Housework – the dreaded hoovering

Hoovering can be uncomfortable and can make your back ache.  What can happen is that you stand fairly still and overuse the arms – pushing and pulling with your arms, making loads of effort.  This leads to bending forward, often putting strain on the lower back.  Here are some ideas to experiment with: Make the handle […]

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Success can be something that is gentle. It doesn’t have to be huge. Most importantly, we don’t have to keep measuring ourselves up to bigger definitions of success and consequently feel like a failure. This poem written by Ralph Waldo Emerson sums this up beautifully.  It was recently read at my friend’s mum’s funeral and […]

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If there had been a pill that worked……

Here’s a video from a news interview in the States explaining the Alexander Technique.  Karen Krueger was a senior lawyer for 25 years who had to stop work for a while due to the terrible pain in her neck and shoulders.  She had Alexander Technique lessons which made a huge difference and she subsequently retrained […]

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Glass with toothbrushes inside

Mindfulness in the Morning

Are you on automatic pilot in the mornings? Do you have a morning routine, particularly on work days, that is completely mindless and habitual.  Here are some things for you to think about: When cleaning your teeth, are you bent over the sink, arching your back? Are you gripping tightly onto the toothbrush? When shaving, […]

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Drawing of the three arches of the feet. Plantar vault

The foot arch(es)

It’s generally assumed that each foot just has one arch that runs along the inside of the foot.  Actually, this is one of three arches. Thinking of the base of the foot as a triangle, we can draw a line from the heel to the base knuckle of the big toe and then to the […]

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