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Posture, Rhythm and Resonance: Kinesthetic Energy Patterns and the Alexander Technique

In the 1930s kinesiologist Josephine Rathbone discovered four basic ways people move and hold residual tension in their bodies. These four rhythmic patterns flow throughout the nervous system and show up in the way we move, think, learn, relate to one another, and behave in our environment.

Understanding the characteristics and nature of kinesthetic energy patterns will not only enhance our ability to “read” and “resonate” with our students; this knowledge can augment our pedagogical acumen and shed light on the way our own primary energy patterns impact the way we teach and use our selves.

In this workshop we will explore both the scientific and practical aspects of kinesthetic energy patterns in a multi-faceted format that includes lecture, demonstration, discussion and practical application. Particular attention will be given to understanding and identifying the four patterns and considering ways to incorporate this knowledge when teaching inhibition, end-gaining and direction.

About Sandra Dager and David Anderson

Sandra Dager
Sandra Dager is an Alexander Technique teacher (AmSAT), certified leadership coach/consultant in kinesthetic energy patterns (Focus Leadership), Lutheran pastor and musician. She uses her unique background and training to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations from a variety of backgrounds: music, technology, the military, religious organizations, and educational institutions.

Inspired by the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” Sandra places a high value on cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from diverse backgrounds. In 2021 she and professional drummer Dave Elitch co-led four workshops on the Alexander Technique (“Move Well. Play Well.”) for drummers on the British zoom platform “Drum Hangs.” 416 drummers from 28 countries attended the workshops; most had never heard of the Alexander Technique. Currently, Sandra is collaborating with one of her students on a leadership/communication workshop for women of color, where she will utilize the Alexander Technique and kinesthetic energy patterns to enhance the quality and effectiveness of participants\’ movement, presence, and communication.

A trained classical singer, Sandra has been a soloist in oratorios and given classical song recitals in England and the United States. While her musical tastes are broad, she has a special place in her heart for the classical songs of Nordic composers.


Thesis: The Embodied Liturgist: Contributions of the Alexander Technique and the Primal Patterns Theory to the Development of a Holistic, Embodied Pedagogy for Liturgical Presiding.
M.Div. YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL, New Haven, CT. Theology/Pastoral Ministry
B.A. ST. OLAF COLLEGE, Northfield, MN. Sociology.


David Anderson
David Anderson is the Director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Formerly a Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at SFSU.

David has been engaged in a wide range of service, teaching, and research activities. His research centers on understanding how motor skills are acquired, how to promote the development of motor skills, and how motor activity influences psychological functioning. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presentations, an activity manual, and a popular textbook, and has received significant funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education.

David is an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of physical activity in optimal motor and psychological development and is committed to promoting efforts to improve early child care, education and health.

B.Ed. University of Technology, Sydney: Physical Education
M.S. California State University, Long Beach: Physical Education
Ph.D. Louisiana State University: Kinesiology


See also: Sandra Dager and David Anderson – Presenter Detail Page

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h (2.30pm-3.45pm)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3013

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