Posts by Heart Hand

The Enemy of Creative Expression in Musical Performance

  I love working with performing artists of all “stripes,” but especially musicians. In the classical music world—where I have spent most of my musical life—the discipline is often arduous, and sometimes musicians can lose their dream, their passion for making music, in the task of acquiring a technique adequate to play very demanding works…

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Computers, Sitting, and Pain: The 20-20-20 Rule

Many of us find ourselves in front of a screen for hours during the day, mostly to our detriment. We may experience eye fatigue and blurriness of vision, tight and achy muscles, sore joints, mental fogginess, and even sluggish digestion. If these long hours are the result of a job sitting at a desk, there…

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Means and Ends, Part 2: Playing a musical instrument

In the previous post, I explored the concept of “end-gaining”—Alexander’s term for ignoring what is happening while we focus all our efforts on achieving a goal. Since end-gaining is the basic mode of our culture, we do it without knowing it. Mostly this is to our detriment. Nowhere is this more evident than in playing…

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Means and Ends, Part 1: Running

One familiar quotation you may have heard is this: “The end justifies the means.”  Or maybe it is in the form of a question: “Does the end justify the means?” In the Alexander Technique, we could firmly answer, “The end does NOT justify the means if the means causes us to distort ourselves psycho-physically [F.M.’s…

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Help for Back Pain

  Back pain is one of the most common complaints in our culture. It is also something the medical profession has found almost impossible to treat successfully. ~Drugs may dull the pain for a while, but they run the risk of becoming habit-forming. They also dull other senses and fog our thinking. The drugs themselves…

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What is “Beyond” in “Alexander Technique and Beyond?”

While my work is often healing in many ways, it is not in the form of treatments. Rather, each person gets to connect with their own Inner Wisdom through one of the modalities, and through practice, they can access this source of wisdom and healing for themselves. I am there both for instruction and support—a…

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Stressed? Who isn’t!!!

In the very stressful times in which we live, so many distractions are available that we are rarely present in the moment, rarely even “in our bodies.”  All our energy is in our heads. We are not grounded. Not being grounded or present in the moment or “in our bodies’ creates stress in itself.  Add…

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What is the Alexander Technique?

Alexander

When people ask me what I do and I say, “I teach the Alexander Technique,” their usual response is a look of puzzled curiosity and the words, “What is the Alexander Technique?” My “elevator response” is to say, “It is a way of getting out of your own way.” Some people immediately recognize what that…

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Meet Your Guide

Heart Hand

So, who is this person who is inviting you on a journey of learning and healing? I am first and foremost a teacher. I have taught many things, but my current passion is teaching the Alexander Technique, which I do at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and in my private studio. I…

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Welcome to The Alexander Technique and Beyond!

Heart Hand

Writing a blog is a new venture for me and I am really excited about the potential for spreading news about the work I do and how it might help you or someone you know! From time to time, I will post notices of classes or workshops that I am holding. Also included in this…

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