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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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From pain to proficiency playing piano

Jeremy Woolhouse

Moving from pain management and prevention of injury, to confidence, technical and musical proficiency at the piano.

Of all the instruments, piano may appear to have a most straightforward ergonomic. The pianist doesn’t have to hold the instrument, control breathing, deal with major symmetry challenges or contort for fingering. In spite of this, the rate of pain reported by pianists is high. Wrist pain, hand or forearm tension, tendinitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and back pain are commonly experienced by pianists.

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Clinical Research going into detail on how Alexander Technique works

Jeremy Woolhouse

The May 2018 edition of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice presents a qualitative study of the 2015 clinical trial of Alexander Technique and Acupuncture.  While previous publications have dealt with the quantitative results, this study analyses the participants’ experiences and investigates how the modalities attained positive results.

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A pianist in pain - a revolution through Alexander Technique

Jeremy Woolhouse

A nineteen year old aspiring to become a professional pianist, got to the stage where he’d be writhing on the floor from back pain after playing for fifteen minutes.  Three Alexander Technique lessons gave sufficient perspective to manage the crippling back pain.  This is the story of how I came to Alexander Technique and the fundamental learning of my first three lessons.

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Alexander Technique and RSI

Jeremy Woolhouse

Musicians and computer users are at the top of the list for Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI).  
Alexander Technique’s unique approaches make it a powerful tool in prevention and management of RSI symptoms.  poise and action in accord with Alexander Technique principles promotes long term resolution of underlying causes of strain.

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Getting Perspective

Jeremy Woolhouse

“Get job done at any expense” is a modus operandi we’re probably all familiar with.  Persistence of this attitude, the cost to ourselves wears us down.  An upgrade to “Get job done without compromise to self” infinitely improves outcomes.  Staying true to the principles of Alexander Technique transcends even this, and proposes a third paradigm.

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A consideration of the clinical trail on chronic neck pain and Alexander Technique.

Jeremy Woolhouse

There are some very interesting considerations which are brought to light by the recent clinical trial on Alexander Technique.  The study investigated chronic neck pain and proved the effectiveness of Alexander Technique and also acupuncture.  This article examines the details of the study from an Alexander Technique teacher’s point of view.

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News Flash: New clinical trial supporting Alexander Technique’s effectiveness in reducing chronic neck pain is published.

Jeremy Woolhouse

On 2nd November 2016, The journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ published a research entitled “Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomised Trial”.  The key findings show patients who attended Alexander Technique sessions had significant reductions in pain over the 12 month period. 

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​Consciousness and The Zone

Jeremy Woolhouse

In the sports and performing arts, there is what is known as Flow, or “being in The Zone”.  It is considered the ‘state of mind’ where one is wholly absorbed in performance and is associated with moments of peak output.  Although heralded as the ultimate state, performers often report being The Zone also leads to pain, or that pain interrupts Flow.  This article considers the apparent paradox of using consciousness to preserve Flow and eliminate the negative side affects.  It is relevant to anyone who associates being deeply engrossed in a task with stiffness or soreness.  

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Alexander Technique: Past Tense.

Jeremy Woolhouse

This article attempts to de-stigmatise tension and present muscle contraction in a healthy framework.  Also challenge the virtues of relaxation as a remedy.  An article of interest to those faced with RSI symptoms, or anyone whose work puts them at risk of “overuse”.  For instance, anyone using a computer!

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The relevance of AT to rehabilitation following spinal injury: Technical, practical and ethical considerations of the teacher

Jeremy Woolhouse

A technical article looking in depth at effective teaching and therapeutic practices which related to recovery from severe spinal injury.  Of particular interest to teacher of Alexander Technique, those who have suffered spinal injury or are supporting someone who has.

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