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  • Give yourself a short period in a semi-supine position (see picture) on the floor once a day. About 10-20 minutes is fine. Think about letting the neck be free and allow your whole body to lengthen and widen as your taut muscles give up their unnecessary tension and free up.

  • Go over your lesson in your mind. Much of what your teacher has said may be new to you. Don't try to grapple with everything at once. If there is something that puzzles you make a note to go over it at the next lesson.

  • Try to think of any persistent bad habits that might be causing you difficulties—spending too long at the computer, getting cross to easily, shouting, road rage, clumsiness that leads to breaking things—anything that gets in the way of good functioning.

  • See if you can catch yourself out using more effort than is necessary. Give some attention to everyday activities you would normally not give a thought to. Some of the most harmful behaviour is carried out on autopilot. Do you slam doors, is your step on the stair loud and heavy—are you a white-knuckle teeth cleaner? See if you can say no, and not be quite so unnecessarily forceful.

  • Try to say no to hasty activity: answering the phone before it has time to ring, racing to answer the door, reacting without thought. Instead wait just a moment and stop the immediate reaction, consider what you can drop from that reaction that might be termed misuse.

  • Alexander is not just for special occasions or activities. Incorporate the thinking into your everyday life.

  • Last Updated on Sunday, 28 November 2010 10:52