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How can I use Alexander's discoveries to improve my well being?
Robert and Eileen discuss this question in an ever-growing series of conversations. After a few general conversations, they discuss the Alexander Technique's application to all sorts of ordinary everyday activities, and then talk about the possibilities of benefiting from Alexander's discoveries without a teacher. A good source of written material can be found at Alexander Self Study. You can also find other discussions about using the Alexander Technique at our homepage.
General Conversations about using the Alexander Technique
In their first conversation, they suggest ways of learning just what you're doing to yourself that get in the way of efficient movement and offer specific strategies for letting go of harmful movement patterns. The advantages of having lessons with an Alexander Technique teacher is also explored. Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
More details about what you can do on your own: the importance of lightness of self-direction and the benefits of gently saying "no" to patterns you don't want. There is a reference to Missy Vineyard's book How you Stand, How you Move, How you Live as well as to William Conable, co-author of How to Learn the Alexander Technique - A Manual for Students. Both these books are available at the Alexander Technique Bookstore (listed under Introductory Books). Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Here Robert and Eileen address the thorny topic of feelings (the physical sensations) that come to the surface when you make changes in your posture and movement patterns. How to respond to these feelings is one of the biggest challenges new (and experienced!) students often face, and several useful strategies are outlined. This issue is also very nicely covered in this video of the late Marjorie Barstow. At one point in the interview, Robert makes a reference (much to Eileen's chagrin) to the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler and the verse that advises a poker player: ......you don't ever count your money when you're sitting at the table, there'll be time enough for counting when the dealings done. Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Applying the Alexander Technique to ordinary daily activites
In this discussion, Robert and Eileen discuss some practical ways to use the Alexander Technique around the house. Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Here Robert and Eileen talk about using the Technique when driving. Eileen talks about a serious safety hazard facing drivers who crane their head forward. There is a reference to the ergonomic seat and back supports designed by an Alexander Technique teacher. Please mention "Eileen and Robert" when ordering and apparently we'll get a commission! Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Robert and Eileen talk about some ways to use the Alexander Technique when you're with other people. There's a short discussion of mirror neurons and a discussion of unconscious imitation that will be especially interesting to parents. We're hoping to post the photo of Eileen as a 3-year old with her grandfather mentioned in this conversation. Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Here Robert and Eileen discuss some strategies for lessening the tensions that we often produce when we're outdoors in very cold weather. Click here to listen to or download this conversation.
Benefiting from Alexander's Discoveries Without a Teacher
Here Robert and Eileen discuss the possibilities of working without the help of a teacher. There is a reference to Body Mapping, John Appleton's work and Alexander Self-Study. Click here to listen to this conversation
In this conversation, Robert and Eileen provide some specific suggestions for using mirrors, or better yet a camcorder and tv monitor, to provide reliable feedback. Quite a bit of the discussion is devoted to the danger of trying to get a "right position", and the harm done by most posture advice. Click here to listen to this conversation
In this conversation, Eileen asks Robert about Movement Coaching by Phone, a service he offers to students who don't have access to an Alexander Technique teacher. The conversation includes a reference to the late Marjorie Barstow and to Body Mapping. Click here to listen to this conversation
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