embodied learning offerings:
- Alexander Technique one-on-one lessons for children, adolescents and adults
- Alexander Technique with executive functions coaching
- Mindfulness practices of meditation and awareness of posture and learning
- Wellness at Work for businesses, non-profits and schools
What is embodied learning?
Embodied learning describes that learning is physical and perceptual. Our thinking relies upon our senses as much as on our formal logic. Learning entails more than textual understanding–what we sense, perceive and feel are essential in interpreting and integrating information. Through embodiment we can engage people of all learning styles and ages, including students with resistances or learning differences within traditional academic structures. Embodied learning is multi-dimensional and teaches learners how to maximize their whole-bodied learning potential in the classroom and in life. By being the “the boss of their bodies” students can take the reigns of how they learn, incorporating awareness into every step of their journey.
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique, is a re-education method that brings mindfulness, ease and connectivity to everyday movement. Not only does it improve posture and physical efficiency, the technique is a powerful learning tool to maximize one’s ability for awareness and reflection for adaptive, self-sufficiency in learning.
How does the Alexander Technique relate to academic learning?
The Alexander Technique teaches students how to become embodied learners by bringing agency to their academic approach. Using the body as a barometer, students learn how to gauge their focus, attention and particular learning needs. For example, we have found that anxious test-takers benefit from releasing tension and connecting more to their breath (utilizing the principles of the Alexander Technique). Another example: a student who is exhausted during class lectures, is often collapsed and creating inefficient strain (which leads to more tiredness). By learning how the mechanisms of the body work together to create opposition and spring through the joints, students have a greater degree of agency in dealing with stimuli. As learners become more aware of how habitual patterns contribute to learning inefficiency, they have more agency (choice, opportunity, engagement, freedom) to maximize their learning potential. For more information about the Alexander Technique read this article. This video explains how the technique has been used successfully in schools in the UK.
The bodyLITERATE has years of experience working with children, adolescents and teenagers with scoliosis, and sensory processing issues, helping them manage their condition as well as developing an empowered sense of their bodies and greater confidence. Read this helpful article about scoliosis, this helpful page on sensory processing disorders, and how the Alexander Technique is a practice of mindfulness to learn more.
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What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique for Children, Adolescents and Teenagers with Scoliosis
The Alexander Technique and sensory processing disorders/issues for teenagers and adolescents
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