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Parkinson’s Disease:  How Alexander Technique can help.

Every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s will want to know what help and support is available and what they can do to help themselves with their symptoms.   The common symptoms are: Lack of, or slowness of movement;Rigidity/stiffness;Balance and stability issues;Tremor...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

We often say, ‘oh, I need to relax more’, ‘I’m too tense, I need to chill out’. What do we actually want to happen when we say this? ‘Relax’ is a funny word.  It can make people let themselves go floppy and a little disconnected.  It’s much better if we can be be at...

How’s your balance?

How’s your balance?

Can you stand on one leg?  How long can you sustain it?  Is one leg easier than the other?   If that’s something you struggle with, you may well think that your balance isn’t great.  Chances are, you probably need to look about how you do it.  You may think, ‘why do I...

Alexander Technique in the World of Work

Alexander Technique in the World of Work

I gave a 7-week course to a group from Leigh Day Solicitors.  Their HR department wanted to offer as much support to their desk-bound employees to help them deal with the demands of their working day.  They were a great bunch of people, who were keen to find out how...

Working From Home: Heaven or Hell?

Working From Home: Heaven or Hell?

We’re in lockdown 3, which means those who can, have to work from home.   Before the pandemic, some of us would dream of the idea of WFH.  No commuting, less interruptions, more time with the family.  However, the reality can be much less enjoyable than the idea.  ...

Phones & Bones

Phones & Bones

Mobile phones.... They've become a big part of our everyday lives.  They are so useful, some of us panic if we can't put our hand on them or go out without them!  They're an amazing bit of kit, but not even a a millionth as amazing as our bodies, which have been so...

Poor posture?  It’s not your fault!

Poor posture? It’s not your fault!

Many people with poor posture will have been told, ‘sit up straight’, or ‘stop slouching’.  Anyone who’s ever tried to put this into practice, will know that it’s pretty impossible to keep it up.  The moment you stop thinking about it, back you go into a slump.  Even...

How to avoid back pain whilst gardening

How to avoid back pain whilst gardening

The sun is shining, the grass (and the weeds) are growing and many of us have more time than ever to spend in the garden.  This is when we all throw ourselves headlong into sorting out the garden. Before you do, consider the humble spine. Gardening is a workout, which...

Musicians and the Alexander Technique

Musicians and the Alexander Technique

Like many locals, I love Whit Friday and watching the brass bands. I admire the players greatly, particularly those who play large instruments, but can't help noticing the potential strain that this can put on the body and breathing mechanism. For example, if our...

Kendo & the Alexander Technique

Kendo & the Alexander Technique

One of my pupils has a very  interesting hobby.  He practises the Japanese martial art known as Kendo.  He was keen to learn how he could apply the Alexander Technique to his Kendo practice. In a recent lesson, he brought along his Kendo gear.  I found it absolutely...

‘What do you do for a living?’

'So what do you do for a living?' It's the question which often comes up when we meet new people. 'I'm an Alexander Technique teacher'. This reply is often met with, 'what's that?' Or, 'Is it something to do with posture?' I then valiantly attempt to explain what it...