For Pain Science for AT Teachers:

This is a fascinating course and I would say essential for Alexander Teachers wanting to get an up to date insight into pain and how the technique can help. It’s so good to have the bio psychosocial model of pain explained in such detail. There is a lot of information to take in and digest but all really important to understand and to keep learning about our bodies and how they work. – Caroline Sears

I can’t recommend this course more highly. So much thought and effort has gone into creating an accessible introduction to such wide ranging subject matter. Best of all, they provide plenty of pointers if you’re wanting to explore further. Tim and Mari’s warmth and enthusiasm for the material, and for sharing their knowledge, made engaging what could otherwise have been a very arid journey. Now I’ve finished the course, I know I’ll miss the weekly sessions; even though that means no more getting up at 5.30am! – Simon Fitzgibbon

I would highly recommend the course “Pain Science for AT teachers” to all AT teachers. It beautifully and empathically bridges the gap between AT and pain science, and contributes to explaining how AT works in relation to pain. I think this course should be offered on all teaching training courses. The terminology is a bit of a challenge for those of us without a science background, but a very helpful glossary of terminology is provided. – Anonymous

This has been a very necessary and wonderful course for me both personally and as an AT teacher. I have learned so much, which is invaluable for me on account of my own pain journey but will also be very beneficial in enlightening my teaching. It resonates with me on account of my chronic back and neck pain history but also while doing this course I received a diagnosis of hip OA. Only for the valuable education into pain I’ve learned, I think I’d have gone into a tailspin! So, THANK YOU! – Margaret Maher

I think, this is very valuable material and I would wish that more people get access to it so a general change in thinking can start. – J.S.

This course covers vital information on persistent pain that every Alexander teacher should understand. It brings our profession up to date with a significant paradigm shift in pain science that has taken place in recent years. The course provides valuable insights into the drivers and processes involved in chronic pain, and the most effective strategies for addressing it. The presenters explore the reasons why the Alexander Technique can help people in pain, revealing the huge potential the technique has to be part of an effective multidisciplinary approach to pain management and recovery. Mari and Tim have done an amazing job of consolidating and presenting an enormous wealth of material in a format that is engaging, understandable and enjoyable. Highly recommended!– Loretta Manson

I really enjoyed the course and learnt a great deal from it. I like the way it was organized – videos, then quizzes then applying the knowledge gained to my practice. It was also good to have weekly live sessions with a quick review and time to ask questions. Perhaps more importantly though it was having great confidence in the expertise of Tim and Mari. – Bridget Barr

This course has surpassed my expectations. I´ve learned a lot, and I can approach the needs of my students with a lot more knowledge and empathy. Thank you. -Laura Ossanna

This course was excellent. Thanks to Mari and Tim for organizing the technical content in a way that was easy to understand. I liked the specific, easy-to-understand explanations about how feeling pain is a different dimension than having organic damage to the body. I know that some of our students focus more on pain and some focus more on what is helpful to the body than on pain, but each of these objectives helps me as an AT teacher to think specifically about what I can and cannot do to help the students in front of me. It also made me think about preconceived notions I had about the effects of AT; I have long felt that there may be a variety of nonspecific effects of AT lessons, but the way you organized and explained them based on prior research was also very excellent. – Etsuko Yasukawa

This was a thoroughly enlightening course. A complex subject delivered clearly and concisely, designed to lead you to new and interesting knowledge in a very accessible way. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the current scientific understanding of the process of the pain experience. – Maria O’Neill

Feeling really fortunate to have had the opportunity to join. This online course was a mind-opener and a wonderful experience: Hodges and Cacciatore delivered profoundly helpful insights about what pain is and what it is not, and how we can change our pain experience, for instance with the Alexander Technique. Beyond the great content, the course design was perfect: useful homework and materials, an intense but good learning pace, quizzes to help us check our understanding of the material along the way, and the opportunity to exchange with other AT teachers in small groups in the live sessions. Absolutely worth the money and the (significant amount of) time! – Céline Dedaj

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Mari and Tim’s excitement for the material as well as their expertise as Alexander Teachers made for engaging lectures, lively discussions and reflection on how we can use the course information to inform and deepen our teaching. – N. Brooke Lieb

I highly recommend this course to all teachers who want to practice and communicate with people on a more scientific basis about the Alexander Technique! Even a non-native English speaker like me can learn a lot of objective information and knowledge in a very warm and accepting way. – Sujin Park

I highly recommend this class. I think it is relevant for trainees, new and experienced teachers. – Anonymous

A very inspiring subject and very well presented. I got more ideas how to teach people with chronic pain and how to explain, what AT can do for them. – Ariane Hesse

Be prepared to enlarge the lens through which you view your understanding and implementation of the Alexander Technique with this course. A must for all Alexander Teacher Training Programs. – Marta Hunter

I am very happy to have followed this course on Pain and the Alexander Technique. Now my previous experience and intuitions are supported by new knowledge which allows me to deal with more confidence with clients in pain. – Athanase Vettas 

This course has been helpful in understanding and managing my own pain and that of my students. It gives a different perspective on what pain is. I recommend this course for anyone who wants to understand how the Alexander Technique can help with chronic pain. – MSL

This course has been fantastic and perhaps is the missing link we all needed to help Alexander Technique stand as a credible holistic way of addressing all types of pain. Rather than solely being of service to actors, musicians and sometimes helping back and neck pain, there may have been a misunderstanding that AT is only helpful in addressing structural, physical, musculo-skeletal related pain. The biopyschosocial information is incredibly helpful in this regard. Thank you so much for such a comprehensive course with the up-to-date modern science and current language we need to place ourselves in the health and wellbeing sector. – Angela Bradshaw

I can’t recommend this course and highly enough! It’s such an incredibly useful and enlightening course, and the information imparted is so important that I feel it should become a compulsory component on AT teacher training courses. We are very lucky that we have people like Mari and Tim working so hard to engage with and educate their AT colleagues, and I feel their work is going to play an important role in bringing the AT into the arena of more mainstream interventions for both painful and non-painful conditions alike.- Sara W 

People who come to learn AT very often do so because of chronic pain and I now feel prepared to understand their dilemma and to be able to talk about how AT might help in their individual circumstances. I feel confident to talk to people about their experience of pain, have more empathy and know how to explain the technique with reference to some of the latest trials and research. I am grateful that Tim and Mari have taken the time to put together and offer this course. I found them both warm and knowledgeable. It is evident how enthusiastic they are about the potential that AT has to help with pain. – Julie

Enjoyable, accessible, stimulating course. Lots of useful information for the 21st century human. – Katherine Mitchell

I’m a first year teacher, so there’s not much experience behind my knowledge at this point, but I find the fact that there is science behind the Technique a help to my teaching. It makes this work (which has seemed like magic to some) much more concrete and accessible. – Judy

Tim’s and Mari’s webinar is substantive, well cited, organized, thoughtful, compassionate, and illuminating. The implications for the practice and teaching of the Alexander Technique are as profound as they are practical. Take this course— for the sake of your students, and yourselves. – Nanette Walsh  

If you are ready to invest a little time during 8 weeks, the course is very rewarding. Tim and Mari gave a lot of interesting material, it was very well presented and every week we were asked to think about different questions, which we then shared; so the interaction with the other participants was part of the course and very enriching. – A.M.

The Pain Science Course for AT Teachers gave me a deeper & broader understanding of the pain experience, both for myself & my students. As part of my ongoing education & development as an Alexander Technique Teacher it was of immense value & the course would be well worth considering as a trainee teacher.- Tessa Viotti

I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It is full of up-to-date information and is structured in a way that supports learning and encourages discussion. I came away with a much greater understanding about pain and with lots of ideas about how to use this in my Alexander Technique teaching. Tim and Mari have an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in this area and both are excellent teachers. Thank you both very much. – Lesley Glover

The Pain Science for AT teachers course was well presented and enjoyable. The information is highly relevant, sometimes surprising and quite revolutionary with regards to our understanding of how pain happens, how it can be managed and potentially reduced, and how the person can be assisted towards better functioning. I highly recommend this course.- Greg Holdaway

I was greatly impressed with the thoughtfulness and care Tim and Mari put into developing this course. I learned a tremendous amount about current Pain Science that I have already been able to apply in my private teaching. I would highly recommend it both to Alexander Technique teachers and to A.T. teacher training programs. – Joan Frost (former Director of Teacher Certification for the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City

I really appreciated this course and the balance of technical and practical information presented. Tim and Mari communicated a current body of knowledge in a clear way that reflected the human aspects of pain science and the whole individual. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to consider this subject from a teaching perspective and appreciate that Alexander Technique practitioners are in a unique position to interact and work with those who are personally impacted by pain on their path to recovery. – Lauren McKeage

As an AT teacher you will likely have students who will come to you for relief of pain. This course will give you a vocabulary to address their issues and give them hope.- Clare Robert

Video Testimonials for AT Science Fundamentals:

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Judith Stern

Paolo Frigoli

Lauren Hill

Written Testimonials

My teaching has absolutely gained strength and clarity now that I have a plausible explanation of how it works from a scientific perspective. I’ve been searching for this sort of clarity since becoming a teacher 20 years ago. Now that I have an arsenal of information that feels respectable and logical, I feel much freer to tap into my creativity and draw from my experiences of teaching in applying the work. On top of all that, I feel much more confident that the AT really works, probably for anyone who’s willing to give it a genuine try!

Emily Faulkner, AT teacher, NYC USA

There are so many reasons for my gratitude for your scientific work and your brilliant support for the AT Community. If you can educate more of our community we can share our work with more confidence and clarity. This course creates an opportunity to connect with others in the medical sciences , opening the door to understanding the many clinical applications for the AT. Debby Caplan and I dreamed of this possibility in 1985 … Now it is a reality.

Judith Stern, AT teacher, NY, USA

Thank you for the course. My suggestion is that it be required in all Alexander Technique teacher training courses.

Ellen Bierhorst, PhD, Alexander technique teacher, USA

I have a deep gratitude for this course. It is clearly the result of focused and ongoing research and thinking on the part of Tim Cacciatore and Patrick Johnson. (and their other research colleagues). They have obviously taken great care in finding language and a presentational form that makes it possible for all of us, Alexander Technique teachers (scientifically oriented or not), to grasp these very important ways of looking at psychomotor education. They are warm and welcoming. They are helping build our professional bridge to the scientific community and they are helping us clear up unwitting assumptions and definitions. We will all be better teachers as a result of this huge effort. And they have begun the opening of our work to the scientific community and the world at large.

Sarah Barker, AT teacher, South Carolina

Wow, we covered so much. It is a wonderful course. I always knew AT worked but now feel even more confident as it is backed by such thoroughly researched science. I particularly enjoyed the section on Body Schema. We do we end and other people and things begin, fascinating!

Eileen Munir, AT teacher

Thank you so much! I really enjoyed this [webinar]! I found it challenging in a great way. It clarified much of my thinking around postural tone, stiffness, matching, inhibition, stress and more and I was able to immediately use those ideas with my students.

Eve Bernfeld, AT teacher, Portland Oregon

A very stimulating, educational, and  well structured program. The recorded video presentations are particularly valuable as Patrick and Timothy have thoroughly absorbed the  research papers relevant to the AT and are able to give us the essential information in a clear and lively format. Highly recommended to learn the up to date scientific picture.

John Nicholls, Senior AT teacher, England

Much gratitude to Patrick and Tim for offering such a stellar class. So well done. As a bonus – I could feel my posture shifting for the better just by our online discussions affecting my thinking and use.

Dr. Julie Pauls, AT Teacher, Physical Therapist Texas USA

I love the physiological intricacies of the body but I’m not scientifically-minded (more artistic) however you both led us with clarity & ease through the material over the 7 weeks. It has given me an amazing reference of understanding to work with. The sharing & discussions with everyone has broadened my thinking & will keep me open to more in the future. This is the side of science that I love…the enquiring mind that scientists continually work with, the questions seeking answers & the humility to say ‘we don’t know’. This is worth learning as an approach! The one thing that is absolutely clear for me after doing the AT Science course is that the program ought to be included in training courses so that we are all on the same page when it comes to certain fundamental concepts. This will serve both the unity & spread of our work.

Tessa Viotti, AT teacher, Italy

Thanks again for the course. I wish it was mandatory training for all new teachers.

Candace Cox, AT teacher, Castleton, Ontario

It’s always helpful to see that “things” are not as simple as they can appear. Thanks for a wonderful webinar and very very helpful insights into the reality of what we are doing!

Bob Britton, AT teacher and teacher trainer, CA USA

Many Thanks Tim to you and Patrick for this excellent series of webinars- I’ve learnt a huge amount and feel I and my pupils will benefit enormously from this clarification on the science of AT.

Angelea Bradshaw, AT teacher, England

Their 7-week course was very enlightening and has changed the way I talk about the AT to my pupils and the public at large.  The course materials are easily laid out, with plenty of time to work at things at your own pace to prepare yourself to get the best out of the live sessions.

Andrea Walsh, AT teacher, U.K.

I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and very much appreciate the work that you, Patrick and others are engaged in for the benefit of the AT. The webinar was very rich in new information and opened up more scientifically reliable possibilities of how to think about what might go on in teaching/learning the AT. I found it interesting and it often confirmed my experience and hunches I have about how the AT works. It will continue to inform my work on myself and my teaching. In particular I like your model about body schema and how the AT might work.

Dorothea Magonet, Senior AT teacher, England

The AT Science webinars are very stimulating, enjoyable and focused. The language used created for me a connection between what my hands can do and how I can communicate the process more objectively to myself and to others. The discussions were lively, interesting and very well managed. It has been an uplifting experience to explore and examine the Alexander Technique with the logic of scientific research.

Gerda Druks-Kok, Senior AT teacher, England

Thank you to Tim and Patrick for such a well organized and informative series! You have given me useful new learning and a great deal of clarification that I will carry forward into both my AT and other academic courses here at a Pomona. With deep appreciation and well-wishes to you both.

Meg Jolly, AT teacher, California USA

This webinar has been fantastic! You both have been very generous to share all of this information and your time with us. This has certainly helped with my communication to my medical doctor students and my way of understanding how the Directions and thinking really might work instead of just guessing from my own experience. I think this work with science will bring a lot of Alexander people together and we will feel less isolated with some common understanding and ground. I feel like you are doing a big favor to the Alexander community and helping to keep the tradition alive by preventing us from using outdated concepts and not shying away from addressing the benefits that people pay us for i.e posture.

Suzanne Powell, AT teacher, Albuquerque New Mexico

The AT Science Webinar led me to better understand the physiological processes involved in applying the Alexander Technique and to reconsider its theoretical assumptions. Tim and Patrick wisely take you through a path of critical review of what are considered the scientific aspects of the Alexander Technique and invite you to rethink the meaning of its fundamental concepts. The space dedicated to reflection and discussion allows you to connect current scientific knowledge with the subjective experience of the Technique and with the pedagogical aspects of its teaching and learning. This course makes an important contribution to the cultural growth, both individual and collective, of our profession. I highly recommend it to any teacher who cares about their work.

Paolo Frigoli, Director of the Alexander Technique Academy. Coccaglio Italy

I flew out from Minnesota to NYC to take Patrick and Tim’s live workshop last May and it was so worth it. They are excellent presenters and make the information engaging and easily understandable. Science evolves and we need to stay up to date. If you are an Alexander Teacher or trainee I can’t think of a better investment of your time and money than their workshop.

Lauren Hill, AT teacher, Minnesota USA

Patrick Johnson’s and Tim Cacciatore’s live workshop is a much needed update on the science of the Alexander Technique; up to date research on the Technique, and on relevant research. In the process the workshop provides a re-evaluation of outdated scientific information which is still dominating Alexander Technique literature.

Jean Fischer, AT teacher and teacher trainer, founder of Mouritz Press, Graz Austria

I found each segment to be filled with aha moments that helped me put in a wider context and piece together the many parts of the puzzle that is the Alexander Technique. For me personally, this webinar went a long way in solving that problem.  I think our profession would be better communicators and better off if we all had the opportunity to take Tim’s and Patrick’s webinar on the Alexander Technique and Science. Highly recommended!

Russell Scheinberg, AT teacher in training, Portland Oregon

Need to clean up your Alexander jargon? Consider yourself a myth buster? Take this workshop, it’s delightfully engaging while sharpening your verbal and conceptual teaching skills.

Kathryn Miranda, AT teacher, Syracuse NY

I have attended several of Patrick and Tim’s workshops about contemporary science and the Alexander Technique at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London and found them extremely interesting.  The workshops were not only informative and thought-provoking, but also fun and engaging as we did several simple experiments together and were encouraged to ask questions throughout. I highly recommend Patrick and Tim’s work to all trainees and teachers.

Regina Stratil, AT teacher,  Graz Austria

Their enthusiasm and generosity in sharing their knowledge is a benefit to the Alexander community, and we warmly recommend their presentation to any Alexander teacher interested in what current research has to offer us.

Stuart Gutman & Emi Argemí, Directors of Tècnica Alexander Terrassa Teach Training (Barcelona)

Dr. Cacciatore is the single living scientist who has contributed the most to a scientific understanding of the neurological underpinnings of the Alexander Technique. Dr. Johnson is a respected and highly cited physicist. Between them, they offer a depth and breadth of expertise surpassing any other public offerings on the topic.

Rajal Cohen, Ph.D., M.AmSAT, Associate Professor and Director of Mind in Movement Lab at the University of Idaho, USA