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Alexander Myths #5 – Feeling Is The Truth

“Seeing is believing” You’ve probably heard that old chestnut, but have you heard the other half of it? “Seeing’s believing, but feeling’s the truth” Old Thomas Fuller(°) got it right. People do believe their feelings, at least when it comes

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How To Choose the Best Activity For Alexander Class

In my lessons the student chooses the activity we look at. Some people love having a choice. Others find it causes great heartache. Here’s my 10-point plan to de-stress the choosing process:- 1. Bear in mind why you choose; if

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Stairs, Fatigue and The Monster

Going up and down stairs is difficult for a lot of people.  I see it in Alexander Technique lessons.  I also see people make it even harder for themselves. A recent lesson turned up a beautiful example. This student has

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How Not To Overload The Alexander Technique

Last time I talked about the concept of overloading; Alexander ideas are resilient, but sometimes the student is not. Taking on a challenging new idea and immediately trying to use it with a large, difficult and stubborn problem is likely

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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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Being a Beginner in the Alexander Technique

Let me tell you a story.  It concerns one of my first lessons of the New Year, which happened to be a riding lesson.  We were working on letting go of unnecessary tension through my student’s lower back, hip joints

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I Can’t Reach The Shelf!

Sometimes it’s really, really important to get something down from a very high shelf.  Like here, for instance:- Assuming you’ve not gone shopping with a tall friend, what do you do?  I’ll bet you stretch and strain and struggle.  Most

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More Oxygen

Most of us don’t consider our intake of oxygen to be an issue.  That is, until we do something like a session on a cross-trainer.  One of these things:- It uses your legs, uses your arms and really pushes your

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STUFF

filling the kettle,  closing the curtains, pressing the remote control, turning on a tap, opening a DVD case, lighting a candle, putting up a garden chair, plugging in a drill, taking the lid off a jar, tying shoelaces, pouring milk,

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I don’t know what to choose!

Earlier today I came across this… My introductory group … turned out to be especially varied: a dancer exploring a leg lift, a shopkeeper concerned about his cash register manner, a salaryman fearful of his boss and a yoga exercise

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