Body of Knowledge

In 2004 the members adopted a proposal to divide the candidate’s evaluation for an ATI teaching certificate into two parts. Part One is called the Demonstration of Knowledge and Part Two is the Demonstration of Teaching Skill.

The Demonstration of Knowledge has three parts: Ethics (II-D, ATI Criteria), Alexander’s writings (II-B, ATI Criteria) and Anatomy (II-C, ATI Criteria).

For the Ethics portion of the Demonstration of Knowledge the content is the ATI Code of Ethics (adopted in 2012).

Guidelines for a Teaching Candidate to demonstrate their knowledge of the ATI Code of Ethics are the responses to ethics scenarios given by members online and those recorded at the 2011 AGM, with the understanding that ATI members need to continually discuss ethics and ethical concerns, and that the content of these guidelines may change.

For the Content of the Alexander’s Writings Portion of the ATI Demonstration of Knowledge a student should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the key elements of F.M. Alexander’s biography as they relate to his development of the technique.

1. Basic biographical information.
Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in 1869 in Tasmania, Australia, and died in 1955 in London, England. He published four books: Man’s Supreme Inheritance, Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, The Use of the Self, The Universal Constant in Living, and numerous articles. F.M. Alexander’s early work focused on respiratory re-education (at first he was called “The Breathing Man”). His brother, A.R. Alexander, helped him develop his work.

2. The story of F.M. Alexander’s initial discoveries – as described in The Use of the Self,
Chapter 1, “Evolution of the Technique”. (adopted in 2015)

Please take a look also into the Distinct theory and body of knowledge that constitutes the F. Matthias Alexander Technique and distinguish it from other means of improving human use and functioning. (adopted in 1998)