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Alexander Technique Myths #4: If I don’t know what I’m doing, I can’t stop it.

It’s time for another Alexander Technique myth (I have a collection*). A hotly debated myth, it goes like this:- “I can’t stop it if I don’t know what I’m doing.” It also appears as “I have to know what I’m

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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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Threshold of Change – Part 2

Last week I described the idea that there is a threshold of change.  Below it we can pretend change is not happening.  Above it, the change is too big, too personal, too all-encompassing to ignore; and we have to deal

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Threshold of Change – Part 1

If you read FM Alexander’s books, you will find they are stuffed full of his ideas on change. The need for change, how to go about it, how not to go about it. In fact, it’s a fundamental part of

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about being comfortable.  ‘Better the Devil You Know’ talked about how easy it is to confuse comfortable with familiar, and how ‘comfortable’ is actually quite a complex idea.  I got some great feedback

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When I teach, I fly

I don’t usually talk about me in these blogs.  After all, you are Alexander students, not Karen Evans students.  This week is an exception. I recently read a wonderful, moving article about Jenny Wilson-Best, a professional opera singer who still

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The Paradox of Gripping Tightly

Imagine this scenario.  You’re doing something, and you find yourself tensing really hard. A little investigation decides it’s nothing to do with any specific activity; it’s more of a general, underlying behaviour trait.  Sounds familiar? It happens to Alexander students a

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Avoiding Relaxation

“Relax”, “relaxing” and “relaxation” are words said often in lessons.  But not by me.  In fact, if you listen carefully, you will find me avoiding these words like the plague. Many people, Alexander teachers included, link the Alexander Technique with

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