Category Archives: Alexander Technique

Sitting Upright Without Tension

99% of adults I work with cannot sit upright without creating massive amounts of tension in their backs. Since primary school age we've been told to "sit up straight" but never taught how it is achieveable without gripping the back muscles tightly. This infographic built by The Washington Post explains all of the reasons why sitting is bad for Continue reading ...

Bunions and Posture

While many women are paying large sums to repair their feet I'd like to help you prevent the need for surgery not to mention the pain and unsightly appearance of collapsed toes. The other evening at the retreat I was listening to a woman describe her foot pain and as I asked her to show me how she bends herself into chairs an audience quickly gathered for Continue reading ...

Breathing For Acid-Alkaline Balance

Last week I met a wellness crusader who frequents the retreat often for rejuvenation and reset. She has a team of people helping her churn out beautiful publications on self-help and quitting sugar. We talked about acid-alkaline diets, sleep quality and strategies for both. Nowadays the in-thing to know something about is acid-alkaline dieting so Continue reading ...

Chronic Pain and Your Perception of Injustice

My life changed the day I realised that my 5 years of chronic pain and back issues were not being caused by a whiplash injury at 19. The story I had been telling myself since that accident; the blame directed against the person at fault, the disappointing deterioration to my ski-paddling though I was training as hard as the rest of the crew, the Continue reading ...

Furniture For Primary School Children

The past few weeks I've been researching furniture for our local primary school. A new building has been approved and if I can find options that fit within the budget we could revolutionise school life for these kids. My dream is to turn this little valley school into a test case for Alexander technique and leading edge ergonomics within the Queensland Continue reading ...

Airline Seats and Nursing Home Posture

A picture says a thousand words but one phrase always gets me looks of fear at my weekly presentations. "Nursing home posture". Did you cringe? Well if you take a quick scan of yourself as you're reading this then it might add some weight to my point. My dear young mum, whom I'm on the way to see in Perth as I type in this story, lives in a nursing Continue reading ...

How not to use a smartphone waiting for a Tram

Waiting for a Tram in Melbourne the other day I snapped this typical scene beside me. Very few people don't use their smartphone like this young girl. Locked knees in standing posture already creates a compressing curvature through the lower spine. Add a screen held low and you've put the icing on the cake of postural degradation. The force of Continue reading ...

Slow Motion Fight or Flight

Most of us know the meaning of the term "fight or flight". Otherwise known as the startle pattern, it's when your whole system goes into preparation for a life threatening event. What is lesser known are the internal ramifications of such a bodily response. Let's look at the internals which just might help explain some of your health ailments and then Continue reading ...

Hairdressers Do It Tough

I worked with a retired hairdresser yesterday. I'd love to help every apprentice hairdresser not end up in her situation…or with her stooped posture. The truth is, humans only consider changing when their circumstances are so extreme that they have no choice. Can my client the hairdresser reverse the damage she's caused to her spine and shoulders Continue reading ...

Posture Pitfall For Children

A client of mine told me this week that since beginning Prep schooling (5 years old), her daughter's posture has deteriorated. "Why do you think this is?" she asks me. My heart starts to ache. I think of the thousands of children who prior to being schooled like sheep exist in a pristine movement environment. Their physical structure is supported by Continue reading ...