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Is Your Head Screwed On Right?

Anatomy and Art, Cartoon by Kirsten Harris 


Is your head screwed on right?


I love the way our language and the phases we use reveal so much on closer inspection! We might say ‘so and so hasn’t got their head screwed on right!’

It’s a cheeky way of saying someone’s thinking is out of balance – faulty!

Someone with their head ‘screwed on right’ is conversely seen as balanced, sensible and wise.


I love the suggestion in this common phrase that the balance of the head is key to our ability to think clearly, rationally!


Anger, frustration, trying too hard or slumping and other distortions of the physical balance etc can all lead to a sense of not having your own head screwed on quite right! A kind of feeling or emotional condition where you know that there is nothing really wrong, but don’t feel quite right.


The Alexander Technique is a fantastic way of discovering how the balance of the head atop the spine facilitates freedom and ease emotionally, mentally and physically.


The compromised shortening of the muscles in the neck when your head isn’t ‘screwed on right’ aka in balance,  can lead to many unhelpful conditions that are commonplace in this modern world.


The lack of balance of the head and accompanied tightness in the neck and domino effect through your entire system can lead amongst other things to feelings such as anxiety or worry, defensiveness and anger,  as well as of course, pain.


To end, I question as a society in general, whether we have our heads screwed on right?


Body Magic by Kirsten Harris







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Stopping Permitted!




Stopping Permitted!


You might think that it’s easy to stop! How difficult can it be to just lie down and stop for a few minutes. All those juicy benefits should make it most appealing…


– a lengthening spine

– rehydrating vertebrae

– adrenalin leaving the blood supply


to name just 3 physical benefits let alone all the amazing mental, emotional and creative benefits …..








So stop today…..

What excuses do you make for not stopping?








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Are you ‘musterbating?’

Are you musterbating?


Are you ‘musterbating’? I know I am! I must do this, I must do that!  I must, must, must….cut the grass, wash up, earn money, be more fabulous, write a blog, build a platform,  get fitter….fill in the blanks…..

It’s enough to drive a girl mad! The pressure I can put on myself, only serves to shorten and tighten me ultimately. Short breath, short muscles, short bursts of activity. In short!  I must stop ‘musterbating’!


Stopping really is an art. Knowing when to stop, spotting the moment to put down the brushes, not to speak, not to react. Stop and chill… But do we ever really practise stopping and  question what it means to stop. Consciously stopping in the moment for a breather, a moment of wonder, to just smile, to be grateful for simply being alive. I’m a master of ‘mustology’! But stopping… Stopping to let my neck be free, my shoulders drop? Stopping to tune in to how I am.


Stopping is an amazing way to take care of yourself!


Or stopping in a more full-stop kinda way, by laying down on the floor in semi- supine for 15 or so minutes. The amazing  Alexander Technique position of mechanical advantage, that very quickly restores your muscles into a lengthened resting state and allows your intervertebral discs to rehydrate.  The more often you rest in this way and do nothing the more you will get out of it! It’s the art of non-doing…


So guess what? I must go and lie on the floor NOW!

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Hurry Up Habit!

Hurry Up! Hurry Up! Hurry Up!



Can you feel the pressure in the words?

Are you giving yourself hurry up instructions?

Is it really necessary?

Can you ease on your hurry up self talk today and ease up a little?

What happens when you do?


There’s no rush! What’s the hurry?

Where are you going so fast?

Does your breathing get shallow and short when you’re always in a hurry?

Does it make you feel stressed, anxious, under pressure?


How about stopping for a bit?

Just a little pause to reboot and upgrade!


The daily ease says lie in semi supine for 15 minutes…..

Slow down for a breather!

It might just speed you up…..

Now there’s a thing!


Breathe Media Download – Here to help you!


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There is plenty of time

There is plenty of time!

Hurry up thoughts can cause us to tighten our necks, backs, shoulders and hold our breath.

There is plenty of time!

Time to let your neck be free, release your shoulders, breathe into your back.

Plenty of time to look after you amidst all the hurry and worry.

Plenty of time to look after yourself during all the fun times too.

Even something simple like thinking of your breathing right now, will change it for the better. And that is simply taking time to look after yourself. How easy is that…


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Reaction Awareness

Alexander Technique – a way of becoming aware of our habitual reactions.

How about creating an easier day by changing one reaction today?

You might just change a negative situation into a positive one today, by simply changing the way you react.

Or perhaps choosing not to react at all.

Let your creative mind have a chance to find an easier solution by not reacting habitually.

Just a thought!

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Is my jaw tight?

Am I gripping and grinding my  teeth clenching my jaw, gnawing on a problem?

It’s an incredibly strong muscle, masseter. the big jaw muscle, which can cause headaches, gripping on either side of your skull.

Today can I just let my jaw have a bit of a rest!

A bit of space, a bit of a smile.

It’s jaw awareness day. Yawning, ‘jawning’, smiling, easing.

It’s dawning on me now, release my jaw!

Don’t need to get a grip!


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Hang out in your shoulders!

Shoulder blades hang down your back and move freely over the rib cage.

Don’t hang on, shouldering problems, hang out!

Can you mentally hang out  in your shoulder blades today?

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Aching Muscles

Stop, stop, stop, lie down, think into that aching muscle.

Especially when things ache we need to let go!

But funny old human, we are more likely to try and run away from the pain, than pay attention to the call, the shriek, the nag of that aching muscle –

‘Pay attention to Me!’

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