Free Alexander Technique to Your Email: Sarah Chatwin’s Seven Steps to Less Pain, More Poise

March 16, 2012

While there is no substitute for hands-on work and individual attention, these free 7 steps of smart Alexander Technique “reminders” make it worth it to subscribe.  The free e-course is called Seven Steps to Less Pain, More Poise. Put your name and email into the boxes on Alexander Technique teacher Sarah Chatwin’s site and the course is delivered straight to your in-box.

In the first step, Sarah asks us to try doing things with less effort. This reminder has been enormously helpful for me and I’m thinking about using less effort from playing flute and accordion to how I stand when I teach, to cooking, riding my bike, and so forth.  The other steps that have arrived in my inbox have also been wonderful reminders and I recommend them highly to all of you.  Here’s the first step, less effort:


Welcome to the e-course ‘Try This: Seven Steps to Less Pain, More Poise’. Thanks for signing up and allowing me a space in your inbox. Over the next two weeks you’ll receive seven emails, each one with an idea to try or a little experiment.

You’ll discover for yourself some of the principles that underlie Alexander Technique work. I’d love to hear how you get on, so please feel free to get in touch with comments or questions. And if you think the course would benefit a friend you could suggest they sign up here

Here’s Step One. Read this through, then try it out.

Pick up an orange. (Other round objects will do if you don’t have an orange).

Hold it in your hand.

Can you hold it with less effort?

Think about your hand, forearm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder.

Can you do less, but not drop it?

(It doesn’t matter if you drop it).

What did you discover?

We can always make less effort. Give it a try as you go about your day. Notice activities such as:

  • carrying bags of shopping
  • writing with a pen and paper
  • opening a door
  • preparing food
  • brushing your teeth

Choose something you do often, and see if you can use less effort to do that one thing for one day. Next day, try something else.

Let me know what you find out, and look out for Step Two the day after tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Sarah Chatwin

19 Bevan House, Boswell Street, London, London WC1N 3BT, UNITED KINGDOM

To sign up, visit Sarah Chatwin’s site at

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