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...
Balance in the seven realms

Balance in the seven realms

I’m happy to be back running again. I had stopped for about three months and I had a hard time making it a priority again. I had all these other important things to do. But I started to realize that I was missing something in order to have balance in my life. (But...
My struggle with how to hold my violin

My struggle with how to hold my violin

I’m going to go out on a limb with this blog. I don’t know how best to hold my violin and I’m frustrated. What I do know is that if I keep doing what I do know, I won’t be able to do something I don’t know, to paraphrase the words of F.M. Alexander. I don’t know how...
Are you scrunching your neck to look down?

Are you scrunching your neck to look down?

Looking down without getting a crick in your neck The other day a woman coming for Alexander Technique classes remarked that everything we do at home and at work involves looking down. And she showed me how she has to look down at everything, from the phone on her...
Inner coordination to do what you love doing

Inner coordination to do what you love doing

Have you ever had to play an instrument or do another activity with an aching back or tense shoulders? All the musicians who came to the Alexander Technique for Strings Players the other day either had some kind of pain or injury, or had had the experience of playing...
Upwards and onwards

Upwards and onwards

For me, the greatest part of traveling is getting to see friends and family and build new friendships. Once I get where I’m going it’s great, but the getting there part sometimes isn’t so fun. Have you had to travel for a really long time in a car, plane, train or bus...
Dealing with the stress of driving in snow and heavy traffic

Dealing with the stress of driving in snow and heavy traffic

The other day I drove to Helena, MT, in the rain and snow for some DiscoverEase in Movement classes I was teaching. I passed a lot of trucks spitting up more water onto my windshield along the way, and it was snowing as I approached MacDonald Pass, at 6,300 ft. The...
Pushing a vacuum and other chores that get you down

Pushing a vacuum and other chores that get you down

Every kind of movement you do is fair game in a DiscoverEase in Movement with Alexander Technique class. Just the other day, I explored with someone how to push the vacuum cleaner without having her back hurt and ending up so exhausted. We realized that her focus as...
The “biodiversity” of movement

The “biodiversity” of movement

I recently participated in a permaculture workshop, and one of the classes I attended was about how to build beautiful soil from hard ground. The teacher was passionate about her subject, and I couldn’t help reflecting on the similarities between her advice on soil...
Looking up

Looking up

I’m often asked how can you look up without scrunching your neck and compressing your spine. I agree that tasks that involve looking up are challenging, whether it’s looking up at a screen, painting your ceiling or gazing at the stars. When looking up or looking down,...
How to protect yourself from chronic pain

How to protect yourself from chronic pain

Lately, mainstream news has told us that yoga and other types of exercise do just as well as physical therapy to improve chronic pain. Why is that? In this series of blogs I’ll talk about what pain is, how it works and why it’s so important to understand it. Solving...
You can protect yourself from chronic pain

You can protect yourself from chronic pain

Chronic pain can be present without actual tissue damage, or even after tissue damage has healed. It can be triggered when your brain weighs all the factors and determines that you are in danger. You can protect yourself from – and reduce – chronic pain by...
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