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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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Making 'Positive Thinking' Positive

Jeremy Woolhouse

Alexander Technique cultivates skilful use of thought.  It undeniably trains positive thinking. It differs, however, from other practices commonly grouped under the ‘positive thinking’ umbrella.  Practicing Alexander Technique principles may help in assessing the value of other ‘positive thinking’ practices, and assist in making them constructive.

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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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Hierarchy in Alexander Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

The Alexander Technique has a remarkable relevance to any vocation - be it trade, art or sport.  It deals with fundamentals of human coordination and has a set of principles which organise specialised skills into a constructive framework.  Effective prioritisation of attention is a characteristic of positive coordination.  Many attempts to find relief from pain, or to improve performance, fail because a certain hierarchy is neglected.  

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Buoyancy and Opposition

Jeremy Woolhouse

A downwards orientation of the self creates a compressing, depressive force.  Alexander Technique directions are sometimes abbreviated as “Think Up!” - a universal tonic to downward orientation.  The upward direction may stimulate positive engagement with gravity and energise activity.  A consideration of the distinction between ‘buoyancy’ and ‘opposition’ may add some refinement to the concept of ‘up’.

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Stop trying to be musical

Jeremy Woolhouse

In any educational process, there are inevitable ups and downs.  When progress stagnates, this is an indicator that some mode of thought is preventing further development.  One of the most confounding barriers to a musician is when an intention for musicality inadvertently creates conditions which limit performance.

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