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Who Do You Trust?

Have you ever played one of those teambuilding trust games?  The sort where you have to close your eyes and let yourself fall backwards, and trust your partner in the game to catch you.  It’s an odd sort of feeling,

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Reading the Alexander Technique

How much do you read about the Alexander Technique?  a) Loads    b) A bit    c) Nothing at all If you answered (a) – great, keep it up. If you answered (b) or (c), maybe you need to take a leaf

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‘A’ is for Progress

There is a point in every student’s Alexander progress when they start gnashing their teeth in frustration.  The reason?  They remember their Alexander thinking too late.  Now I know you always get another chance, the very next time you repeat

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A Perfect Demonstration

Last week I talked about what makes group classes so different, ie. the ability to watch and learn.  This week, I want to celebrate the wonderful students who came to that first class. You see, they did watch, and they

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Watch and Learn

Next week I start my first ever group class(*).  It’s a good incentive to talk about the difference between teaching a group and teaching one-to-one. By the way, if you’ve never done a group lesson, it works just like a

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A Category for the Alexander Technique

I’ve been thinking about categories.  As the brilliant Seth Godin(*) put it earlier this week, “the mental cost of inventing a new category for every new thing I see is too high”.   In other words, people are going to put

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Great Big Clues

Imagine you are playing badminton – or any sport or exercise class of your choice – and you discover your right shoe looks like this: What is your response? Ok, it probably involves some swearing and cussing, and choosing a

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Book Review

This time, I’ve gone for something a bit different – a book review. However, if you’re missing your regular fix of ideas, this week two of the very best Alexander bloggers have both been considering the words you use: Jen

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Join The Dots

Today I want to tell you about a truly remarkable woman who, as far as I know, has nothing to do with the Alexander Technique. Her name is Jenny Clack, and she is an eminent professor of palaeontology (ie. someone

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When Do You Stop Learning?

A couple of weeks ago I went on an Alexander Technique workshop.  Ten days, 7 hours a day, 60 students, 20 teachers,– you’ve never seen such an intensive bout of learning in your life!(*) But what perplexed the new students

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