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Head balance: ongoing importance

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I wanted to write a little about the ongoing crucial role of head balance. As we go about our day-to-day lives, head balance isn’t generally something we even think about, just as we don’t generally tend to think about how we use our postural mechanism. The head weighs around 6 Kilos in weight, it’s that…

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Boosting metabolism the indirect way

We do learn to observe much more closely what is going on within ourselves with the Alexander Technique in terms of postural and co-ordination habits and how these affect everything else, even down to how we think, feel and communicate. Whilst attending a course last weekend, my metabolism started to stir, something which has been…

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Self-appreciation via head balance

I was sharing some work with an excellent teacher very recently, who I know from experience is very positive in outlook in all respects, perhaps because of the very fact that she has a hearing difficulty. She was observing my head balance, of which I’m all too well aware, and encouraging me to send my…

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Onwards and upwards

  I had previously written this blog on Friday, but with amendments in respect of my website occurring yesterday, it no longer exists. I don’t particularly wish to re-write it as I wrote it previously, indeed I cannot as I wrote it in the moment,  but I do wish to incorporate some of the thoughts…

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Solution-orientated thinking

I’ve not posted here as of late, but there are very important reasons for keeping up with my writing. I certainly have found myself finding solution-orientated thinking useful in the recent months. It’s getting on for being a year since my digestion showed signs of improvement and the past couple of months have seen a…

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Conscious direction versus habitual feeling

I am re-reading Michael J Gelb’s book “The Art of Connection” because I knew upon first reading that there is so much more to this book than meets the eye and read a sentence which I thought would be worth sharing here, “Feelings may be stimulated by the words or actions of others, but are…

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Trusting oneself to do what we intend to do

I attended a 3-day intensive seminar last weekend. Thirty participants and yet I felt very alone when I really did wish to connect with others. If they were looking in my direction, I noticed they would very quickly avert their gaze, without saying a word, they had other people to connect with. This repeated itself again…

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Relying on instinct or choice in thinking

Whilst reading Michael J Gelb’s “The Art of Connection”, I came across a reference to a clip from Seinfeld which I took the opportunity of looking up. Within the clip, I came across this simple phrase: “If every instinct you’ve had has been wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.” I’ve certainly had many…

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Walter Carrington on postural habits

“The muscular reactions that pre-empt loss of balance generate feelings of insecurity, anxiety or fear. Thus, bad postural habits can cause fears and anxieties, but fears and anxieties, of whatever nature, also result in bad postural responses.” (Walter Carrington, “On the Alexander Technique, As I understand it”, April 2001 published in “Walter & Dilys Carrington,…

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Stopping to do the wrong thing

I wrote previously about a change that I wasn’t expecting to happen. I had attempted a variety of things to improve what I thought was wrong, to no avail, and eventually gave up trying, realising that this is not where the ‘problem’ actually lay. People tend to think that they don’t require Alexander Technique lessons,…

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