Pain Science for AT Teachers

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Modern Pain Science Tailored for the Alexander Technique

Many clients come to the AT with pain issues. And often the AT can be helpful. But there are many unanswered questions:

What causes chronic pain anyway? What are the common misconceptions about pain? How does the AT help? Are there ways of teaching that can help our clients in pain and improve their learning of the AT? How does chronic pain change the nervous system? What should we say to clients and doctors about pain?  When should we refer out, and to whom? There are many more questions…

There is no formal training about pain in the AT, but we think it can be invaluable. This webinar aims to be that class. In the past few decades the science of pain has changed. Modern pain science is much more relevant for us than it used to be. Understanding the significant advances in pain science can help to develop optimal strategies for working with the unique challenges of a person with persistent pain. 

In this webinar we systematically approach modern pain science in a way that is specifically tailored to AT teachers. It is taught by two AT teacher-scientists who have a lived experience of chronic pain. We’ll delve into the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to pain in a systematic way that looks at the whole picture. We’ll focus discussions on how Alexander Technique relates to a modern understanding of pain science as well as pain management and recovery. We will look at how emerging interventions are treating pain with greater success and highlight the unique contributions the AT brings. And we will address as many of those pertinent unanswered questions as possible.

Course details:

Dates and times:

  • Nov. 6 – Dec. 11
  • 6 Live sessions on Mondays at 7-8:30 pm GMT, London (2-3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, USA) 

This 6-week course includes:

  • 9 hours of live class time involving instruction, discussion and Q&A
  • Pre-recorded video lectures
  • Live classes will be recorded, so if you miss something you can access the recording.
  • Prompts for reflection and contemplation relating AT to pain science
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Case examples to apply your learning
  • Optional reading recommendations
  • Copies of the lecture slides and other handouts
  • On completion of the course you’ll receive a course completion certificate (counts toward AmSAT CE credit).

What you’ll learn:

  • What pain is and how it works (including the neuroscience of pain)
  • What causes persistent pain 
  • What changes when pain persists 
  • How pain impacts a person’s life
  • How posture relates to pain
  • How your knowledge, beliefs and advice impact a student’s pain
  • How cutting edge interventions address pain
  • Best practices in addressing persistent pain

Some questions we will address:

  • How does the AT decrease pain?
  • How does the AT relate to a modern understanding of pain?
  • Is chronic pain a disease in its own right?
  • What are some common misconceptions about pain?
  • What do current cutting edge interventions do for pain?
  • What do the studies on AT and pain mean?
  • Are there ways we can be more effective working with people with pain?
  • How can you incorporate a better understanding of pain in your teaching?
  • When should you refer a student to another discipline?

Who should take this course: This course is directed toward Alexander Technique teachers and trainees. If you work with people dealing with pain, if you deal with persistent pain, or if you’re curious to learn more, this course is for you. This course will complement the main AT Science Fundamentals course; however the pain course is self contained and does not require any prerequisites or scientific knowledge. We are excited about offering this course together – the comprehensive format allows us to go much more in depth than our previous pain seminars. 

Time investment: Please expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on the course material outside of live classes.

Your course instructors: Full bios available here 

Tim Cacciatore, PhD, MSTAT is an expert in the neuroscience of postural tone and its relationship with movement coordination. His two decades of research and numerous peer-reviewed publications about the Alexander Technique makes him a leading expert on how the Alexander Technique works from a scientific perspective. He currently collaborates with Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho, Moscow.

Mari Hodges, TPS, M.AmSAT, M. AAPTA is a pain coach and pain educator. She has trained as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist at Purdue University, and in November 2023 expects to complete her Master of Science in Medicine in Pain Management from the University of Sydney, a world-leader in pain science. 

Registration: This time only we will be offering an initial launch discount early bird rate of half off when you register before October 23. Limited to 30 places.

  • Early bird rate before Oct. 23 – £122 (approx €141, $149)
  • Full rate from Oct. 23 – £245 (approx €283, $299)

For more information, contact us at: info@alexandertechniquescience.com