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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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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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Just Passing Through

There is a phenomenon in the Alexander Technique that pops up every once in a while. I don’t have a name for(*) it, so I’ll have to just describe it. To start with, the student has chosen their activity for

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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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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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Improving at the Alexander Technique

I want you to stop a moment, and think about the idea of improvement. You’re reading this blog, so presumably you have an interest in improving yourself. But what does that actually mean? Put another way, how will you know

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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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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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