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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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The Alexander Technique and DIY

This is a wall.                 And these are shelves.               No, this hasn’t mysteriously changed into a DIY blog. Just bear with me a little while, and

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How to Overload the Alexander Technique

Do you know that feeling when you have a really important idea that you can not capture in anything shorter than a complete essay. Then you read, quite by accident, something by someone else that sums it up beautifully? My

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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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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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Alexander Technique Myths Part One – A State of Collapse

There are oh-so-many myths about how we move, the way a person does what they do, and why they do it that way. Things we believe firmly, utterly and completely that aren’t actually true. Take the idea of collapsing:- You

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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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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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Buffaloes in the Alexander Technique

If you watch any nature program that involves buffaloes (or bison, musk ox etc), sooner or later they will show footage of the mating season, in which two very determined animals run towards each other at great speed and DONOT

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A Calm Centre

I want to tell you a story. Last weekend I fulfilled a long-standing ambition, and went to see my favourite violinist play.  There are other brilliant violinists out there, but for me no-one brings the same level of joy and

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