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Modern life makes so many demands on us which seem by their very nature to separate our minds from our bodies and our feelings; using an iPad or Smart Phone, for example, it is easy to switch the body off almost entirely - as if it were just another App! Similarly working out in the gym or going for a run with headphones on to listen to music does not engage mental energies with the physical activity. The Mind and Body interface become increasingly disintegrated; this is reflected in our attitudes, behaviour and our interactions with people and with our own lives.

The method of self-integration developed by F M Alexander has been borne out by research and development in the fields of neuroscience (in particular neuroplasticity) and somatics, giving ample evidence that the Alexander Technique is still a valid method for the 21st century.

This Meetup is for those people who want to explore the possibility of developing themselves towards becoming a more integrated human being. There will be regular events at which we can explore the principles developed by F M Alexander, which show us how to stop habitual patterns of thinking and generating muscular tension and how to use the power of thought to connect with our innate sensory intelligence. Alexander also worked out a way of using subtle hands-on guidance to give a direct experience of coordinated and balance movement.

Members are advised to attend regularly so that more information can be assimilated, and to practice what is conveyed at the Meetups in between events.

Key ideas include:

• our sensory awareness is not reliable; what we are used to feels right

• patterns of movement and even behaviour are triggered by certain stimuli; at the point where stimulus reaches consciousness it is possible to suspend reaction, giving the possibility for a new response

• nerve impulses and muscular activity can be influenced by consciously projected mental messages

• when we pay more attention to process we can maintain a more present state

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