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Thursday
Jun182015

The Ripple Effect

The forthcoming issue Vol 3 No. 9 (Active) contains an insightful look at the work of Steven Shaw. This week he sent me an update on two interesting and exciting developments.

The premier chain of health clubs in Europe, Holmes Place decided to adopt the Shaw Method as their preferred model for the teaching of swimming. Holmes Place’s ethos ‘one life - live it well’, coupled with their beautiful warm pools make them an excellent fit for Steven’s mindful approach to swimming.  
Steven and his team have been delivering training in Portugal and Spain to the staff of over 20 Holmes Place clubs.  The teacher-training programme will extend to Greece and Poland later this year, with Germany and Israel to follow in 2016.  This is a really exciting development for the Alexander Technique community, because Holmes Place are keen to recruit Alexander teachers as key members of their wellbeing teams.  This effectively opens the door for Alexander teachers to work at great venues with the support and backing of Holmes Place.
The second exciting development came about when Steven was invited to appear on the UK’s high-profile breakfast television show Lorraine.  He took part in the Change One Thing feature as expert tutor and mentor for viewer Elaine O'Shea who, with Steven's support and guidance, fulfilled her life-long wish to overcome a crippling fear of water.  The broadcast on 30 March charted the progress over a series of lessons of 53-year-old Elaine as she was introduced to the Shaw Method.  
Viewers saw that with Steven’s guidance and support Elaine rapidly overcame her fear and began to enjoy being in the water.  This programme immediately generated an incredible response from other fearful adult non-swimmers inspired to overcome their anxiety and hoping, like Elaine, to discover a new joy and freedom in swimming.  
In recent weeks, Steven’s office team have received thousands of requests for beginners’ lessons from around the UK.  As a result, Art of Swimming has entered into a nationwide partnership with a chain of hotels to enable them to respond to this demand by offering local Learn to Swim workshops and courses to adults who would like to transform their relationship with the water. Watch the episode below to see the Shaw Method in action with Steven himself.
Monday
Apr202015

Congress Ireland 2015

Yes I'm still alive... and will be available as a target for any eggs or rotten tomatoes at the forthcoming Congress. It has been a long, long time since DIRECTION produced a new journal and I'm very sorry for the big gap. The new issue "Active" has been promised for many months and I cannot make any more excuses or promises...simply because I can't possibly make anything else up!

The wait is nearly over for this new issue which will be the first of its kind anywhere in the Alexander publishing world. A selection of articles on the application of Alexander to sporting pursuits, health/fitness and movement by Alexander teachers will open the lid on huge areas of modern society in need of constructive conscious control...and compassion. 

Since FM Alexander's day many movement regimes have come and gone to the chagrin of many an Alexander teacher. The principles of balanced and conscious coordination are needed even more today as we are bombarded with "Scientifically" validated exercise physiological remedies to the ills of modern lifestyle choices...and oh, a blinding lack of education in self awareness for all-day, every-day needs.

How does a student/teacher of Alexander navigate this minefield of sales pitches without alienating themselves completely from the very people who need the help?

ACTIVE Issue explores the huge areas of physical pursuit in Golf, Tennis, Pilates, Running, Swimming and Cycling. Working with the mainstream is much more intelligent than posturing on the sidelines as the work passes by. Stay tuned as I dust off this blog and bring more interesting clips from the people who have helped me create this exciting addition to the DIRECTION catalogue.

If you are wondering whether your subscription is still current...please email paulcook@directionjournal.com. 

I will be sending out address checks soon.