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Professor David Tracey

Head, School of Anatomy, The University of New South Wales, Sydney


I would like to welcome you all to the Congress, on behalf of the School of Anatomy. I am very pleased that you will have the chance to visit our school and see some of the anatomical preparations in the dissecting rooms, and do hope that you will find it a valuable exercise.

Like you, I have an interest in proprioception and kinaesthesia. In fact, my original training was in neurophysiology and I have worked on joint receptors as well as receptors in muscle and skin, so I have a long-standing interest in how sensory receptors regulate posture and movement. It is a fascinating field and one that we still know too little about.

I teach musculoskeletal anatomy and was lucky enough to be offered some Alexander treatments by one of my students. So I know a little about the Technique and have had the opportunity to think about how it might work. I don't think we are in a position to answer that question yet, and I am sure that it will take many years to do so. But I do look forward to the time when research work gives us a better idea of how the Alexander Technique works, in terms of the underlying anatomy and physiology, and I hope that some of you here will be able to help in that endeavour.

Once again, welcome to the Congress and I hope you have an enjoyable and useful time. I look forward to seeing some of you in the School of Anatomy in the course of the Congress.


David Tracey teaches musculoskeletal anatomy and has carried out research on joint receptors and on pain due to nerve injury.

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