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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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Constructive thinking in performance

Jeremy Woolhouse

A fine balance is required in the performing arts.  Attention must be divided among essential specifics, and simultaneously be united towards coordinated performance.  Too much attention on one aspect is as disastrous as too little.  

When musicians perform, we consciously initiate certain aspects of coordination and action.  Many more processes are managed outside of our consciousness.  Some, we can learn to become aware of, and we may learn to directly modify these.

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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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