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AT Congress® Berlin 2022

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Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentations

Plenary Sessions

Special presentations by renowned speakers from outside and inside of our AT community.

These are special presentations given by outstanding experts who will inspire us, educate and stimulate our curiosity.

Followed by Q&As and panel discussions and definitely not to be missed events.

The Keynote presentations are open to all and will be held in the beautiful setting of the TU’s auditorium. 

Keynote Presentations

This is the list of all our confirmed keynote presentations.
The list is sorted by start date and time.
Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

A portrait of Dr. Philip Bull

Dr. Philip Bull
United Kingdom

Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

Hypermobility is a term that neither FM nor the first generation teachers would have known. It is only in this century that Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (EDS/HSD) have become better understood and recognized in the medical field as genetic conditions for which there is no cure. Many people living with these conditions spend their entire lives managing their symptoms and are increasingly seeking AT for relief. We can potentially make a big difference in their experience by providing strategies for better postural support, calming the nervous system, and improving proprioception and balance, all contributing to their quality of life. The AT can be of immense help to this community but unfortunately, we have heard stories from those with EDS/HSD who have had negative experiences with AT practitioners who were unaware how hypermobility can affect a person and so made no allowances for it. These teachers inadvertently over-released the hypermobile students’ already lax joints and left them with a loss of both tone and internal integrated support. They felt disconnected and their painful symptoms worsened. Dr. Bull speaks for 50 minutes outlining how hypermobility may affect not only a person’s joints but also their internal organs, their proprioceptive sensitivity and their nervous system. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A, a 45 minutes lunch break, and a 45-minute panel discussion with Carol Boggs, Ann Rodiger, Julie Barber, and David Moore from 13.30-14.15h (1.30-2.15pm). Keynote Session Details Biographies Dr Bull and panelists Carol Boggs, Ann Rodiger, Julie Barber, David Moore Dr. Philip Bull: Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – an Introduction Ann Rodiger: AT and EDS Julie Barber: Hypermobility – First Do No Harm Andy Smith: An Investigation into Hypermobility

Keynote Presentation
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
11:30 h - 12:45 h
Main Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Marketing the Alexander Technique

Portrait Rachael Sullivan

Rachael Sullivan
United Kingdom

Marketing the Alexander Technique

Promoting the benefits of the Alexander Technique   Why aren’t people more aware of the benefits of the Alexander Technique? How can we meet people where they are, to explain what we do in a language they understand? How can small changes to your business approach co-create financial, social, and environmental value? These are some of the questions Rachael will address in her 50-minute talk plus Q&A. Focusing on how we can collectively promote and market the benefits of the Alexander Technique. This informative and reflective session will be structured into three parts. Finding your feet to understand the basics of marketing theory today. Breathing with ease when you promote your business to avoid overwhelming potential new clients who are likely to tune out. Balancing the head and neck of your business. A reflective exercise to align and focus the two most important assets that will improve the health of your business. Having been instrumental in the STAT rebrand, Rachael understands the essence and key challenges of marketing the Alexander Technique in the modern day, digital-first world. With over 20 years marketing experience and a small business owner herself, she takes candid, coaching and caring approach. Sharing useful tips to grow your business, while collectively promoting the benefits of the Alexander Technique in simple and effective ways. Email link rach@theodore.ltd Website links https://www.theodore.ltd/ https://www.scaffoldcoaching.com/ Building Better Leaders Podcast bit.ly/Buildingbetterleaders

Keynote Presentation
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
09:00 h - 10:15 h
Main Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Business / Marketing

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Exploring the science behind the Alexander Technique

Exploring the science behind the Alexander Technique

He will introduce several phenomena that are currently being studied in movement science and sport psychology and which might have a bearing on our understanding of mechanisms underpinning the Alexander Technique. These include such things as the einstellung effect, the kohnstamm phenomenon, ironic effects, the Quiet Eye and the Grenier Technique. We’ll have fun exploring how some of these phenomena might inform our understanding of the AT and might serve as profitable directions for further research and understanding. Professor Anderson will also briefly introduce us to a couple of the specific studies he has done on the AT. More Information and publications

Keynote Presentation
Friday, 26 August 2022
09:00 h - 10:15 h
Main Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Sports||Science

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone