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Practice of Jeremy Woolhouse, pianist and Alexander Technique Teacher in Melbourne, Australia

Specialist in working with musicians, RSI, posture re-education, neck, back and chronic pain management. 

Articles on Alexander Technique in life - by Jeremy Woolhouse

Monthly blog articles by Jeremy Woolhouse.  Alexander Technique for daily life, specialised activities, pain relief and managment.

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Open letter to the minister of health

Jeremy Woolhouse

Currently, Australians with private health insurance are (subject to the particulars of their policy) able to claim a rebate for Alexander Technique lessons.  The Australian Federal Government has recently conducted a review of health fund inclusions.  It intends to place restrictions on what modalities private health funds may rebate and proposes to exclude Alexander Technique from April 1st, 2019.  The letter below is an appeal to the Minister for Health not to ignore the solid clinical support for Alexander Technique.

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Mindfulness, Zen Meditation and Alexander Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

When we practice Alexander Technique, we are being mindful. Since ‘mindful’ means different things to different people, it is worth considering just what kind of attention Alexander Technique is calling for.  There is a parallel with some streams of mediation practice.  Learning from Zen traditions, we can use FM Alexander’s principles to refine a healthy mindful attitude. 

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The disappearing self

Jeremy Woolhouse

It is quite easy to become absorbed in a task and lose a sense of body.  After some time, the body may assert its neglect in stiffness or soreness.  In early stages, it seems Alexander Technique trains us to be aware of ourselves - body and mind - whilst we undertake any activity.  A deeper level exists where Alexander Technique becomes a force integrating technique, body, mind and artistry in action.

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Removing interference

Jeremy Woolhouse

Alexander Technique is a process of removing interference.  Without interference, concept flows into action effortlessly.  Restrictions of physics still apply, so a conceived ideal may not be possible, but performance will be closest to intended, and most rewarding to the performer, when interference is minimised.

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Returning to Nature

Jeremy Woolhouse

There exists a myth that a ‘return to nature’ offers a solution to our everyday aches and pains.  We blame computers and out modern lifestyles as the cause of all sorts of problems.  However when we look at the principles at work behind the issues in modern life, we find that the same problems presided in times gone

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The Lack of an App.

Jeremy Woolhouse

e look to technology for solutions for our discomforts.  There is a faith that many have - almost religious - that science can explain everything and a technological solution will ultimately be found.  In human discomfort, this is not ever going to be the case.  Whilst we can now do some remarkable interventions, one still needs to move in ways which don't create strain in order to maintain comfort.  This is skill most of us have to re-learn as an adult.

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