At the Australian National University, more than 20 teachers and advanced students met every Tuesday evening, in the classes that had been running there for 27 years.
Every new idea was tested and evaluated by the group in an informal, creative atmosphere; classes were mini-workshops in effect. Exercises that passed this scrutiny were then taught in classes the following week and feedback from students incorporated the week after. This loop facilitated the rapid incorporation and testing of new ideas, and the constant re-evaluation of core techniques.
As the ANU presence has ended (June 2013), the input from our national and international students and teachers has become even more important, and we actively seek this feedback. Every workshop is a crucible for this on-going evolution—and this is one of the major reason these events are so exciting. As well, because we require our teachers to ‘upskill’ every few years, every workshop is a similar group setting for this interactive process, and we are committed to putting these on every year. We learn as much from our teachers when we see them again as they do from us.
Outside Stretch Therapy, our many teachers, practitioners, and students work and study in different stretching and movement environments and we strongly encourage their input. Stretch Therapy is committed to using any techniques that contribute safely and effectively to the goal of achieving grace and ease in the body, and more efficient movement. As a result, Stretch Therapy is constantly evolving with input from many different influences.