Author: Janette Costin
  Date: Friday, August 10, 2012

Past experiences influence responses as well as new stimuli.  Habitual responses sometimes vary with family, work colleagues, social groups etc.  To think or not to think? a respectful and present way for yourself.  Alexander's discovery that an habitual response can be changed by stopping a moment, allowing a chance to re-think and re-direct - gives us an awareness of the habitual and a choice of how to respond in the present. Amazing how a new way of responding can bring a smile to your face!  

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  Author: Janette Costin
  Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Space is all around.  Remembering the space behind us is very useful.  Most of the time the attention is towards the front, looking in the mirror, working at a desk or computer, cooking, conversation with others, walking towards something, playing sport etc  Balancing the attention towards the front with the thought of the space behind is one way of encouraging integration and balance through the system and helps bring the sixth sense into play.   

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"Use of the Self" - a puzzle?

  Author: Janette Costin
  Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Alexander teachers are familiar with the term "use of the self".  When a person looks puzzled it is a reminder that this could be an uncommon description of how thoughts and actions determine the way the body works.  Is the puzzled look remaining?  Perhaps.  Another way of thinking about the use of the self is asking how co-ordinated are we?  Is the muscular system working in a coordinated and supportive way to let the breathing happen with fullness and free movement of the ribs? or are there parts holding back and compressing the action.  

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Alexander Technique in Action

  Author: Janette Costin
  Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hello, the Alexander Technique - a mystery for some and a satisfying learning experience for others. 

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