Observations on Sitting, Monkey and Hands-on Work

Date(s) - Sun, 22nd Jan 2017
11:00 AM till 3:00 PM

Alexander Technique Centre

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Observations on Sitting, Monkey and Hands-on Work

This workshop is fully booked. Please email if you wish to be put on a waiting list for any cancellations.

This practical workshop will cover some general observations made in the course of Jean’s teaching. Our overall aim is not one of position, but of maximum expansion, length, width, and release at any given moment. While sitting the consideration is how to balance on the sitting bones in such a way that neither the legs, pelvis or lower back are doing more than necessary. This will differ from pupil to pupil. In Alexander’s early teaching he would tilt people forward from the hips when sitting (without taking them out of the chair); also for hands on the back of the chair. We will look at the advantages and difficulties of this. We will also look at the basics of monkey for the purpose of making it effortless, the use of the tilt (or roll) from the hip joints, both when sitting and standing, and putting all of it together for hands-on work.

£45.00. Teachers only. Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. (Half hour lunch.) Limited to 7 participants.

Sunday 22nd January 2017.


Jean M. O. Fischer trained 1984-87 in his native Denmark. After two post-graduate terms at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London in 1988, he taught for one year at CTC. Between 1990 and 1995 he lived in Leeds where he taught for five years at the North of England Teacher Training Course in the Alexander Technique.


He has been assistant director at The Alexander Technique Studio’s training course in London 1997–2012. Here he gave lectures weekly on anatomy and physiology and on Alexander’s books. He taught at the Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC) 2011–2015 and has given CTC workshops at the International Congress of the Alexander Technique in 2008, 2011, and 2015. He has given various other workshops for teachers (including in Finland, Germany, Austria, and USA) and the general public. Jean started STAT Books in 1990 (which closed in 2002) and was its manager for many years. He has edited and/or typeset and arranged the publication of a number of Alexander Technique books. He is also publishing books on the Alexander Technique under his own imprint, Mouritz, and written a number of articles on the Alexander Technique. He was co-director of the 7th International Congress in Oxford, 2004. He was archivist of STAT 1991-2009. He gave the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture in 2013. He was member of STAT Council 2006-2009. Since 2011 he has been Centre Manager of the Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf Centre. He has been giving private lessons since 2006 at the Pimlico Centre for the Alexander Technique.