwards.

Please see STAT's campaign page and Richard Brennan's campaign page for further information. Both point to the same petition, which we invite you to sign.

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Alexander Summer School, July 2014 at Limerick University

Posted February 20th 2014

A week-long residential workshop of flow and fun in the University of Limerick will be held from 13th to 18th July 2014 and will address presence, posture and performance. Open to all with an interest in the Alexander Technique.

Details and registration are available now at www.alexandersummerschool.com. A reduced Early Bird registration applies until 30th April.

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Public Workshops around Ireland: Promoting Habit Change with the Alexander Technique in aid of Diabetes Ireland

Posted January 17th 2014

The Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers is happy to announce a series of free introductory talks about the Alexander Technique around the country, in support of Diabetes Ireland.

The principles of the Alexander Technique are fully supportive of the lifestyle changes that diabetics need to implement to protect themselves. These workshops are open to the public and suitable for all. Attendance is free. A voluntary donation can be made at the event to support Diabetes Ireland.

Date County Venue Time Teacher Contact
Fri 24 Jan DUBLIN Oscailt - 8 Pembroke Road, D4 10:15am - 12pm Fiona Cranwell and Masoumeh Melrose 087 6503523
Sat 25 Jan OFFALY Tullamore Public Library 11am - 12pm Martina Maloney 086 3603349
Thur 30 Jan TIPPERARY Quay Arts, Ballina 7 - 9:30pm Penelope Easten 086 3358579
Sat 1 Feb MAYO Westport Library 10.30am - 12:30pm Michaela Wohlgemuth 087 7556558
Mon 3 Feb GALWAY Spiddal Wellness Centre 6 - 7:30pm Fiona Little 087 1301283
Sat 15 Feb OFFALY Edenderry Public Library 11am - 12pm Martina Maloney 086 3603349
Wed 19 Feb DUBLIN TBC 7 - 9pm Fiona Cranwell 087 6503523
Thur 27 Feb CLARE Inn @ Dromoland, nr Ennis 7 - 9:30pm Penelope Easten 086 3358579
Wed 19 Mar DUBLIN TBC 7 - 9pm Fiona Cranwell 087 6503523
Wed 5 Mar GALWAY Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen 2:30 - 4pm Richard Brennan 01 296 1205
Wed 12 Mar GALWAY Westside Library 6 - 7:30pm Fiona Little 087 1301283
Sat 15 Mar MAYO Cúram Family Centre, Claremorris 10:30am - 10:30pm Michaela Wohlgemuth 087 7556558
Mon 7 Apr CORK Alexander Technique Studio 6 - 7pm (booking necessary) Véronique Druesne 087 9761668
Mon 7 Apr DUBLIN TBC 7 - 9pm Fiona Cranwell 087 6503523
Sat 10 May DUBLIN TBC 10:30am - 12:30pm Fiona Cranwell 087 6503523
Sat 7 June MAYO Castlebar, Lough Lannagh Centre 10:30am - 12:30pm Michaela Wohlgemuth 087 7556558

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10th International Alexander Technique Congress: Registration Now Open

Posted January 1st 2014

The Alexander Technique 10th International Congress 2015 will be in Ireland for the first time, and promises to be very special. Registration is now open and there are various options to stage payments and an early registration rate. See www.atcongress.com

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Alexander Technique Book Launch in Dublin in March 2014

Posted December 18th 2013

Back In Balance by Richard Brennan: Book Launch in Dublin on Friday 28th March 2014. Details →

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New Book about the Alexander Technique by ISATT member

Posted September 18th 2013

New book for back sufferers by Richard Brennan: Back In Balance, featured in the Irish Times, 17th Sept 2013: Change your posture and you may never look back.

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STAT now support School Chairs Campaign

Posted August 13th 2013

STAT now support school chairs campaign, and have launched their own petition: Info →

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Computer Games and Spine Damage to Young People

Posted August 13th 2013

In response to the Irish Times headline article, 12/08/13: Warning of spine damage to young from computer games, a letter from ISATT was published in the same newspaper on 19/08/13: A pain in the back for teenagers

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Benefits of the Alexander Technique to Older People

Posted April 3rd 2013

Irish Times interview with Glenna Batson, 2/4/2013: AT helps poise and balance in older people

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