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Photo by Nagisa Honda
Photo by Nagisa Honda

Yasuyo Sugimoto has been studying the Alexander Technique taught by Eriko Matsumoto since 1999. She trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam from 2014 to 2016. She is a certified teacher of the NeVLAT (De Nederlandse Vereniging van Leraren in de Alexander Techniek).   *Extended Biography

椙本康世 1999年より、松本乃里子氏にアレクサンダー・テクニークを師事。2014年-2016年、Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdamにて、Paul Versteeg、Tessa Marwick両氏より、教師養成トレーニングを受ける。オランダ アレクサンダー・テクニーク教師協会(NeVLAT)認定教師。   **詳細履歴

*Extended Biography

childhood

Born and brought up in Tokyo as a first child of two girls under safe and comfortable circumstances. When she was in a primary school, she often went to pick her sister up at a dance studio. Watching her sister dancing with other children made her charmed with body movements, but she did not tell her parents that she wanted to go to a dance class too.

admiration for physical activities

When she entered a high school, she decided to join her school’s swimming team. There was inexplicable admiration for physical activities. Since she had not been trained but suddenly started, she would not be an accomplished swimmer. Therefore, all she had to do was to win herself, to break her previous best time in a competition. However, when it came to a formal condition, she failed most of the time. She got very nervous and could not perform the same as she could do in everyday practice.

beginning of journey to explore mind-body unity

While she was studying psychology at Toyo university in Tokyo, she finally began taking various styles of dance classes. Her admiration for physical activities especially for dancing remained the same. But soon after some trials, she realised that she could not make her body move as she wanted. This reminded her of what she experienced in the swimming competitions. She felt that her physical being was separated from her other being. Since then ‘mind-body unity’ has been her interest to explore, which led her to several psychosomatic methods including the Alexander Technique.

working in an office

After having received the undergraduate degree in 1992, she started working for an office in a private university. She did not think to combine her interest with her job. Dancing and learning psychosomatic methods were kept as her after work and weekend activities.

following interest and curiosity

In 1995, she went to the U.K. to visit a community dance group in London, which included people with special needs. She wanted to know about how to realise one’s full potential in movement and art. Her curiosity toward living in a different country was another motivation to go abroad. Throughout her stay, she had opportunity to study the dance of Isadora Duncan with Barbara Kane (IDDG) who has taught her the beauty of art.

working in an office and maintaining mind-body unity

In 1997, she returned to Japan and went back to office work.

In 1999, she met an Alexander Technique teacher Eriko Matsumoto, with whom she started having private lessons. About half a year later, she noticed that her back got much more strength than before. It used to be like a thin paper and was not connected with her limbs. Since the learning process went gradually in her case, when she realised the change, she was already with a basic foundation to be able to do various activities with more ease and fun.

From 2001 to 2013, she worked for a faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo as a part-time staff at the beginning and as an administrative assistant in later years.

During her working days at the university, she continued having Eriko’s Alexander Technique lessons. She also enjoyed yoga practice, in which she was able to apply the technique. Being in an office whole day tends to neglect one’s physical side. Giving attention to her physical side helped her keep union of her body and the rest.

teacher training of the Alexander Technique

Thinking about the length of time that she had had the lessons from Eriko made her decide to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. In 2014, she came to Holland to start the training with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam.

teaching the Alexander Technique

In 2016, she qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher and started teaching with pleasure. She has continued to go to the training school for assisting. For a long time, her interest was separated from her job. To unite the both means, for her, to unite her mind and body in more peace and harmony. Her journey has been ongoing process.

**詳細履歴

東京生まれ。小学生のころ、モダンバレエを習っていた妹をスタジオまでお迎えに行くことがよくありました。みんなが踊っているクラスを眺めるうちに、「あんなふうに身体を動かしたい」と思うようになりましたが、両親に「私も習いたい」と伝えることができませんでした。

高校に入学すると、何か身体を動かすことがしたいと水泳部に入部。目標は、試合でベストタイムを出すことでしたが、公の場面ではいつも極度に緊張して、普段の練習どおりの力を出せないことがほとんどでした。

大学では、社会心理学を専攻。そのかたわら、子供のころから憧れていたダンスのクラスに通い始めました。けれども程なくして、思うように動かない自分の身体に気づき、はがゆさを覚えます。水泳の試合のときと同じように、身体とそのほかがうまくつながらなかったのです。以来、こころと身体の調和を探求すべく、アレクサンダー・テクニークをはじめとする種々のボディーワーク/サイコソマティックメソッドの体験に導かれます。

大学卒業後は、私立大学で事務職に就きました。ダンスや種々のボディーワークを習うことは、就業後と休日の活動になりました。

1995年、ロンドンのコミュニティ・ダンスのグループを訪ねるという目的で渡英。そのグループには障害を持つ人々が含まれていて、持てる能力を充分に引き出すことについて知りたいと思ったのです。他の国に住んでみたいという好奇心もありました。滞在中は、Barbara Kane氏 (IDDG)より、イサドラ・ダンカンダンスを学ぶ機会にも恵まれました。

1997年の帰国後は、一般企業への派遣社員として再び事務職に戻りました。

1999年、松本乃里子氏に出会い、アレクサンダー・テクニークの個人レッスンを受け始めます。半年ほど経ったころ、以前はぺらぺらの紙のようだった背中が強くなっている、使えるようになっていることに気づきました。変化は徐々に進んだので、気づいたときには、様々な場面で楽に動けるようになっているのは嬉しいことでした。

2001年から2013年まで、国立大学の研究室に、はじめは非常勤スタッフとして、後に事務助手として勤務します。アレクサンダー・テクニークのレッスンは、この間も続けていました。また、ヨガのクラスへもよく出かけ、テクニークを使ってみることも楽しみでした。一日中室内で事務仕事をしていると、身体のことを忘れがちになります。そうやって身体に意識を向ける時間を作ることが、こころと身体の調和を保つ助けになりました。

2014年、アレクサンダー・テクニークの教師養成トレーニングを受けるため渡蘭。Alexander Technique Centre AmsterdamのPaul Versteeg、Tessa Marwick両氏の元、国籍も職業も年齢も様々な人々で構成された環境の中で、心地良く幸せな学びをしました。

2016年、トレーニングを修了し、アレクサンダー・テクニークを教え始めました。トレーニングスクールでは、現在もアシスタントを継続しています。

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