BODY MAPPING: A Course in Practical Anatomy
Dates to be confirmed
at the School for F.M. Alexander Studies
We will be doing 10 sessions from the" Body Mapping Manual" over eight sessions.
The Manual which sells for $35 is included as part of the course fee.
The program for each day will be as follows:
9.00 - 10.00am Each participant will receive a 15-20 minute private Alexander lesson with a teacher
10.00 - 11.00am Body Mapping - lecture and practical explorations
Introduction to Body Mapping
Beginning to explore our Body Map
The Atlanto-Occipital Joint & the Primary Control
The Spine and Whole-Body Balance
The boney structures of respiration: Ribs and Spine
The Organs of Respiration: Lungs
The Muscles of Respiration: Intercostals, Diaphragm, Abdominal Wall and Pelvic Floor
Mapping our language
The Boney structure of the Upper Arm: Clavicle Scapula, Humerus and Joints
The Boney structure of the Upper Arm: Scapula
The Boney structure of the Upper Arm: Humerus
Elbow and Forearm bones
Putting it all together: The Whole Arm
Overview of the Leg
Hip Joint and Upper Leg
Lower Leg and Ankle
Putting it all together: Footwear, Standing and Walking
Balance is Posture, Posture is Balance: Re-mapping
The Forgotten Senses: Kinesthesia and Proprioception
An Obstacle: Faulty Sensory Appreciation
Muscles Types and Imbalances
Reflexes and restoration of muscular imbalance
Mapping Muscles to understand and address specific mis-use
Structures of the Skull: Cranium, Jaw, Tongue
The Upper Spine and Internal Structures
Review of respiration and connection to phonation
Putting it together: mapping the spatial relationships of head and neck structures
Internal Organs, Superficial Musculature and Referred Pain: an overview
A New Map of You: Re-drawing and reviewing your Body Map
Practical applications to workplace and other activities
A review of Body Mapping processes and conclusions
PRE-SESSION STUDY REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
BEFORE Sessions 2-8, you will be required to READ and COMPLETE this Study Manual including any note writing, drawing and explorations (where possible).
During the face-to-face session time there will be an opportunity to discuss the material in the Study Manual and ask questions on any aspects that were not clear.
The bulk of the face-to-face session time will then be devoted to more open experiential Body Mapping and Alexander Technique work as a large group.
For those undertaking the full teacher training course as well as guests, working on the Body Mapping Study Manual using the free time in the first hour when you are not having a private lesson, going through the detailed practical explorations described outlined in the manual would be an ideal way to spend that free time. du. } DISCUSS points may be good starting points for conversations with fellow trainees.
In order to be awarded a certificate of completion for the Body Mapping unit you should complete the exercises in the manual. In addition there will be a short written exam.
Throughout this manual anatomical names i.e. clavicles are used primarily with common terms i.e. collarbones sometimes given in brackets. It is assumed learners undertaking this unit have prior knowledge of structural anatomy or are currently studying anatomy.
The Anatomy Colouring Book (Kapit W., Elson L.M., USA, Benjamin Cummings Publishers, 2002.) – for those who are still consolidating their structural anatomy knowledge
Anatomy of Movement (Calais-Germain, Blandine. Seattle, Eastland Press, 1999.)
Anatomy of the Moving Body: A Basic Course in Bones, Muscles and Joints (Dimon, Theodore Jr. California, North Atlantic Books, 2008.)
Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design (Dimon, Theodore Jr. California, North Atlantic Books 2011)
Use of the Self (Alexander, F.M., (1931) Orion, UK, 2001)
Alexander F.M: Use of the Self, Orion, London, 2002 The first chapter of this book describes the development of the technique and outlines the steps anyone using the technique will go through. It's very cheap to buy and we highly recommend that you do this prior to the start of the course.