How a Cure for Chapped Hands is an Exercise in Changing Habits

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rubber gloves

I live in Minnesota. The winter air is cold and dry (think major static cling!)

I’ve a tendency towards itchy, dry, sensitive skin. In the winter, if I’m not careful, it quickly gets out of control.

It’s not just that my chapped hands will remind you of an alligator—the skin can crack and bleed.

I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and creams. And if you don’t know the difference between a lotion and a cream—well, in the winter here you want hand cream, not lotion. The thick stuff that you just take a little dab of and spend a minute or two gently massaging into your skin.

But using hand cream often during the day is not enough for me. Continue reading “How a Cure for Chapped Hands is an Exercise in Changing Habits”

Don’t Compress Yourself (improving your posture by doing less)

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spring being compressed

One of the skills that students of the Alexander Technique learn is how to Direct themselves or give themselves Directions.

There are a set of traditional Directions that come down to us from F.M. Alexander, the founder of the Technique. They can be a bit baffling at first, especially without the aid of a teacher.

Therefore, I find when initially introducing the idea of Directing yourself it’s much better to start in a simple way with the bigger picture.

Think of it as learning to see the Forest first. Then the Trees. Continue reading “Don’t Compress Yourself (improving your posture by doing less)”

Shazam! (why good posture is like a healthy diet)

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child with magic wand

I just finished teaching a three-week introductory class in the Alexander Technique.

At the first meeting, I asked the students to write down how they define posture. The point was not to have the right definition. The point was for them to consider how they were currently thinking about posture.

At the last meeting, students shared what they’d take away from the class. Continue reading “Shazam! (why good posture is like a healthy diet)”