Yearly Archives: 2015

Just Passing Through

There is a phenomenon in the Alexander Technique that pops up every once in a while. I don’t have a name for(*) it, so I’ll have to just describe it. To start with, the student has chosen their activity for

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An Alexander Technique Perspective on Hurrying

Hurrying is a perilous occupation. To demonstrate this, find yourself a bench or a seat in a cafe that overlooks a busy street. Sit, and spend a while watching the people pass. In particular watch out for the people that

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Usually, But Not Always

Have you ever noticed how human beings like easy answers?  Most of them, most of the time.  Alexander Technique students, usually being human beings, also like easy answers.  Which is a bit of a shame when life throws up complex

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Subtle or Not So Subtle?

Usually when someone has an Alexander Technique lesson, they physically change.  Sometimes that change is definitely not subtle; it’s easy to see, to feel, to describe.  Other times that change is very subtle, hard to see, harder to feel, very

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Where’s the Magic in the Alexander Technique?

There is a kind of magic in the Alexander Technique. It’s a small magic that usually tip-toes up when you are not expecting it(*), and gives you a sudden burst of something wonderful.  It could be your pain goes away,

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Alexander Myths Part 3 – Put Your Back Into It!

  “Go on – put your back into it!” If you’ve not encountered this phrase before, it’s a slightly old-fashioned way of telling someone to make more physical effort – to push, pull, twist or lift harder. You might have

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The Right Way to Think the Alexander Technique

Q:           When you are going about your Alexander Technique, what is the right way to think? A:            It’s a trick question. I know, a bit mean of me.  But you’d be amazed how many students ask, in various wordings,

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FM Alexander’s Journey

  Reality TV loves a good ‘personal journey’.  But forget histrionics for the camera – FM Alexander was there 120 years ago, very quietly transforming his life.  So what was his journey made up of, with no audience, no judges

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Alexander Technique Myths Part Two -My Head Will Fall Off!

For the second of my Alexander Technique myths, I want you to imagine a lesson where I am working with a student on letting go of the oh-so-tense muscles in the back of their head and neck.  Imagine that this

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The right Alexander Technique mirror

The question of whether you should use a mirror in your Alexander work has rolled around for a very long time, pretty much since FM Alexander developed his technique back in the 1890s.  He used a mirror; in fact he used several

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