Alexander Technique Centre Ireland Newsletter, January 2014

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Happy New Year, and welcome to the January 2014 edition of the newsletter. We hope you enjoy it! A special welcome if you are new to the Alexander Technique mailing list. You will be sent an e-newsletter about 3-4 times a year.

The way you do anything is the way you do everything.  — Tom Waits

Featured in this issue:

Dublin Launch of New Book for Back Pain Sufferers by Richard Brennan

Galway launch of Back in Balance by Richard Brennan, Oct 2013

Back in Balance was first launched in Galway at Charlie Byrnes bookshop on 3rd October 2013. Many thanks for all those who attended and a special thanks to Tomas Hardiman who organised and spoke at the evening so well.

There will be another launch in Dublin at the Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin, on March 28th 2014 at 7pm. There will be talks and refreshments available. All welcome.

Galway launch of Back in Balance by Richard Brennan, Oct 2013

About the Book

This practical life-changing book offers simple awareness exercises to alleviate neck and back pain and suggests effective ways to avoid suffering by making small lifestyle changes. Back pain has now reached epidemic proportions with millions of people across the globe experiencing severe muscular pain – in fact, over 4 million people input 'lower back pain' into Google every month.

Cover of Back in Balance by Richard Brennan

Many are suffering unnecessarily, as the root cause of their pain stems primarily from poor postural habits while performing everyday actions. But help is at hand with Back in Balance, an easy-to-understand practical book designed to help readers discover the cause of their own individual back problem and offer them an effective and lasting solution to their suffering. This essential guide draws on many of the principles of the Alexander Technique, a practical way of releasing muscular tension throughout the body.

Helping you to discover how your posture and movements may be having a detrimental effect on your health, this guide offers simple but effective ways of reducing muscular tension and stress on the bones and joints – and making your life pain free.

Published by Watkins Publishing. Available in all good bookshops or you can order here:

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Special Offer: Free Alexander Technique MP3 with every book order

Alexander Technique self-help MP3 by Richard Brennan

Up to April 1st 2014 we are giving away a free MP3 with every book you order (worth €6.90). To redeem this offer please go to, choose and order a book, then send an email to quoting your order no and a free mp3 will be sent to you by email. This MP3 is the perfect accompaniment to any of the Alexander Technique books. It lasts for 40 minutes and talks you through a simple procedure that helps you let go of unwanted muscle tension. This will improve your breathing and posture, and in turn can prevent or relieve backache, neck-ache, headaches and stress. Designed to be used over and over again, benefiting you each time it is played.

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New Alexander Technique Congress 2015 Website Launched - Registration Now Open

International Alexander Technique Congress 2015 in Ireland

The new website for the International Congress of the Alexander Technique is now available This event will be held in the University of Limerick from the 9th to 15th August 2015. There is an impressive line-up of Alexander Technique activities and an all-inclusive entertainment programme on offer and this Congress is significantly more affordable than the previous two Congresses held in Lugano. Whilst it might seem a long time away, there are several payment options including Early Bird, 18 month and 12 month payment plans and so do check this out to find out what works best for you. The Super Early discount applies before 28 Feb 2014.

The Congress warmly welcomes experienced and new teachers alike as well as students on training courses and those who simply have enjoyed group or individual lessons and wish to know more. The International Congresses are a forum for workshops and presentations which bring teachers together to exchange work, knowledge, and experiences of the Technique. They have been running every few years since 1986.

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Week long International Alexander Summer School, Limerick University, July 13-18 2014

International Alexander Summer School, Limerick, Ireland, summer 2014

Now is a great time to decide to protect your future. In these increasingly demanding times, keeping ahead of the pressure was never more important. The summer school focuses on managing stress and improving performance and movement. It will prove invaluable in all aspects of your life. Voice, breathing, public speaking and presentations, walking, running and swimming are all in the mix as are driving, working on computers and laptops. We can tailor the programme to meet your specific needs. In this week long residential course, learning and fun will be mixed in balanced proportion. People from all over the world will come together to improve posture and awareness with the help of an expert team of Alexander teachers.

Further information: Niall Kelly + 353 (0)86 2438028, email Registration will shortly be announced on &

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School Chairs Campaign News

Child slumped over school desk

We are delighted that the Society of Alexander teachers (STAT) have started their own campaign to improve furniture for school children. The Alexander Technique Centre is joining forces with them to bring this issue to The European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

This campaign really needs your support! Please sign the STAT petition here even if you signed the previous petition. Thank you! You can keep up-to-date with news about this campaign here.

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Musicians' and singers' workshop with Vivien Mackie (Scotland), 11th-13th February 2014

Vivien Mackie, Alexander Technique Teacher and cellist

Vivien is a cellist who had the rare good fortune to study extensively with the famous cellist and teacher-extraordinary Pablo Casals. The exciting parallels between his teaching and that of F.M. Alexander led her to train with Walter Carrington from 1970-73.

Later on, singing lessons with Angela Caine, and collaboration with her in workshops, opened up a whole new field of discovery.

She draws on her learning from these three remarkable teachers in her work today, and on what she learned from the three year Alexander Training Course she ran in Australia whose students were all musicians.

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th February 2014
Times: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Cost: €195 for three days or €75 for one day
Suitable for: Any musicians who have been involved in the Alexander Technique.
To Book: Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email

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Training Course News

Informal group at Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

Ever thought of becoming an Alexander teacher? To find out more about this very rewarding career please go to


There is one place available on the Alexander Technique Training Course, starting in January, and two places in April. You can apply for either term anytime.

Visiting the Training Course

Although primarily the Training Course is for those who wish to train to become Alexander Technique teachers, we do welcome those who wish to visit for a day, a week or even a whole term to improve their own understanding of the Technique. Anyone who is thinking of training to be a teacher is welcome to visit during the Open Week or any other week by arrangement. For further information see or contact the Centre on 091 555800.


Spring 2014

Start and end of term: Tuesday 7th January – Thursday 27th March
Mid-term break: 17th - 23rd February
Visiting teachers: Vivian Mackie (Scotland), 11th - 13th February

Course hours: Tues 2.30–6.30pm, Weds 9.30am–4pm, Thurs 9.30am–1.30pm, Fri 9–11am
Please note: Visiting teacher weeks hours are 10am – 4pm.

For full details please visit:

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Open Week at the Training College in Galway, February 24th - 28th (free)

Informal group at Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

If you have ever considered doing further training in the Alexander Technique, either for you own personal interest, or with a view to becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique, then you may be interested in the Open Week at the college. During this week people can come to the college for a day or a week and join in on the sessions.

This week is completely free to those who have never been to the college before, and half price (€95) to those who have visited before.

It is open to all those who have already had some lessons or who have been to an introductory workshop.

Please Note: The training course is also open to those who enjoy learning the technique in a group. You are welcome to join the training course for a week that suits you. You will receive an individual session as well as join in a group session on various subjects including standing, walking, sitting and breathing.

Please see for more information about the training. To book a place please call 091 555800 or email

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One-year postgraduate diploma course in Galway

Anyone who has completed a 3 year Alexander Technique teacher training course is welcome to apply. The course will include one hands-on lesson each day for yourself, working hands-on with people who have had little or no experience of the technique, how to start and sustain a successful practice teaching the Alexander Technique, and many other related topics such as neuroscience and how to read MRI reports. Anyone may join for any amount of time, but those who complete the one year course will receive a postgraduate diploma from the Alexander Technique Centre.

Please contact Richard for full details 091 555800 or email

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Short Courses with Richard Brennan

Richard Brennan, director of Alexander Technique Centre, Galway, Ireland

Forthcoming Introductory and Intermediate short courses led by Richard Brennan are given below. Please note that you are also welcome to visit the college for intermediate training.

For booking information and further details, please visit our short courses page.

Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co Galway
7th - 9th February 2014
Back In Balance: Residential Weekend Workshop
€165 (€90 non-residential)

Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin
29th - 30th March 2014
Back In Balance: Residential Weekend Workshop
€190 (€140 non-residential)

Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin
2nd - 6th June 2014
Alexander Technique Immersion: Residential Five Day Course

The Three Towers, Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co Galway
14th September 2014
Back In Balance: One Day Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Lavistown House, Centre for Creative Living, Lavistown, Co Kilkenny
20th - 21st September 2014
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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