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How about an Alexander thought or two now?

Are you allowing yourself to rebalance?

Are you balancing on your sitting bones or are you sitting in a static position?

Is your head rebalancing on the top of your spine?

Are your eyes free to move?

Sense the air flowing into your nose, down your throat and into your lungs. Notice how your whole system is refreshed. Breathing is a reflex activity. A good in-breath follows a good out-breath. No effort is required.

The Alexander Technique is predicated on self awareness and an acknowledgement of our ability to change.

F M Alexander was one of the first people to recognise the symbiotic relationship between mind and body, this is central to the work.

For performance to be healthy, spontaneous and creative it needs to be free from rigidity of mind, body and intention, Alexander thinking facilitates all of those freedoms.

The work develops awareness that we can choose the responses to stimuli in our lives rather than responding automatically. Another way of describing the state we might choose to be in is ‘truly present’.

The work starts by developing an understanding of the nature of habit and the identification of any negative personal habits.

We usually find the physical is the easiest platform to initiate the process of change, so at first the thinking is about outwardly visible patterns, e.g. how we sit or stand or move with and relate to a musical instrument.

The initial work can be seen as a metaphor for all other activities and once the basic ideas have been understood we can look at mental and emotional responses.

Performance anxiety is a perfect example of an automatic ‘response to stimulus’ and can be tackled with this psycho-physical approach - like any other habit.

Alexander work tends to free the mind, body and spirit from automatic repetition and gives one the feeling of being alive and ready for anything.
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