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Practical Workshop on the Alexander Technique and tour of the Textile Conservation Studio, British Library

Icon Textiles Group

From: Thursday 02.11.17
at 1:30pm
To: Thursday 02.11.17
at 5:00pm

Foyle Centre, British Library

Event description: 


Foyle Centre, British Library
Thursday, 2nd November, 1.30pm - 5.00pm

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Tour of Conservation Studio with Liz Rose, Textile Conservator
3.00pm - 5.00pm - Alexander Technique Workshop with Victoria Walsh

People often believe that aches and pains are an inevitable consequence of our busy lives and the jobs we do. However, this does not have to be the case. By understanding and improving how we use our body we can decrease stiffness, release tension and lower the risk of injury. The Alexander Technique teaches people how to improve the way they move in order to lower tension, improve alignment of the body and avoid damaging patterns of movement. The Technique is commonly used to reduce pain in the neck, back and shoulders, to help deal with stress and to improve ability in sport and performance.
This workshop will explore the principles of the Technique with a focus on practical exercises to help attendees understand their particular patterns of movement and learn to move in a more relaxed and aligned manner. Topics will include spinal alignment, breathing, and releasing tension with "constructive rest."

These lessons will be applied to practical conservation work, which is often done with the hands and arms and can contribute to back and shoulder tension. All participants will receive one-to-one guidance from the teachers and have an opportunity to discuss their particular concerns.

Workshop participants should bring a few paperback books of different thicknesses to create an adjustable headrest, and a yoga mat.

Victoria Walsh is an Alexander Technique teacher based in London who runs a private practice and works with musicians at the Royal Academy of Music and horse riders in multiple locations around London. Assisting Victoria will be Kate Fun, also teaching the Alexander Technique in London and working as a vocal performer and teacher.

Standard: £35 (plus booking fee)
Icon Member: £25 (plus booking fee)

The workshop is limited to 12 participants to ensure a high level of individual attention.

Image: Detail from textile in the British Museum collection, 2015 (Michael Nelles).