Posts Tagged ‘inhibition’

The opposite of wrong is wrong

Are we aware that it is very much possible for us to learn how to interrupt and intercept our habitual unconscious reaction by stopping and thinking, very much applying the Alexander Technique principles of inhibition and direction? Our wholly unconscious habitual reaction is to somehow think that we need to do something in order to…

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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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From known to unknown, new habits replace the old

When I came to the Alexander Technique it was with a lot of lower back pain and excessive neck tension, not to mention lack of poise. It was exactly a year ago that I wrote a blog about how things were beginning to show glimpses of improvement, but at that stage I realise now they…

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Re-education, learning and unlearning

Anyone with an interest in the Alexander Technique knows that at its heart is that it has something to teach and learn, meaning that it is in quite a different class of its own when it comes to the benefits of taking lessons. The pupil doesn’t attend a lesson to have something done to them,…

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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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What's the difference?

You might well be sitting here and wondering what the difference is between the therapy you’ve been having for a sore back or stiff neck and the Alexander Technique, and whether it might be worth your while exploring it further. Unlike osteopathy or chiropractic treatment, the Alexander Technique is an educational technique in that it…

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A life in pain, or living pain-free?

Life doesn’t have to be about being in pain, but rather can be about living pain-free. Have  you been pain-free in your life, would you like to be pain-free? How would it be if you were pain-free? The Alexander Technique is a tried and tested technique, especially of benefit to those who suffer from back…

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Observation and awareness

I was reminded yesterday how stopping to notice where one is tightening and/or shortening can bring about release of that tension. It really does take place in the mind with a teacher’s hands guiding you more into the upright, you can really become aware of the release of tension when you are  thinking about where you might be…

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