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Even More Alexander Technique Freebies

Last time I talked about the voucher system of Alexander freebies, and collecting odd moments to practice.  Today, some more freebies. Our starting question is ‘What do you learn from?’  Not “what do people in general learn from?” but “What do you

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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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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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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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How to learn the Alexander Technique? Incrementally.

The other morning I found myself musing on the unlikely topic of cleaning my teeth.  I was actually cleaning my teeth at the time, and, as usual, I was thinking about how I go about the process of brushing my

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What translation has to do with the Alexander Technique

Let me make one thing clear.  I have never done Aikido.  I know nothing at all about it, beyond “It’s a martial art”.  So quite what tempted me to follow a Facebook link to an Aikido article I’m not sure.

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I Can’t Reach The High Notes

It’s not just singers who struggle with high notes! For the third of my mini-series looking at making the best use of what you’ve got I’m looking at musicians, particularly string players, and the issue of how to get those

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I Can’t Chop Parsnips!

Q: What has chopping parsnips got to do with the Alexander Technique? A: Everything. Q: How come? A: Because the Alexander Technique is about making the best use of what you’ve got. By which I don’t mean finishing up those

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