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November 2, 2018

I recall a pupil I worked with at Sherborne School for Girls who first came to me aged about twelve. She had recently moved back to the country from the Far East and had been signed up for Alexander Technique classes because of chronic back pain.

She had a mysterious an...

September 7, 2018

People often have tension in the lumbar area of their backs which has the effect of pulling the back forward, sometimes accentuating the natural curve there. When I work with this sort of back it feels as though the person is dividing themselves in two - top half and b...

September 6, 2018

Having met and worked with a number of people suffering from fibromyalgia, the thing I've noticed they have in common is excessive muscular tension, and I mean off the scale, accompanied by high anxiety. Nobody knows what causes the illness, or how to cure it, but it s...

August 29, 2018

In his book, 'The Use of the Self', FM Alexander wrote, 'End gaining is a universal habit'. What he was referring to is the tendency we all have to focus on an end result whilst losing sight of, and often at the expense of, the means-whereby that result is achieved....

July 21, 2018

The late Alan Rickman was easily one of my favourite actors. There was never a role in which, in my opinion, he was not utterly spellbinding and brilliant.

I loved the versatility with which he played such diverse characters, from the Sheriff of Nottingham to Colonel Br...

July 20, 2018

Of all the many different groups of people who train in the Alexander technique, the acting community is possibly the largest. This has a lot to do with the fact that FM Alexander was himself an actor. His physical training technique was initially devised in order to s...

July 19, 2018

Actors often talk about an 'outside eye' looking at them and judging them. It can prevent them from being present in the moment and therefore spoil their work.

The outside eye is an imaginary critic and it's not just actors and other performers who feel i...

July 16, 2018

In her drama school training Natalie Dormer studied the Alexander Technique: 

'When you work the unnatural hours that actors work, and when you fly as much as we do, you have to pay attention to your body—or else you’re a disaster ready to happen'    

All celebrity ...

June 6, 2018

In many sports you are required to make rapid mental calculations to estimate where the ball is going to land as it spins its way towards you. If you can meet it at just the right moment you can send it off to a new place and increase your chances of winning.

All of thi...

June 6, 2018

In 17th century Scotland, the birthplace of modern golf, players wore clothing to battle the harsh Scottish weather, hence tartan. Where has all the tartan gone?

I remember when my aunt used to play golf, many years ago now, when wearing tartan was definitely the thing...