Why are A.T. teacher training courses 1600 + hours?
I believe the time sequence was set at the first round of training courses by F. M. Alexander himself. When he accepted his first round of trainees, he didn’t know how long they would require to learn what he had to offer. The first graduate was Marj Barstow, who set the limit for the fastest learner because she already had great natural coodination as a dance teacher when she joined Alexander’s first training course. (I’ve seen movies of her from that time.)
Basically, to practice and teach A.T. takes so long to learn because of how habits of self-preservation seem to need to be soothed from their necessity to freak out when these habits discover something completely new that transforms the status quo, and sometimes completely eliminates the need for the somewhat self-important habit to be there at all. It’s a sort of backlash feature built in to protect the species from going to far, too fast and risking all with disasterous results. Dryly put, it seems to work for learners similar to bureaucracy, which can so completely take on a life of its own as soon as bureaucrazies are created.
Perhaps evolutionary wise, the people who preferred safety and security had the chance to pass on their genes alot more commonly than those who took chances and learned faster.
I believe that the most effective way to learn AT is to attend an every day residential workshop intensive that lasts more than three weeks and offers attendees at least a mini-lesson every day. I have read that somehow the three week period is a golden duration of time that significantly breaks the urge to repeat the cycle of habitual repetition. I do not believe that an AT workshop exists that lasts that long now since 1996? when Marj Barstow has died who used to offer them. Her legacy of the many students who she trained to continue her approach still do a summer workshop, but the duration only a fraction of what it used to