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Teaching Alexander Technique to People Living With Parkinson's: Teacher Training Workshop with Bill Connington

  • DoubleTree by Hilton - "Adams" Meeting Room 1000 Northeast Multnomah Street Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)

This workshop is designed for Alexander technique teachers and trainees

As part of our initiative at the World Parkinson Congress - THE POISE PROJECT: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's - our team member, Senior AT teacher BILL CONNINGTON, will lead a training class in best practices for specialized skills to adapt Alexander to the needs of People Living with Parkinson's.

He will include protocols he developed for a codified movement sequence that can be used in group classes geared for this population.

Join Bill Connington in this special workshop on applying the Alexander Technique to working with People Living With Parkinson's. A pioneer in the field, Bill brings 30 years of experience to this workshop. He ran a group class that was sponsored by NYU Langone Hospital and the Jewish Community Center in New York. Over six and a half years Bill developed a series of mind-body protocols for People Living with Parkinson's to help improve balance, alignment and movement, prevent falls, and prevent "freezing." The main objective of the class is to help participants improve ADLs (activities of daily living) and to provide hope through guiding people to improved conscious control.  Learn Bill's protocols so that you can teach small group classes for people with Parkinson's with confidence, effectiveness and compassion. 

                  Bill Connington teaching an Alexander technique workshop

                  Bill Connington teaching an Alexander technique workshop



Or visit us at Booth 807 at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland from Wed Sept 21-Friday Sept 23.

Bill Connington Teacher Training Workshop


Call 828-254-3102 or email

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers and trainees who complete this workshop and/or Candace Cox's teacher training workshop on Saturday, September 24 will be invited to attend without cost our public workshop on Saturday, September 24, from 1pm-4:45-pm: "Activity-Based Learning: skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease using Alexander technique - an interactive afternoon for health professionals, People Living with Parkinson's and their partners"


BILL CONNINGTON is a recognized pioneer in using Alexander technique to help People Living With Parkinson's when he developed mind-body protocols during the six and half years he worked in a landmark program -- an alliance between NYU/Langone Hospital and the Jewish Community Center. Bill has codified movement sequences that can be taught -- with the objectives of improving balance and gait, fall prevention, improved iADLS (instrumental activities of daily living) and ADLs (activities of daily living), as well as clearer speech, more flexible movement and stopping "freezing." He is currently developing a DVD that will be available for People Living With Parkinson's, their caregivers, and medical professionals.

Bill is the former Chairman of the Board for the American Center for the Alexander Technique, co-author of "The Alexander Technique" (HarperCollins) and author of "Physical Expression on Stage and Screen: Using the Alexander Technique to Create Unforgettable Performances" (Bloomsbury). He has taught at the Juilliard School, NYU, The Actors Studio Drama School, Mannes School of Music, and is currently a Lecturer in acting at Yale School of Drama. He worked at Spine Options, a medical facility providing non-surgical care for those with neck and back pain.

Whether working with performers, people with neck or back pain, or those living with Parkinson's, Bill takes a humanistic, individualized approach, seeking to support and encourage mind-body integration and holistic executive functioning.



THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops.

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.