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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, music performance, specialised activities, pain relief and management.

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Self-Awareness and Remembering to Remember

Jeremy Woolhouse

‘Whenever I use Alexander Technique, it helps. But I keep forgetting to use it! Sometimes I get to the end of a job and realise I didn’t think of it once.’

Even when we appreciate the benefits of Alexander Technique, remembering to engage with it can be a challenge. This is all the more difficult if we are unaware of ourselves in the moment in which we are moving or resting with poor quality.

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Alexander Technique Thinking: Inhibition and Direction

Jeremy Woolhouse

Alexander Technique is a skill which is practised in order to experience associated benefits. The many ways in which we may study or apply the Technique are all based on two particular kinds of thinking: inhibition and direction.

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Fundamental steps in Alexander Technique: ABC

Jeremy Woolhouse

This article presents a simple entry point for beginners to Alexander Technique.  Those with experience will recognise it as a core practice for using the Technique at any level.  Leaving space for customisation, expansion and refinement, let’s start with an ABC: Availability, Buoyancy and Continuity.

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Embodied Training for Instrumental Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

Instrumental technique may be considered as the interface between concept and sound.  Our technical prowess determines how effectively our ideas flow from imagination, through the instrument, to the listener.  The definitions we create of technique, guide our practice and teaching.  They may be a liberating or limiting factor.  We inevitably acquire a set of judgements around what is appropriate technique, and what is not.

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Semi-supine practice guide

Jeremy Woolhouse

Semi-supine, also known as ‘active rest,’ ’constructive rest,’ or ‘lying on the floor with your head on books,’ is a learning tool and ongoing part of practising Alexander Technique.  Semi-supine gives a framework for positive movement towards ease and comfort. This guide is intended to support independent practice.

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I’m finding that I’m wrong all the time

Jeremy Woolhouse

In early Alexander Technique lessons, students are sometime frustrated to suddenly realise they persistently use excess tension or scrunch themselves up in daily activities.  Upon hearing this, I offer my congratulations.  It is a significant step forward as it indicates the student has acquired  recognition, a positive step in making change.  To discover you are wrong is to have learnt something.  

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The core of Alexander Technique: Primary Control

Jeremy Woolhouse

In using Alexander Technique, one core principle is considered primary.  The process of coordinating the head-spine relationship is essential to all other motion.  The effective use of Alexander Technique pivots around how skilfully one can engage this coordination.

 

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When does 'good enough' happen?

Jeremy Woolhouse

Looking to the root of stress, one common theme is that of not being good enough. Musicians might recognise this in the form of ‘not doing enough practice’.  Alexander Technique identifies the struggle which arises and introduces practices which dissolve the context for such judgement.

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Phases of Alexander Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

When studying Alexander Technique, each student will progress in an individual way.  There are, however, some common themes students may be able to relate to.  A consideration of progression can help to put into perspective one’s own experience and development.

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Alexander Technique in skiing

Jeremy Woolhouse

In my youth, I loved the rare opportunities for downhill skiing.  There were what I considered inevitable bruises and soreness for days afterwards, but it was worth it for the thrill.  After a twenty-two year hiatus, I returned to the slopes.  the Alexander a Technique skills I have learnt during that time made an unexpected and remarkable impact.

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Automation of Alexander Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

All students of Alexander Technique arrive with an acknowledgement of scope for improvements in their life.  It may be a pain one has, or a recognition of falling short of potential which is the catalyst to study.  After a period of study, this initial motivation usually becomes fulfilled.  Students may feel content to discontinue lessons.  If the principles have been fully embodied, the student at this time is asking: “what now?

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In Search of the Perfect Office Chair

Jeremy Woolhouse

I am often asked for an opinion on office chairs.  My answer is necessarily indirect.  I propose that a chair which makes engaging in positive co-ordination most readily accessible is preferable.  I then go on to unpack what that statement means, suggest some practices to aid comfortable sitting, and some ergonomic considerations.  I may also challenge the enquirer as to how they came to ask in the first place, to ensure he is not delegating responsibility for the use of himself to his furniture.

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