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Finding calm through careful breathing

Breathe quietly in this way, sending your out-breath to the plants outside and observing the movement of your rib cage as you breathe. Don’t force anything, just observe.

Decide to make a quiet whispering sound on a particular out-breath… gently allow your jaw to drop down, have the clear intention that the roof of your mouth can lift, and gently whisper an aaaah sound (like the Doctor says “say ah” when they want to look down your throat!)

As your out-breath slows and turns around to become an in-breath, gently close your mouth and allow the in-breath to come in through your nose. Breath normally for a few breaths before repeating the process.

This is a very useful practice to help you go to sleep at night or if you are feeling upset or stressed.

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Such a variety of work locations!

I have had the privilege of working in three wonderful locations in the last week… The Kendal Physio Centre, Jigsaw in Mawdesley, Lancashire and Cumbria Therapies in Carlisle. Such interesting people to work with… I do enjoy my work!

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Stay calm, lie down and breathe

Christmas can be a stressful time… so much to do, presents to buy, food to buy, wrapping and decorations to get done… etc etc. All this extra activity can take its toll on how we feel. Taking time out to lie in semi-supine and just breathe can help to see you through… not only can you restore your energy levels, but you enable your spine to lengthen back to its natural length. When you get up, make sure you maintain the

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A very interesting day

Last Saturday I attended a Gillian Higgins, Horses Inside Out seminar. It was a really interesting day with lots of useful information put across in a very clear way. Gillian paints horses with the bones and muscles so that when they move you can see how the various body parts engage. We saw horses working in hand, on the lunge, doing dressage and jumping so that we had a complete picture of movement patterns… fascinating!

I found it extremely useful for understanding new insights into how I can work with horses using Tellington TTouch Training

www.horsesinsideout.com

 

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A busy time in Argyll

I have just returned from a busy few days working in Argyll. A good mix of Alexander Technique and Tellington TTouch Training for horses work in several stunning locations! I am back there on 22nd November for another 5 day visit, and look forward to seeing everyone again then!

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Lovely afternoon in Edinburgh

Yesterday afternoon my good friend and colleague Julia Woodman had an open day to celebrate the setting up of her new Alexander Technique teacher training school in Portobello, Edinburgh. It was so lovely to meet old friends and new who are supporting Julia in her new venture. Good luck Julia!

https://www.edinburghalexandertraining.com

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Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson’s

I spent yesterday learning more about Parkinson’s and how I might be able to help people with the condition to manage their symptoms better. We have a pretty good randomised controlled trial demonstrating that Alexander Technique lessons from STAT registered teachers such as myself can help people cope better, so I am looking forward to getting involved with the local groups in my area and making a difference.

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A lovely day? Maybe not for everyone

What a beautiful day! Or at least it is where I am in South Cumbria in the UK. The strange thing is that it seems to be very easy to assume that everyone is enjoying a lovely sunny day if we are ourselves. This is clearly not the case. This applies to how we perceive other people as well; I am feeling bright and sunny so everyone must be… aren’t they? What’s wrong with them? Well, there could be many things. I passed a line of funeral cars this morning, and I’m guessing the people in those cars may not have been looking bright and cheerful to match the day. We all are where we are, and cope the best we can. Applying the Alexander Technique in your life doesn’t remove the bad stuff, but it does help us cope with life so that we don’t have to collapse under the weight of it all. Being in the moment can help us notice the good things rather than dwelling only on the bad. The bad doesn’t go away but we can change perspective to look at it differently, and choose how we respond.

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New look website!

Please bear with me as I work on my totally new look website. I am using a different system and redesigning it so it will look a bit strange until I get it to a point I am happy with (!)