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What is Alba Emoting?
Alba Emoting (also now called the Alba Method by USA practitioners) is a somatic approach to consciously evoking emotion, without relying on subjective causes and cognitive attributes. Alba Emoting is a systematic method, based on scientific findings, which allows any person –independent of gender or social heritage– to express basic universal emotions clearly, with the possibility of summoning these emotions and modulating their expressive and subjective components at will. When taught by a certified Alba Emoting instructor, it is a safe, non-psychoanalytic approach to releasing and guiding emotional states. Alba Emoting is physical, specific, organic, and can be learned by nearly anyone.
Developed originally in working with actors, the method is also used by many coaches and therapists to help client’s effect life altering transformations. Now, it is also available to the general public, as anyone can use this safe and effective method in their personal and professional life. In this short weekend program, you will learn the basics of the method including:
- Increase awareness of limiting emotional habits and entangled “ mixed” emotions
- The ability to transform any emotion to a neutral state where no emotion is present
- The ability to turn up or turn down the intensity of your emotions
- The bodily experience of Tenderness, Joy, and Desire as well as Anger, Sadness, and Fear and the ability to shift between these emotions at will
- A body-centered practice that allows you to release emotional energy held in the body
- The ability to confidently observe the emotions, in one’s self and in others, based on breathing and muscular cues
The Alba Method is not a form of therapy and does not address life issues or provide counseling. It is a somatic technique that focuses entirely on the ability to control your own body as the access to your emotions. The program is taught in a series of short experiential sessions that focus on practice of the technique through our direct experience in our bodies. This program is ideal for anyone interested in greater self-awareness, self-expression, or personal transformation. It will also be especially valuable for actors, coaches, therapists, and body-workers.
How was Alba Emoting developed?
Alba Emoting was developed Dr. Susana Bloch, an internationally recognized research psychologist, who specialized in Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology. Dr. Bloch developed Alba Emoting, after extensive scientific research, as a safe, purely physical alternative to emotion memory and other psychological techniques for releasing, maintaining, and controlling emotional states. Dr. Bloch lives and researches in Cachagua, Chile and personally certifies all senior level Alba Emoting teachers (CL5 certification status). There are a limited amount of certified Alba Emoting teachers in the United States and around the world. Each teacher goes through extensive training in the technique and contributes long hours of service as an assistant teacher in order to become fully certified. (see certification levels explained in more detail below)
The name, Alba Emoting, comes from a combination of two languages. Dr. Bloch chose the name Alba because it means “white” or “pure” in Spanish to represent the six basic or pure emotions of (1) Anger, (2) Sexual Love, (3) Fear, (4) Joy, (5) Sadness, and (6) Tender Love. Emoting is derived from the English verb “to emote” or give expression to emotion.
How can one willingly evoke emotion?
Emotions are “functional states of the entire organism that imply simultaneously physiological (organic) processes and psychological (mental) processes.” Dr. Bloch found that defining emotions as,
“A complex functional state of the entire organism which implies simultaneously physiological activities, expressive behavior, and an inner experience” and proposes no sequential order to these three levels. She discovered that in order to evoke the emotion throughout the whole self, one must utilize “three parallel and interconnected levels: an expressive level (facial and postural), a physiological level (organic) and a subjective level (mental).
Alba Emoting uses effector patterns derived from the first two objective and quantifiable levels, expressive and physiological, and allows for the individual to fill in the third and subjective “feelings” level as they achieve an emotional induction. In support of all people learning Alba Emoting, Dr. Bloch states,
What is an Effector Pattern?
An effector is an agent causing an effect, or a procedure that produces an effect, ie. a nerve ending activating a muscle or a molecule affecting an enzyme activity. If one applies a series of effector patterns, one might achieve a holistic physiological effect throughout the whole self.
How does Alba Emoting utilize these effector patterns?
Alba Emoting identifies six “basic” emotions from which all others derive. Each of the basic emotions, as well as emotional neutrality, has its own unique, identifiable set of bodily responses (“effector patterns”), which are universal to all humans. By reproducing three aspects of these patterns — breathing, posture, and facial expression — an person can experience and express genuine, organic emotion at will, without the use of memory or images.
Most important, through the use of the seventh pattern, called a “step- out,” a person can leave any emotion just as easily and return to psychophysical neutrality. The ability to return to emotional neutrality creates a solid foundation for safe emotional work, and is therefore central to the Alba Emoting technique. Once learned correctly, the step-out pattern is effective regardless of how an emotional state was initially aroused.
Although Alba Emoting was first developed as a technique for actors, exploration of therapeutic applications in the fields of psychology, coaching, sociology, and other human service vocations is well underway.
What should I keep in mind as I learn Alba Emoting?
The Alba Emoting training process can be broken down into three stages. Most people will have progressed to the second stage by the end of beginning training; the third stage develops independently with application and practice.
Patterns are produced to their greatest intensity, with attention only to technical precision. The appearance of the emotion is stereotypical, oversized, and usually ingenuine.
Accurate technical production of the effector patterns induces a genuine experience of emotion in the actor (this may or may not involve the emergence of memories and/or images). The patterns merge with the organic experience and subtly individuate without losing their basic integrity; the appearance, and experience, of the emotion becomes genuine.
A person is able to engage the physiological experience and expression of emotion with or without corresponding subjective experience: i.e., the person can choose whether, and how much, to engage personal associations. The person can, at will, control intensity of emotion, move from one emotion to another, and blend emotions to create truthful interaction.
As technical ease increases, expression of organic emotion flows freely from concentration on circumstances, interaction with other individuals, etc. — with no need for conscious use of the patterns. The person can also choose to make conscious adjustments to change, clarify, intensify, or sustain an emotional state.
Alba Emoting Certification Levels Explained
CERTIFICATION LEVELS IN ALBA EMOTING, 2010
About certification: Certification in Alba Emoting is at no level automatic; levels are conferred not according to hours spent in training, but by the individual’s skill development and maturity as determined by an appropriately certified trainer. The purpose of certifications in Alba Emoting is to protect the integrity of the work and to insure quality of experience and transmission of knowledge for students, practitioners, and teachers. Adherence to the privileges and limitations of each Certification Level (CL) must be accepted and followed by all practitioners as a point of honor.
LEVELS AND REQUIREMENTS
International certification in the study and practice of the Alba Emoting method distinguishes 6 Certification Levels (CL):
CL1 Introduction level
CL2 Basic level
CL3 Scholar level
CL4 Professional level
CL5 Academic level
CL6 Master level
Only people certified in levels CL4, CL5 (and, of course, CL6) are authorized to independently train people, giving Alba Emoting established certification below their level.
Each level is linked to one of the following specializations:
A Universal teacher, includes all the following specializations.
B Teacher specialized in Psychology
C Teacher specialized in Performing Arts
D Teacher specialized in Organizational Development / Business
E Teacher specialized in Education
F Teacher specialized in Medical, Paramedical and health professions.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF EACH LEVEL
Introduction Level (CL 1)
Required teacher: CL6, CL5, CL4, and supervised CL3.
Objectives: Familiarity with some of the six effector patterns and Step-Out.
Authorized use: Self-use only.
Basic Level (CL2)
Required teacher: CL6, CL5, and supervised CL4.
Objectives: mastery of the six effector patterns, Step-Out, sufficient to self-correct, and to accurately observe them in others.
Authorized use: self- use only.
Scholar Level (CL3)
Required teacher: CL6, CL5, and CL4 only training in their own specialization area. Certification can only come from CL6 and CL5.
Objectives: Mastery of the six effector patterns and Step-Out sufficient to be capable to reproduce them at will; work with Alba Emoting in the applicant’s specialization area; to go deeper in the scientific study of emotions; and to start the training as Alba Emoting teacher.
Requirements: CL1, CL2
– work as an assistant in, at least, 2 CL1/CL2 workshops
– training meetings
– physical training
– writing an article or a testimony about a specific issue related to Alba Emoting use
– final approval only comes after the applicant leads a CL1 workshop under a C5 teacher supervision.
Authorized use: training CL1 and CL2 in the applicant’s specialization area; personal and professional use of the method.
VERY IMPORTANT FOR PERFORMERS: This level may sometimes be given as a non-teaching, just practitioner certification, called CL3P.
Professional Level (CL4)
Required teacher: CL5, with previous authorization from Susana Bloch.
Objectives: Mastery of the six effector patterns and Step-Out sufficient to holistic professional use of the method and training others.
Authorized Use: Professional use of the Alba Emoting method.
Academic Level (CL5)
Required teacher: Only Susana Bloch and Pedro Sándor or their replacement when they retire.
Objectives: to train Alba Emoting teachers, diffuse the method internationally and hopefully write articles, papers or books.
Requirements: CL 4
Authorized Use: professional use, and teacher training.
Master Level (CL6)
Prof. Susana Bloch and Pedro Sándor are the only Master Level Teachers in Alba Emoting until they retire. When that happens, Alba Emoting Ltda., by majority of votes from its Council, will give this CL6 to the most relevant person in the world with certification CL5.