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Basel, Switzerland - SBAT-Forum 2019: The Poise Project Alexander Technique for the 21st Century

  • Zwinglihaus 370 Gundeldingerstrasse Basel, BS, 4053 Switzerland (map)

Basel, Switzerland

The Poise Project International Initiative

AlexanderTechnik SBAT

La Technique Alexander APSTA


THE POISE PROJECT: Alexander technique for the 21st century

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SBAT/APSTA is very happy to welcome THE POISE PROJECT’s Monika Gross, Belinda Mello, and Dr. Anikó Ball for this year’s SBAT-FORUM.

Since THE POISE PROJECT was formed as a US nonprofit in 2016, they have been working in a collaborative teamwork structure to make Alexander technique more accessible to the public across broad socio-economic groups. THE POISE PROJECT mission has been a great success, bringing together a diverse group of AT teachers, medical and science professionals, and interested members of the public with a common goal: to make AT principles more available to the public.

We would like to bring their model to Switzerland!


Saturday, 14 September, 10:00-13:00
All participants: - An introduction to the `Poise Project` and it`s opportunities for AT teachers in Europe

Saturday afternoon, 14 September — 14:30-17:30
Sunday, 15 September — 10:00-13:00 & 14:30-17:30
All participants are divided into three groups. The groups then circulate between these three breakout workshop sessions:

Monika Gross – Alexander technique for people living with Parkinson’s
Belinda Mello – Alexander technique group teaching basics
Dr. Anikó Ball – Alexander technique for dental and other medical professionals

In this way, each participant can learn from each of the presenters. Teachers are encouraged to participate on both days. However, if this is not possible, you may attend for only one day.

Alexander technique teachers & trainees 

Saturday & Sunday, 14 & 15 September 2019

10:00-17:30 (1.5 h lunch break)

Zwinglihaus, Gundeldigerstrasse 370, Basel 4053

The forum will be in English and German


CHF 280 SBAT Active Members
CHF 320 SBAT Passive Members
CHF 350 SBAT Nonmembers
CHF 200 AT Trainees

Participation for only one day
CHF 150 SBAT Active Members
CHF 170 SBAT Passive Members
CHF 190 SBAT Nonmembers
CHF 110 AT Trainees

Register no later than 20 August 2019

By E-Mail to:

By Post to: Karin Reinhard, Geschäftsstelle SBAT In den Kleematten 10, 4105 Biel-Benken

All registrations are binding and you will be responsible for payment. Payment will be in cash in Swiss Francs on the day of the workshop.




Monika Gross prepared this short video for the SBAT/ASPAT Annual Meeting in April 2019 to introduce The Poise Project and its mission to SBAT/ASPAT members. (It is in English with German subtitles.)

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The Poise Project Objective for the SBAT Forum

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project.

We would like you to join our international teams helping to expand our AT4PD initiative, and also helping to launch new target population initiatives as we develop them.

Please consider joining our long-range efforts and being trained in THE POISE PROJECT strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these trainings are one of the ways that we will become sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation will provide financial support for our programs, outreach, and ongoing research efforts.

Please also join THE POISE PROJECT trainings in Rheinfelden immediately following the SBAT-FORUM 2019:

16 September 2019
Professional Development Team Training:
Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

16 - 20 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Poised for Parkinson’s” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for People living with Parkinson’s

Please also consider THE POISE PROJECT trainings in Budapest immediately preceding the SBAT-FORUM 2019:

5 & 6 September 2019
Professional Development Team Training:
Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's

8 - 12 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Partnering with Poise” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

Download THE POISE PROJECT Timeline 2016-2019 by clicking here to be inspired by all the amazing achievements that our strategic model and a small group of determined individuals have been able to accomplish so far!

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

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Monika Gross is the Executive Director and founder of The Poise ProjectÒ. She is a senior AT teacher, and has taught postural integrity and performance skills for 35 years. She had her first lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985, training in New York City with Lydia Yohay. Monika is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and of Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the Southeastern regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Dramatists Guild, and she is the artistic director of At-A-Site Theater.

Monika has trained extensively in butoh dance, an avant garde Japanese approach that embodies a process of continuous transformation through conscious imagination. As the leader of The Poise Project's AT for Parkinson's initiative, she has delivered research and educational presentations, and organized AT for Parkinson's exhibition booth teams on convention floors, at the 2016 World Parkinson Congress; the 2018 Pan-American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress; the 2018 American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine; and the 2017 and 2018 Charlotte NC Integrative Health Summits. Monika has led post-graduate AT teacher trainings in Parkinson's in cities across the US and in London and Dublin.
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)

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Belinda Mello is an Alexander Technique senior teacher and movement specialist whose expertise is in communication, presentation, and the performing arts. With nearly 30 years experience in the field, she maintains a NYC studio, AT MOTION. She co-designed with Monika Gross The Poise Project “Partnering with Poise” AT-based course for care partners of people with long-term care needs. In addition to working with the Poise Project, Belinda co-produces the annual Freedom to ACT conference in NYC. She is on faculty at the SITI Conservatory, The Barrow Group, as well as the Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane, WA. She travels to teach in Phoenix Arizona and to Toronto, Canada for 1550 Productions.

Belinda’s Alexander Technique teacher training began at The Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia and included study with the late Marjorie Barstow. She completed post- graduate training in the Carrington approach and continues to study with master teachers, including Dr. William Conable. Belinda is a member of ATI and was an associate member of ACAT. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Brooklyn College/City University of New York where from 2000-2016 Belinda was an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College’s Theater Department where she taught Alexander Technique, Acting, Movement and Mask. Currently, Belinda is growing AT MOTION to include a team of Alexander Technique teachers who will provide a resource center for actors and other people who make presentations, providing classes, workshops and coaching.

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Dr. Anikó Ball has been practicing as a dentist for over thirty years. Anikó suffered frequently from neck, back and shoulder pain. Doctors and physical therapists offered short-term symptom relief without identifying her condition as work related. After being declared a ‘hopeless case’, Anikó prayed for help. Fortunately, she found out about the Alexander Technique, had lessons and got well. After wondering why she had not heard of AT earlier, Anikó realized that the way it is traditionally promoted and taught does not match the learning style of health professionals, an industry specific translation was required.

Anikó trained at the Melbourne Alexander School with the intention of taking AT to the dental profession and save her colleagues from suffering. She founded “Optimum Dental Posture” (a name that speaks to her profession) and began presenting about the Inner Ergonomic principles of AT at Australian Dental Conference and Congress events even before graduating as an Alexander teacher.

Anikó has been invited to present and conduct workshops around Australia and New Zealand by local Dental Associations, as part of their CPD courses. She has also presented workshops ‘Translating AT for the Dental Profession’ at the ’15 Limerick and ’18 Chicago AT Congress and the ’16 Melbourne AUSTAT Conference.

Anikó’s mission is to reduce the incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry and to send a global message of hope for overcoming and preventing chronic pain. She has collaborated in a pilot study, conducted at the Melbourne Dental School, “Improving oral health students’ physical and mental wellbeing”, to show the benefits of training in the Inner Ergonomics of AT. Anikó’s vision is to introduce AT training modules at undergraduate level in dental schools. She has already presented to students and some of the faculty at Melbourne University.



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The Poise Project AT for Parkinson’s teacher training in Los Angeles, April 2018.


Monika Gross presenting research from The Poise Project pilot studies at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 2019.

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The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners who participated in The Poise Project “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course in North Carolina in Spring 2019, funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and part of an IRB approved research study with AT teacher and research scientist Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.

Care partners of people living with Parkinson’s who participated in The Poise Project “Partnering with Poise” AT-based course at eight sites in North Carolina in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and part of an IRB approved research study with AT teacher and research scientist Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.

The Poise Project international “AT Tune Up TakeAways Photo Project”, where people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners share their AT takeaways after a first experience.

The Poise Project teacher teams at international conferences and public events around the United States.