I've just given a talk on the Alexander Technique to Class 5C at Akiva Primary School. Some great questions, including from one boy who asked whether, if we'd had a habit for many years, it took the same amount of time to get rid of it. In reply, I quoted Mark Twain: "Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time."
Yesterday I caught part of 'Piano Movements', a surprisingly interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 about the challenges of piano removal. Presenter Nick Baker asked the boss of a piano removal firm, "What makes a perfect piano remover?"
The answer: 1) They take their time; 2) They have good balance - they can balance the piano rather than lift it all the time; 3) They have very good co-ordination; 4) They use technique so that they don't need to use so much physical effort. - All qualities which strike a chord (ho, ho) with the Alexander Technique...
Happy New Year! If you spent a lot of time sitting down over the past week, this 3-minute clip might inspire you to be less sedentary in 2014. Click the button above to watch it.