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Work Heaven

Sometimes I can feel quite guilty about giving Alexander Technique lessons.  People come for a lesson in how to use the technique for themselves for a wide variety of reasons, but essentially to overcome habits of use.  These are habits that effectively lower our standard of general well-being, often resulting in poor posture, pain, stress, timidity, lack of agility,…

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Make walking light and easy…

Do you find walking a bit of a pain?  When walking, do you easily get stiff and ache in the legs, lower back, hips or knees? If so, you may be surprised to know that you can do something about it for yourself…by changing how you walk. Pain or discomfort when walking is not a condition…

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Training, not treatment

If we’re unfortunate enough to hurt or strained our back during the process of bending, or stretching to pick something up; it is quite possible that what we were reaching for was not even a heavy item. Simply the process of bending awkwardly caused a muscle spasm or the like.  I regularly meet people in such situations and in discussion I…

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Avoiding back pain and achieving more in life…

Over the years there has been a great deal of press about Alexander Technique and how helpful it is in overcoming back pain the many other benefits of the Technique have been almost entirely over shadowed.  The most prominent and helpful feature was in the British Medical Journal announcing the results from the largest scientific…

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Developing a strong back

Over 80% of us suffer from back pain at some time in our life and it’s not surprising given the long hours of desk and computer work many of us have to do. Posture habits develop from a very young age and these upset our quality of balance and poise so we stiffen and begin to hold ourselves awkwardly.  These habits…

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Spirals of life

Natural spirals of life   Trees growing in spirals As we spend so much of our time in man-made environments, from home to office and the car, it’s easy to forget that the natural world is not made of straight lines, but of curves and to be more precise spirals. If we look at the…

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Not holding positions

  A client who has not had more than just a few sessions asked after a session if the position of his head was better than before and was he holding better posture.  This is such a straight forward question and it’s a shame that my answer has to be slightly more in-depth than a…

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Skill and poise

Jascha Heifetz never used a shoulder rest and insisted that his students did not either to help them play more freely. In my work as an Alexander Technique teacher I often help musicians and sports people maintain healthy poise and avoid unnecessary strain in normal life as well as when they play their instruments or…

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Alexander Technique, Dorset

We have been living in Dorset since 2009 and I thoroughly enjoy teaching the Alexander Technique from our home in Beaminster. The experience is so different from working at my main practice at Cavendish Square just off Harley Street in London. The pace of life is slower and less frenetic and I have a lovely…

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Voyage into the unknown

An Alexander Technique enthusiast and pupil of mine once told me that she feels that her experience with using the technique is like a voyage into the unknown.   I thought what an astute observation this is and commented that such an attitude where she is ‘venturing’ beyond what she knows in relation to previous experiences will enable…

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