About Dodman

frontpage1Dodman teaches the Alexander Technique in West Sussex. He also trades the financial markets. He keeps chickens, listens to Mike Oldfield and John Cale, gardens, writes and paints, is keen on astral travel, horse riding, cycling and tennis, loves the sun but lives in England, and believes in energy systems unknown to physics. His real name is not Dodman.
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2 thoughts on “About Dodman

  1. Hi Nicholas,
    I am an Alexander Tech teacher in Melbourne (but I am English – originally from Hertfordshire).
    I wanted to thank you for your very interesting article on The Use of the Hips. I loved my AT training but since graduating and wanting to set up my own practice, I have recognised some shortcomings that have led me to take lessons with Jeando Masoero in France. Basically – the relevance of that, is that he notice some asymmetry in my walking which led me to searching about hip flexion and I came across your article.
    It really made sense to me and I can see that from my training (which may have been my erroneous take on it but I think it’s unlikely that I’m alone after your article) that we also spent a lot of time slowly coming onto standing on one foot and keeping the pelvis as still as possible. My impression was that as Alexander Tech teachers – if someone was looking through a window just at our heads when walking – they should seem to glide smoothly as if floating (I think similar to your description). I also remember a story about someone who brought a trolley of ?food into an Alexander Tech convention who found that unlike the general public, who would move out of the way of the trolley, the AT teachers would freeze in front of him and he would have to move around them. I’m sure that wasn’t rudeness on behalf of the teachers as I have rarely met such a friendly bunch of people as a whole, but I think it is the unidimensional nature of the work with all that sitting and standing and a rare twist just for fun.
    Anyway – sorry for rambling but I tried your brief summary of Hanna’s exercise and was fascinated to note a slight resistance and tightness on the right hand side when standing on the right foot. It’s the right foot that likes to plant on the midline on walking – getting in the way of my left foot. Anyway – after a few goes – I really felt that it freed up my hips and made my walking feel much more natural again. My next plan is to work on the shoulder girdle movement so I will have to get Hanna’s book for more details (although Jeando has been brilliant and will probably have something to say about it).
    Thank you again and it’s great to see some honest exploring and critique of the AT on the internet which can help us all.
    Kind regards,
    Ruth

  2. Sorry Nicholas – I didn’t realise that the above comment would be published on your About page. It should have been on the Use of the Hips page.

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