Marjorie Barstow


American Master of the Alexander Technique

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He creates a feeling which stiffens the direction.

It's only if she starts pulling down that her attention needs to go to her head and neck.

The only time I fussed with you about feeling is when you set yourself to feel right.

You stopped that constructive thinking that wouldn't have allowed the habit to take place.

He puts the mental state at the end of the process--that's upside down.

It's so simple it's shocking.

There is no right place, there is just a little bit more ease.

You'd better talk about a 'preventing', because if you talk about a 'keeping', you will stiffen.

He was scared as he was keeping his mind on what was bothering him, instead of looking for what to change.

Marj: "Why aren't you moving?" Pupil: "I thought about not stopping my head." Marj: "There's that negative thought--that's why you stiffened. That's why I let you talk--you give yourselves away."

Thinking and moving are the same thing--don't wait for perfection.

Your sensory mechanism becomes more and more reliable but you trust your thinking first.

How we get ourselves into this mess I don't know; but this is a way to get out.

Maybe he was pulling his head back a little--but he got a little improvement.

Up is not a position.

You've got so many "nots" you'll never undo yourself!

I am not making a mechanical person out of them: I want my students to know what I am doing; know how they experience it; talk it over with them.

My job is to help make you sensitive. What you do with your sensitivity is your own business.

What are you waiting for? You're setting your head and waiting to get a right position.

I don't know why you are pushing there? You've got some kind of idea--let's see what your idea is.

Nothing will move if you don't engage their mind.

When I help her she relies on her feeling, because then her feelings are freedom and ease.

I don't let you take all that time before you start because you're trying to feel you're right and that's end-gaining.

Once the pupil sees it for himself, he can make the change without any trouble.

When you don't feel some stiffening or pressure, you don't know what to do.

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American Master of the Alexander Technique