Tips for balancing and avoiding falls

Tips for balancing and avoiding falls

Meeting the ground quickly usually isn’t fun. Here are some tips for staying balanced as you walk. Tip 1: Let your head balance on top of your spine Do you know how much your head weighs? Roughly 10 pounds! If your head isn’t balanced on top of your spine,...
Communicating genuinely

Communicating genuinely

I’ve been told I mumble. My parents tried to get me to stop mumbling but didn’t succeed! Not long ago I was told I speak fast and mumble when I’m nervous, so I decided to try to figure out what I was doing so I could stop, so I could communicate more...
Changing the world one reaction at a time

Changing the world one reaction at a time

Where is this work taking you? That’s what I was asked in a conversation about the processes Alexander Technique can take us through. My conversation partner was telling me about his growth toward greater wholeness, and his question to me led me to reflecting on...
Tips for turning down pain

Tips for turning down pain

Most of us have learned that pain means there’s something wrong in our body, and when there’s not, we may be told “it’s in your head.” Fortunately, we know better now. You can experience pain without damage in the body, and you can have tissue damage without pain....
September classes and St. Luke Healthcare Foundation auction

September classes and St. Luke Healthcare Foundation auction

You can bid on 4 online Alexander Technique sessions at the St. Luke Community Healthcare Foundation online auction taking place September 21 – September 25. Visit https://one.bidpal.net/stlukefoundation to bid on that and other donated items. Money raised this...
What do your arms do when you’re walking?

What do your arms do when you’re walking?

Did you know that your arms are very important for walking? But just how are they involved? If we watch people walking around going about their business, we may notice a gazillion different ways in which people use their arms. In walking, arms move contrary to the...
Ankle movement

Ankle movement

How much variety of movement do your feet and body get? What sort of surface do you usually walk over? If you’re like me, you usually walk on flat, even surfaces in your shoes. This last weekend I got out for a nice hike in Rock Creek. My feet and body got a delicious...
Discover ease in walking – tips and upcoming classes

Discover ease in walking – tips and upcoming classes

1) In image 1, I’m pulling my head down and pushing it forward as I brace my torso and arms, limiting my stride. 2) In image 2, my head is releasing up, allowing my body to lengthen and my limbs to move freely. Walking is a fantastic way to get moving and...
Strengthening your core just happens – Don’t try to do it!

Strengthening your core just happens – Don’t try to do it!

I’m going to say something a little controversial here: it’s not a good idea to strengthen your core. When you work on specifically strengthening your “core,” the tendency is to emphasize musculature that is already involved in habitual gripping and holding as you...
Improve your breathing

Improve your breathing

Hello all! There’s one really important thing that many breathing exercises don’t take into consideration. And that is that any exercise that manipulates your breath is restricting the free and natural movement of the groups of muscles in your torso involved in...
New free online stress reduction class

New free online stress reduction class

Free Stress Reduction class Based on the Alexander Technique Monday 4/13 at 6pm Wednesday 4/15 at 12pm Learn how you can reduce stress now! Taught by Mari Hodges Sign up at https://my-site-109208-104020.square.site/ More information at...
Free and Regular Online Classes

Free and Regular Online Classes

Hello all! In addition to the free online Stress Reduction class on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 pm. US Mountain Time, I am offering free mindful movement mini classes via Facebook Live every day this week! Since all the in-person...

Protocols to prevent spread of COVID-19

I have implemented the following protocols in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health of everyone involved, especially those at higher risk. I always wash hands before and after classes. In addition to washing my own hands with soap...
Moving mindfully to reduce pain and strain

Moving mindfully to reduce pain and strain

Hello all! It’s easy for us to fall into habits of tensing muscles, pulling in and pulling down. Tensing muscles is a natural response to the cold and to stressful situations, and we tend to make that a habitual activity. Habitual tension then feels normal to...
Thank you and free online class!

Thank you and free online class!

Hello all! This Thanksgiving I want to share how grateful I am to life for giving me this opportunity to touch so many people’s lives in a positive way, helping people to turn their pain and tension into expansion, ease and conscious choice. It is such a high for me...
Alexander Technique sessions in Helena December 2019

Alexander Technique sessions in Helena December 2019

I will be in Helena, MT, again on December 13 and/or 14 offering private and semi-private Alexander Technique sessions. Please contact me to schedule. Advance reservations are required. 50-minute sessions are $60. ← How to help yourself get out of pain Part 2...
How to get yourself out of pain Part 1

How to get yourself out of pain Part 1

The first thing to know about pain is that it’s all in uour head – but that doesn’t mean pain isn’t real! ALL pain is real and is an experience that’s created by your brain when your brain considers all the information at hand and decides...
How I overcame pain

How I overcame pain

  Do you experience back, neck or other pain that lingers on? Or that keeps coming back? Maybe you tried going to physical therapy, medication, exercise, massage, alternative therapies? All of those are great things to do and each one has it’s time and place....
Try this experiment

Try this experiment

Hello all! Movement of any type is almost always better than not moving at all, but how you move matters. Doing exercise is great, but generally speaking, we take our postural habits into every activity that we do. When we take unconscious habits of tension into our...
BIG Announcements!

BIG Announcements!

Hello all! The first, very exciting announcement that I would like to share with you is that I will be offering Alexander Technique in three new locations. They are: Wholistic Healing in Ronan, MT, starting August 1 Wholistic Healing has a philosophy of providing...
Using power tools with ease using Alexander Technique

Using power tools with ease using Alexander Technique

When we have an important goal in mind, like getting this fence fixed, we tend to try to achieve the goal at any cost to our own self. It seems more important in the moment to just get something done, like that last bit of work on the computer, or getting to where...
Unfettered by delusions of perfection

Unfettered by delusions of perfection

I learned a couple particularly helpful lessons at fiddle camp last week, and I’d like to share one with you today. It was when banjo and guitar teacher Clark Wyatt said that all of his favorite humans and musicians embody one thing, and that is that they are...
Allowing ease as you pick up a dog

Allowing ease as you pick up a dog

Snoopy helps demonstrate using the Alexander Technique for greater ease while picking up a dog. The way we habitually bend can affect the way our body looks and feels. Volunteering and working an Alexander Technique booth at a dog show in Missoula, I was inspired to...
Discover ease in gardening

Discover ease in gardening

Gardening can be very enjoyable, but we can often find ourselves contorting our body and ending up very uncomfortable. Here are some tips on making bending in the garden easier and more enjoyable. As always in this series, I want to give you an idea of what I’m...
Alexander Technique and the art of vacuuming

Alexander Technique and the art of vacuuming

Keep your springiness as you do your spring cleaning, or “Alexander Technique and the Art of Vacuuming”! Vacuuming can be a strenuous activity, or it can be an opportunity to lengthen and move easily (and get a little bit of exercise!). This week I want to...
Using less effort to walk up stairs

Using less effort to walk up stairs

This week’s topic is walking up stairs. As always in this “The Art of Doing Everything – Undoing to Do” series, I’ll give you my interpretation of what is contributing to my use of my body in each photo rather than say that a particular way is right or...
3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Part 2

3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Part 2

3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Losing Touch with Yourself In my last article, I wrote about “stretching your attention muscles” instead of “focusing.” Here’s another reason why not to concentrate and what to do instead.   When...
3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Part 1

3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Part 1

3 Good Reasons Not to Concentrate – Part 1 “Concentrate!” we’re told, in order to get things right. Is that really the best idea? Does it really help? Here are three reasons why I think concentrating generally isn’t a great idea and an alternative.   When you...
Weekly DiscoverEase in Movement Class in Charlo

Weekly DiscoverEase in Movement Class in Charlo

In this gentle movement and walking class you’ll learn how you can move more easily, be upright (sitting, standing and moving) with less effort, tame your pain and reduce stiffness and stress. The Alexander Technique is a unique educational approach to using...
DiscoverEase in Walking Workshop

DiscoverEase in Walking Workshop

DiscoverEase in Walking class Monday, June 25 9:00 – 11:00 We’ll have fun with some illuminating activities that will help you walk easier and more freely, so you can get more enjoyment and benefit out of walking, as well as get to where you want to go!...
Postural health in the workplace

Postural health in the workplace

If you’re like most Americans, you spend more than 50% of your waking hours either at work or getting to and from work*. That’s a huge percentage of life. All the more reason to care for your postural health in the workplace. But a staggeringly high percentage of...
3 steps to stop contributing to your own pain

3 steps to stop contributing to your own pain

Pain and stiffness often come from using the body in a way that is contrary to its design. For example, many people hold up body parts with muscles that aren’t meant to do that job. Here are three ways you may be “holding yourself up” unnecessarily and one way to help...
How to help yourself get out of pain – Part 2

How to help yourself get out of pain – Part 2

Today I want to share with you a KEY factor for helping yourself get out of pain. Movement and exercise are essential for a healthy body and mind, but HOW you go about your activities is equally, if not MORE, IMPORTANT! In my last article I shared my own experience...
How to help yourself get out of pain – Part 1

How to help yourself get out of pain – Part 1

Do you experience back, neck or other pain that lingers on? Or that keeps coming back? Maybe you tried going to the doctor, medication, exercise, massage, alternative therapies? All of those are great things to do and everything has it’s time and place, but I’d like...
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