Archive for March 2017

Faulty sensory appreciation

When we take Alexander Technique lessons, often what the teacher is asking of us by means of their hands feels unfamiliar and unnatural to us, because it it against our habit, it feels all wrong, but FM Alexander writes about how such thinking is unreliable because it is based on feeling, not on reason.

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How to stop shrinking in middle age

Alexander Technique lessons tend to alter your body in terms of adding height and increasing width, where we have shortened ourselves in the past. Here a student recounts her experience of taking lessons  and what she learned about taking care of her spine. How to stop shrinking in middle age

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Use affects functioning

How do you use your body and mind? This is what the Alexander Technique refers to as Use, with a capital ‘U’, and it’s a noun. Use includes not just the way we use our body, but also to the way we use our mind and in an Alexander Technique lesson you will be introduced to something…

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Learning about our habits

The Alexander Technique has something very unique to offer in that it offers us an opportunity to learn about ourselves and there is always something new to learn, it doesn’t matter how many lessons we’ve had. This is why it definitely falls within the realm of education, together with self-care, as opposed to being a treatment…

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Inhibition and direction

In an Alexander Technique lesson we refer to two main principles, inhibition and direction, which are taught by means of using the chair and table. Inhibition refers to stopping when met with a stimulus such as getting out of the chair as soon as a teacher’s hand is placed on your back and neck, at…

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