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Jun 25

Handwriting

Exams are over and wrists are sore as a result of using too much tension. To check how much extra effort you are using, write your name on a blank piece of paper. Turn the page over. If you can feel the imprint of the letters, you are pressing too hard on the paper with the […]

Jun 24

Horse riding and back pain article

‘Horse riding enthusiast Annette Shaw battled with excruciating discomfort for ten years before the Alexander Technique revolutionised her approach to pain management.’ To read the full article go to the home page of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique  www.stat.org.uk and click on the link. Annette’s experience reads like that of many people who […]

Apr 18

Cranio-sacral therapy

Thank goodness for cranio-sacral therapists! Last week I cracked a tooth and saw my dentist for some emergency treatment. Forty five minutes and four injections later my tooth had a temporary dressing. But my jaw ached as the anaesthetic wore off and, unusually I was having headaches. Luckily I already had a session booked with my cranio-sacral therapist. She […]

Apr 16

Dancers, knees and turn-out.

Sometimes dancers come for Alexander Technique sessions with painful knee problems and flattened arches. Paul Blakey’s ‘The Muscle Book’ is a small but very useful anatomy book for dancers (and others). On page 31 which features the Posterior Tibial muscle, he says ‘Turning out the feet from the ankles rather than the knees causes this muscle to […]

Apr 09

Mums and mums-to-be.

There are two articles on-line at the moment of interest to parents. Go to www.cuidiucork.net to the Irish Childbirth Society’s newsletter Spring 2013 edition to read Veronique Druesne’s account of how the Alexander Technique helped her with postural pains and RSI on page nine. Entitled ‘Why I Love Alexander Technique’,  she says she benefited so much she went on to […]

Apr 07

Introducing children to the Alexander Technique

Following the talk that I gave as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, I’ve had requests for a book list (mainly from those who couldn’t attend on the day). ‘Playing with Posture’ by Sue Holladay published by HITE www.hiteltd.co.uk ‘Edukindness’ by Sue Merry and Judith Kleinman www.ed2k.org.uk/resources_and_links.htm ‘The Labyrinth of Gar’ by Sue Merry www.ed2k.org.uk/resources_and_links.htm […]

Apr 03

Older People helped by Alexander Technique

In a recent article in the Health supplement of the Irish Times (by Sylvia Thompson) Glenna Batson talked about her preliminary studies on the beneficial effects of the Alexander Technique on older people. You can read the article by following the link below. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/alexander-technique-helps-poise-and-balance-in-older-people-1.1343292 It’s quite exciting to think that the stooped posture and uncertain gait we associate […]

Apr 12

Check your sitting position, chair and desk

Check your Sitting Position  Sit at the front of the chair, two feet on the ground. Place a hand under one buttock and feel around until you find the  sitting bone. Slip out the hand and notice that you are now aware that the sitting bone is making contact with the chair. You have just […]

Apr 07

Cycling and the Alexander Technique

For ideas on how the Alexander Technique can help you with you cycling and your bike in general, read this interesting article by Barry Collins. One of my cycling clients found it very helpful and recommended to me. http://www.cyclorama.net/viewArticle.php?id=147 Cycling clients of mine usually come for lessons because they are in pain. One problem is […]

Mar 15

M.E./CFS and an Alexander Teacher’s Viewpoint

This is taken from Interaction issue no. 22 1996 and expresses the Alexander teacher’s view (Andrea McLaughlin). The Alexander Technique and CFS by Helen C McCorry and Andrea McLaughlin Part 2 The Teacher’s View In the last issue of Interaction, Helen McCorry described how the Alexander Technique helped her to feel lighter, to move more easily […]

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