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First impressions

Unless we are an actor, musician, dancer, acrobat or comedian we tend to think we are not a performer. But there are a great many situations in life where we need to bring the best from ourselves, and it’s horrifying to realise that we may be undermining ourselves at the critical moment with our own postural habits. Although we are…

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Core Stability Myth

I have written about core strength and the believed need for core stability in my blog entry ‘Developing a strong back’.  But I thought it helpful to re-print this feature which has been re-circulated recently after it’s initial publication in The Times, 2010. It was written by the excellent journalist Peta Bee based on the technical work and writing of Professor…

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Improve your breathing

I’m often asked during Alexander Technique lessons, is there anything that can be done to improve breathing. This great little procedure is a wonderful and easy way of simply freeing up your whole breathing mechanism so it functions more as it should. It’s so often the case that we tend to hold our breath during…

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Forward and up

When we have lessons in the Alexander Technique we learn about FM Alexander’s unique method of eliminating harmful postural habits and how to revive the natural poise we enjoyed as young children. We discover it is a method of thinking, not doing to change our muscular co-ordination, the foundation of all our movements.  We learn…

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Balance and stability

There is one topic of conversation at a party that is pretty well guaranteed to lose our audience within minutes. Nor does it offer  the most successful of chat-up lines. Questions such as “How are you getting on with gravity these days?” and “Don’t you find gravity so exciting?” are likely to leave us standing…

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Neck and back pain

Neck tension and back pain can be a real problem for some of us, particularly if we work at a desk and by the afternoon we can be really suffereing and longing to go home.  For others, the problem may be all day. So what can we do? As a teacher of the Alexander Technique…

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Wooden horse in Alexander Technique lessons

I have a wooden horse and saddle in both my London practice and also in my teaching room in Dorset, and they are often a cause of curiosity to any new pupil starting lessons.  It is not an ornament or curiosity but a very practical aid in the Alexander lesson! Interestingly, the wooden horse and riding saddle is not only…

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Our move to Beaminster in Dorset

Our move to Beaminster in Dorset a few years ago after 25 years of being in London has been a wonderful experience.  The weekly travel to London where I still work is one thing and we’ve been getting used to that, but it’s the pace of life which is so much slower, people have time to chat…

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Primary Control – a constant influence on everything we do

FM Alexander demonstrated with the aid of a newly born chicken a fundamental principle that affects our whole co-ordination, balance and movement…. In the process of having Alexander Technique lessons we learn about a most significant discovery of FM Alexander’s in the early part of last century.  We learn that the relationship of our head to…

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Change your co-ordination, change your life

When people come for Alexander Technique lessons it is often after they have had treatment from various therapies to help them with specific problems such as back pain, stiff neck or shoulders, aching knees, or they have finally decided to improve their posture. But the real reason why we need help in the first place (unless…

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