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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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I don’t have time to use Alexander Technique right now.

Jeremy Woolhouse

Alexander Technique is an effective method for managing stress and cultivating efficiency. If we use the Technique when we are stressed and rushed, its effect is profound. If we feel we must wait for a quiet moment to use it, we may not realise the potential Alexander Technique has for enhancing and creating ease during performance. Too often, the situations in which we could most benefit from Alexander are also the situations in which we feel we haven’t the time to use it.

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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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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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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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Attitudes to exercise

Jeremy Woolhouse

Exercise is touted as the key to sustained good health.  For many, the practice of exercise is unfortunately failing to achieve healthy outcomes.  One hour of exercise per day is often not the panacea to spending the rest of the day sedentary.  Alexander Technique presents a wholistic approach both to exercise, and to purportedly sedentary routines.  It can keep exercise healthy, safe and fulfilling.

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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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