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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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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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Surprising Muscles

Last time I talked about legs, how they move backwards, as well as forwards, and what this has to do with the Alexander Technique. If you look at these pictures of a man walking, you can see what I mean. 

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A Question of Legs

A Question: when you walk, in which direction do your legs move? Most people say ‘forward’. This is correct, but only part of the picture.  YOUR LEGS MOVE BACKWARDS AS WELL.  Not only do they move backwards from a ‘forwards’

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Don’t forget the hip joints!

Eavesdrop on any Alexander lesson that involves the legs, and sooner or later you are likely to hear the following conversation:- Karen:       so what do you need to do to achieve this? Student:   I need to bend my legs Karen:

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Just Standing

Everyone knows what standing is.  It’s simple.  You put your feet on the floor, and point your body at the sky.  Just standing, always the same, only one way to do it.  Or is there? Take a look at this:-

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