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Inner Quiet: Decanting the Overwhelm in Trauma

Trauma can result when a person doesn’t have the time or space to process an overwhelming experience.  Loss of power is an essential injury in trauma. The most basic locus of empowerment is over one’s self, and one’s actions. As an Alexander teacher, you will encounter students who have experienced trauma, whether they realize it or not. This workshop will share our understanding of trauma and explore how AT can empower students to respond to and reduce the effects of trauma.  Like all AT, our workshop is not a substitute for therapeutic care, rather what AT teachers might need to know about working with the likely presence of trauma in our students.


We will explore how AT teachers offer tools that students can use to reduce the effects of trauma and will offer our perspectives on how not to re-traumatize your students while working with them.  We will offer insights on how teachers can be a supportive presence as compassionate guides, on breath, on orientation in space and time, on accessing internal and external resources for support, and on how learning AT in a group can reduce isolation by sharing a supportive learning community. This will be an experiential workshop with plenty of interaction and particularly useful for teachers who will be working with displaced persons.

About Bob Lada and Rachelle Tsachor

Bob Lada

Bob Lada is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique having received his certificates from Tommy Thompson and from Alexander Technique International. Bob is a professor at Berklee College of Music and a member of the Effortless Mastery Institute there. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory, the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies as well as in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has taught at American Repertory Theater and Harvard Extension School, conducted workshops throughout the USA, Asia, and Europe and is a charter member of Alexander Technique International. Bob has also completed Actors Secret training with Betsy Polatin which he continues to study. This training combines Alexander Technique with the trauma work of Peter Levine and the breath work of Carl Stough. Bob’s primary background is in athletics and analytics and he looks at the Technique as a tremendous aid in getting out of one’s way in performance situations so that creativity and skill can come through. His perspective on AT is one of transformation as the path to more fully participating in the present.


Rachelle Tsachor

Rachelle Palnick Tsachor is Associate Professor of Movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is certified in Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (CMA), Somatic Movement Therapy (RSMT-ISMETA) and is an ATI teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her research investigates body movement to bring a human, experiential understanding to how movement affects our lives. Tsachor analyzes patterns in moving bodies in diverse projects, researching movement’s effects on our brains, emotions, health, and learning. She is co-author of a series of studies: “Emotion Regulation Through Movement” and “How Do We Recognize Emotion From Movement?” (Frontiers in Psychology), “A Somatic Movement Approach to Fostering Emotional Resiliency” (Frontiers in Neuroscience), and the chapter on movement in “Integrative Rehabilitation Practice – The Foundations of Whole-Person Care for Health Professionals”. At UIC, Tsachor’s artistic contributions as movement specialist serve to support kinesthetic empathy for diverse peoples and cultures through embodied understanding. She is co-PI in NSF-Funded initiatives to bring expressive movement and drama methods into Chicago Public Schools that primarily educate students of color, supporting learning in embodied ways. Resisting the colonizing pedagogy of the mind–body divide, this work aims to create pedagogical spaces and places in classes to sustain equitable opportunities for meaning-making through whole-person engagement.

Her work with trauma emerges from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s mind/body skills group approach (CMBM): Tsachor is a supervisor for the CMBM, taught the model in the Global Health Studies program at the University of Iowa, The University of Haifa and Wingate College in Israel. She is currently doing what she can to share this approach with therapists working with people displaced by the war in Ukraine.


See also: Bob Lada and Rachelle Tsachor – Presenter Detail Page

Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 13:00 h (10.30am-1.00pm)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3007

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