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BODY MAPPING: A Course in Practical Anatomy

Dates to be confirmed

at the School for F.M. Alexander Studies

FEES: $690

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

The Wrist

The Hand

Putting it all together: The Whole Arm


Overview of the Leg

The Pelvis

Hip Joint and Upper Leg

The Knee

Lower Leg and Ankle

The Foot

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


Muscle Function

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



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. 

Recommended Reading 


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.

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