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Analysis of the Alexander Technique Principles and its Applications to Teaching Strategies for Pilates Exercise
The purpose of this study was deeply understand the principles of Alexander Technique, and its applications to teaching strategies for Pilates exercise. This study was divided into two different parts: The first part was to explore the principles of Alexander Technique, and to introduce the method which provides documentary analysis and has correlation texts as subjects. Another part was to apply the viewpoints of Alexander Technique to teaching strategies for Pilates exercise, and to verify the strategies with the test of “teaching strategies”. The subjects were high school females faculties (N=10) and were chosen from the Pilates course conducted by “A High School”in Taipei. The exercise was undertaken once per week for eight weeks, and the duration of each session was60 minutes. The data was collected through semi-structured interview, vedio observation analysis and the reflection records. Triangulation was used to examin the unanimity of those data. The results are shown in the following. a. The principles of Alexander Technique could, be applied to the use of “spine”, “shoulder girdle” and, “hip joint” and to examine the relationship of “head-neck-trunk” in Pilates ecercise. b. Subjects, instroctors and observer all had a positive attitude; however, they should be aware of students’ comprehension while applying the principles of Alexander Technique with abstract idea. c. Instrocts had apparent improvement in teaching method and movement design, and they also showed more understanding on the importance of time awareness to body learning.
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