Alexander Technique

2018


The end of the year is very near, it’s just a couple of hours away; I’ve been thinking and reflecting on the past year. It’s been a busy year and it has flown by.

The end of the year is very near, it’s just a couple of hours away; I’ve been thinking and reflecting on the past year. It’s been a busy year and it has flown by.

I’ve written 39 blogs, there are a few blogs that may be worth reading again. The first comes to mind is when I visited the vets and I talked to a vet nurse about the Alexander Technique and demonstrated with her and the dogs in the kennels. This is better than smoking dope.

Another blog I liked was when I was in Bordeaux on a Alexander residential course. I discovered the essence of what the Alexander technique is; It’s all about love. I’ve just read it a gain, I was inspired through the work we did there.

In October I was feeling particularly anxious and could sleep so I wrote a blog exactly how I felt at 1AM. I find writing very cathartic, this blog helped me sleep that night.

And finally, yesterday I really enjoyed my coming out, this took a lot of courage and encouragement from a friend for me to write and then to post.

I hope you have enjoyed my blogs over this year and the previous years. I’ve enjoyed writing them and as I wrote above they are very cathartic for me, I’ve also come to learn that many have similar life issues and I’m not alone. I do encourage you to speak, write about the things that are holding you or find someone to help you, obviously I’m biased but find an Alexander Technique teacher to help you to rediscover your ease.

Let us all have a fantastic 2019. Please keep reading, you can always join my mailing list then you’ll get my blogs via email then you won’t miss any.

What was your favourite blog?

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Coming out!


I’ve have a couple of aborted blogs written but not published over this Christmas, I have difficulty with Christmas, bad thoughts and missing people that were close to me. I don’t want to write about that, A very dear friend of mine suggested I write about something else. Something that not everyone knows.

If your a regular reader you already know what this is about, if you don’t, you may wonder what all the coming out is about!

About fifteen years ago a woman put her right hand on my left shoulder, there was a shudder down my body and was left tingling, you may read this was a bad experience, it was anything but, I wanted more.

I wanted more

Little did I know where her touch would lead, I was intrigued by the

  • power,
  • kindness,
  • openness,
  • positivity,
  • offer of freedom,
  • a moment of being pain free,

that a single touch could bring in just a moment. She touched me through my shirt and jacket in a public place for maybe a couple of seconds at most.

I wanted to explore more, I did, We met most Friday afternoons for about an hour. I can’t remember in detail what we did, nor did I understand why she did it to me, I do remember the outcome though, I was happier, freer, more alive and I wanted more of the same. So when she said; “same time next week”; the answer was ‘YES’.

When you come and see me, you may well be confused in what I do but feel great afterwards.

YES

I had no expectations on any changes that were taking place physically or mentally, I just enjoyed the experience, I enjoyed the therapy, I didn’t understand that I was to learn something. I was learning, not in a conventional way. I was changing, my reliance on asthma inhalers was changing, there were times I completely forgot about them, then I remembered and got into a panic. I was getting taller, I was losing my slump, I was less of a rabbit in headlights. In fact I was changing for the better in many aspects of the way I lived.

Even after several months I still didn’t understand what she did, I tried to understand and rationalise it all but it didn’t make sense.

I still wanted more!

She was teaching me to think in a completely opposite way to the way I normally think without being too obvious. This all came to an end when I changed jobs. I thought that was it, but after a year without her touch I needed it more and more, I found someone else with a similar touch nearer to home, my learning continued. Later I started my training to teach what I’ve been learning.

I’ve studied for five years at different training school to discover her touch, only to discover her touch is a small but very important aspect of the training. All the while I’ve kept all what I’ve written above secret from my siblings and father, this has been deliberate to avoid there criticism; their underhand remarks, this secrecy was to protect me but now it is holding me back, so here I am,

I am an Alexander Technique Teacher.

This may seem very strange but I choose not to tell them to avoid ridicule, ‘what’s all this quackery’ etcetera. I just didn’t want the grief! I wanted to protect myself until I’m ready.

I’m ready now!

Learning to be an Alexander Technique Teacher, the first part of the training is to learn about yourself, noticing habits that I didn’t even know I had, simple things like waving my hands when talking, mumbling when reading aloud, worrying what other are thinking, astmhatic breathing. I decided I couldn’t manage to learn about myself with the additional load of family comments and criticism, I kept it from them. Most of our learnt behaviours evolve from within our families, they are so engrained that I and you won’t notice the behaviours happen or we may cringe after the fact.

My coming out is to declare that I’m an Alexander Technique Teacher, it is a wonderful career, even if it is little known. I offer you the opportunity to rediscover your lost freedom and aliveness that you were born with, that your learnt behaviours have taken away from you. These learnt behaviours keep you from fulfilling your dreams, keeping you in your box with pain, anxiety, stress, doubt. You can unlearn these behaviours like I have done and are still doing so. Wouldn’t you like your freedom back, if so, please contact me and we can start on your journey together.

Have a joyous 2019, I know I will!

Alexander Technique

The Christmas Conundrum; the great expectation!


It’s early on Christmas morning, I wanted to sleep on but the dogs had another ideas or did they sense I’d woken. Anyway I’m up, the dogs have gone out and I’m drinking tea and writing far to early in the Christmas Day morning.

I’ve had many a Christmas morning, firstly with great expectations when I was a child, Santa was going to deliver the toy or game of the year, he didn’t, I got something else not quite what I wanted, I was disappointed but held a brave face; perhaps next year I’ll get what I want.

It never happened.

When I was with my children, they got the toys I’d always wanted and more. Christmas was fantastic but I still had an underlying feeling I didn’t get what I wanted.

Was I chasing a fantasy?

Divorce happened, my children and I separated by distance and financial cost, then parent alienation syndrome cut in and I was well and truly separated, I pined for the Christmas’s I had with my children. Nothing has helped with the sense of loss I’ve had for many years. Christmas has become the focus of my pain of loss. I’ve played games with myself by

  • ignoring Christmas,
  • having extravagant holidays at Christmas,
  • being thoroughly depressed at Christmas
  • being over generous at Christmas

Nothing seems to work, I’m still expecting the great expectation but I don’t know what it is. The separation from my children has made it even worse.

How can I not know what it is if I’m expecting it?

Christmas is a sad time of year as are their birthdays. Christmas is worse as everyone is ‘enjoying themselves’. Not everyone; there are many like me who brave the festive season with stomach churning pain. The pain is the loss and regret of others. This year I’m playing at ignoring Christmas, I’m too old for it, Christmas is for children, Christmas has gone commercialised.

Any excuse to ignore Christmas.

Reflecting on why Christmas is a great expectation. I think it all starts by being told to be good else Santa won’t bring you what you want. I was good and he didn’t, he broke his promise!

As a child my heart was broken every year because my great expectation didn’t materialise. In reality my parents could afford the latest and best presents for their children. Our society and commercialisation has a lot to answer for, I imagine there have been millions of children disappointed on Christmas morning and equally millions of parents spending beyond their means to satisfy the expectations of their children.

I have and you have been caught in the maelstrom of lost expectations that are the promises and dreams of Christmas’s past.

There is a simple present that everyone can have and give if they so wish.

That is love.

These great expectations are expecting something that is not love, the expectations are given in place of love, they are supposed to express love but they are only tangible gifts that can’t support love. They can support a memory of the time the gift is given. Love is in the person not the gift. There is a catch; to offer love you need to love yourself first, you need to be able to look yourself in a mirror without flinching away and tell yourself that you love the person you see in the mirrors reflection.

Loving yourself allows you to love others, then your gifts are tokens of your love.

Great expectations are an expectation of what others will provide you, they will never meet your expectations.

How about having no expectations from others and enjoy the shear joy of receiving their tokens of love.

This is what I’ve done this Christmas morning, it’s been wonderful with tears of joy, love and contentment with no great expectation.

Have a wonderful Christmas and pass your love on to all you know.

Alexander Discovery, Alexander Technique

How can I rid myself from pain?


  • DO YOU ever have the thought of ah, I’ve arrived, then stop and switch everything off?

What I mean is switching your awareness off! Sometimes this is a very good thing and sometimes not so good. If it’s automatic then you don’t have the option to decide if it is good or not so good.

  • DO YOU seem to get pain somewhere when you do a particular activity?

Being in auto may be the reason why you have pain, you will have a habitual movement plan that you use that triggers pain, wouldn’t it be great to renew your movement plan!

There are many ways to suppress or relieve pain but somehow does your pain keeps coming back?

  • How can you get sustained relief from pain?

These questions can be answered by raising your awareness of yourself, you can get part way on your own however to get the full embodiment of yourself you will need help. You need a mirror of some sort, a real mirror, watch yourself on video or get someone with the skills I have to observe what you do in activity and then work together to develop a new movement plan that is pain free, this may seem impossible to achieve, I know it is not as I’ve witnessed it many times.

Pain may be coming back because of how you do things, you may work in auto without noticing very much; I’m sure you have wondered how

  • Your tea was made,
  • You missed a road junction on a road you travel regularly on,
  • If you cleaned your teeth this morning?

We are odd creatures; things get so habitual we don’t know we have done them.

This is equally true to how we do things,

  • Straining our eyes to look at something,
  • Looking busy by pulling a face.
  • Straining yourself to lift something then discovering it was really light, then possibly jarring your back because it was too easy.

Much of our pain comes from an activity that we did and you probably did the activity not in a very conscious way.

Pain is your body shouting really loudly to STOP doing it that way!

There is a way to stop most pain and that is to learn how to do things consciously. Meditation and other modalities will help; you can even learn consciousness on your own.  It’s relatively easy to have a high level of consciousness when being still or working through a directed activity; the real test of consciousness is when we undertake your familiar activities whilst maintaining a high level of consciousness. This embodied use of yourself will reduce the risk of pain and possible injury.

Alexander Technique teachers are trained to be your mirror to help you see when you loose your embodiment; then offer ways to regain it. More so, we teacher you to realize that embodiment is available to you and everyone; it is only a conscious choice that many never realize they have this choice. I’ve found that many are very resistant to discovering there own embodied consciousness; I guess they are comfortable with their pain and beliefs; their pain is who they are but is it really?

Little do they know life is a whole lot better without the restrictions of pain and doubt?

  • Doubt stops investigation and experimentation,
  • Doubt keeps you where your are,
  • Doubt keeps you safe or so you think,
  • Doubt will stop you rediscovering the freedom and ease you had when you were a child.
  • Doubt has loaded you with pain by continually holding you back mentally and physically.

By improving your embodied consciousness doubt has less control over what you think and do; life becomes joyous and fun, the things you thought were troublesome melt away to nothingness. Please believe me this has happened to me and through applying the Alexander Technique.

If you live or work around Gloucestershire or the Forest of Dean please seek me out so I can teach you what I’ve learnt.

Life will be as it is but a whole lot better.