Lay Your Burden Down

The other day I was working with one of my Alexander Technique students, showing her how she could stand with ease.  Like a great many people, she had a habit of pushing her upper torso back and her pelvis forward … Continue reading

How the Alexander Technique helped me Overcome Terrible Customer Service and Useless Tech Support

This past week, I had to deal with two companies which, under the right circumstances, provide an excellent product but which have truly awful phone support systems. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about: Long hold times during which … Continue reading

The Plot Thickens: The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique has been around for over 125 years and so it’s not surprising that references to it, and to it’s founder F. Matthias Alexander, have appeared in works for fiction a number of times. Some of those references … Continue reading

Change Your Tune

I once assisted the late Marjorie Barstow on a teaching trip to a large mid-western university where she gave classes in the Alexander Technique to Music Department faculty and students. In one class, a professor asked for help playing the … Continue reading

What is Our Supreme Inheritance?

Answer #1: It’s the title – almost! – of F. Matthias Alexander’s first book, Man’s Supreme Inheritance – originally published in 1910 and republished in an expanded version in 1918 with an added sub-title, Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation … Continue reading

The Posture of Power – Part 2

In my last blog, The Posture of Power, I wrote about politicians and televangelists – two of my favorite groups to observe. I love to watch them because they generally have pretty good posture and use of their their bodies. … Continue reading

F. Matthias Alexander’s lost “Fifth Book”

Conscious Control in Relation to Human Evolution in Civilization by F. Matthias Alexander. I suspect this title (I’ll shorten in to CC) seems vaguely familiar to most Alexander Technique teachers and serious students because of it’s similarity to Constructive Conscious … Continue reading

Mind and Body go to Couple’s Therapy

One day Mind and Body were having a chat about the challenges of their relationship.  Body was annoyed that Mind had wandered while they were walking down the street, causing Body to hit a lamp post. “If you hadn’t put … Continue reading

No Auto-Correct for Habitual Tension – Part 2

In my last post, No Auto-Correct for Habitual Tension – Part 1, I explored the fact that habitual excess tension in our bodies will not resolve itself.  Some sort of intervention is required to release it. This is quite different … Continue reading