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How to Learn the Alexander Technique? Contrast and Hone.

My blog today has a culinary theme, or at least a culinary metaphor. It should be pretty clear from my other blogs that the Alexander Technique is all about learning. But people tend to have very rigid ideas about what

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What Sort of Alexander Technique Student Are You?

I want to tell you a story about The Sheepish Student and The Industrious Student. Once upon a time there were two students. The first student came to her lesson every week, and when the teacher asked her how she

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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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Alexander Technique Freebies

Let’s face it, Alexander Technique lessons are a high quality product, and they don’t come cheap. So wouldn’t it be nice if there were a few freebies thrown in as well?  Students often bring this up, indirectly. “How many lessons

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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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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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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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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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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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