FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are body maps?
The body map is one’s self-representation in one’s own brain. If the body map is accurate, movement is good. If the body map is inaccurate or inadequate, movement is inefficient and potentially injury-producing. During the process of Body Mapping, one learns to gain access to one’s own body map through self-observation and self-inquiry. The student carefully corrects his or her own body map by assimilating accurate information provided by kinesthetic experience, the use of a mirror, anatomical models, books, pictures, and teachers. One learns to recognize the source of inefficient or harmful movement and how to replace it with movement that is efficient, elegant, direct, and powerful based on the truth about one’s structure, function, and size.
What is Body Mapping?
Body Mapping is the conscious correcting and refining of one’s body map to produce efficient, coordinated, effective movement. Body Mapping not only helps musicians avoid injury; it also enhances musicians’ technique. Developed by Alexander Technique teacher Barbara Conable, the Body Mapping curriculum was developed to train musicians to teach the course "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body."
What is the history of ABME?
The Association for Body Mapping Education is the new name for Andover Educators, a company founded by Barbara Conable in 1998 to train musicians to teach Body Mapping. ABME teachings are informed by the insights of F. M. Alexander as well as other somatic disciplines and current findings in the neuroscience of movement.
How do I become a member of ABME?
The ABME membership application can be found here. See all the member benefits available!
Can I teach Body Mapping to my students?
Body Mapping, like any other teaching tool, is available to all students and teachers; however, bear in mind that Licensed Body Mapping Educators are trained to deliver specific and systematic information tailored to individual needs. If you choose to use Body Mapping as a tool in your teaching, it is advised that you refer to a publication written by an LBME in order to ensure you are delivering accurate information in an effective manner. If you have a question about the information, please consult a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.
How long is the training process to become a Licensed Body Mapping Educator?
The licensing process is different for everyone because we all start from a different place in terms of understanding our movement habits. Working with a Sponsoring Teacher one-on-one allows the training process to be determined individually, according to each student’s needs.
Can I request a Course in my area?
"What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body"(the Course) is offered in various places around the world and, often, virtually. Find a course near you here.
Are there any books or research articles about Body Mapping?
Yes! You can find links to Body Mapping-related websites, scholarly research, and recommended reading on our Resources page.