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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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A GOOD PLACE TO START

I’m going to make an admission:- Sometimes when people first start the Alexander Technique, they get a little bewildered. There are so many new ideas, such big ideas, so different from what they are used to.  Quite naturally, they want

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