Does this turn things upside down?

I'm excited to announce a new development of the work, centred around the pulls to the iliac spines. (The pulls were introduced in chapter 7 of my book - see below.) And it turns some of the ideas and practices the other way up.

After two years of road-testing all the pulls with Alexander teachers around the world, we've discovered a more effective way to direct the iliac spines, and I'd love to share it with you.
It not only makes that pull more effective - yet gentler in its action, but also brings in a host of other benefits.

It simplifies the leg spirals and integrates all the pulls together, making them easier to take into movement. Out of this development, the hamstirng pull was also turned on its head, which enables a more seamless integration with Alexander's primary control (that the head leads the body into activity).

In themselves they are small changes. But the result is a far-reaching evolution of the work that - I feel - brings us ever closer to Alexander's own work, and to how we were evolved to move.

It's not complicated - it's quick to learn - and you don't have to stand on your head to do it!

For this month only: €10


Full price €25

I'm offering you the updated version of the pulls in a mini-course,
that you can apply while working on yourself or with your clients.

The full cost of this course is €25,
but as an introductory offer for the next thirty days it will cost just €10.

“I loved the new pulls – they work so much better for me. It seems to me that the old way was more of an effort whereas this new way is more of a flow." Jane Clanton Bick, AT teacher

This mini-course is for you

If you loved my book or online courses, and loved the pulls,
these updates are what you need next!

If you weren't sure of the pulls, or thought them too "doing",
then you'll much prefer this new approach!

Why use the new pulls?

They give the same amazing results as the old pulls
with many added advantages

  • The new pulls work with the direction of movement - forward and up - instead of against it

  • They facilitate natural breathing

  • They work with spatial awareness

  • They integrate all the pulls together

  • They simplify the leg spiral directions

  • They are easier for pupils to find

This mini-course includes:

  • An 18 minute video introducing the revised pulls and their benefits

  • A 24 minute video, looking in more detail at the leg spirals

  • New thoughts on the pulls - PDF.
    16 FAQs - all the main questions teachers and pupils have asked over two years, are answered in the light of the new developments.

Work along with Penelope

Step by step tuition as you explore

  • The videos teach you the new pulls step by step.

  • They help you compare the new and old methods of the pulls to make up your own mind.

  • You will explore the integration of all the pulls together and also to integrate them with primary control as you move.

Your FAQs answered

Teachers and students have many questions around the pulls.
The course includes answers to 16 frequently asked questions.

These include:

  • Why do you use the word "pull"? Isn't the word "direction" sufficient?
  • How does this relate to giving directions "all together, one after another"?
  • I want to start the pulls gently – how do I do that?
  • How can I check I am doing the pulls appropriately?
  • How do you integrate the pulls with primary control? 


Remind me - what are the pulls?

The pulls are active self-stretches,
which you can use for yourself
to open out deep tensions in your body

The pulls are not for using singly and symptomatically.
They are designed to work together, to give us expansion of the whole torso and limbs. Once learned, we can access this any time.
You can free out deep tensions, and increase elasticity and tone - for yourself. It feels great! Until these were discovered, we needed hands-on work from an Alexander technique teacher to do this deeper release work.
The pulls were such a game-changing discovery for me that I was keen to share them. I've watched both AT teachers and students get as excited by them as I was. So I was pleased to introduce them in Chapter 7 of my book "The Alexander technique, twelve fundamentals of integrated movement", published by Handspring publishing, 2021.
I always knew this work would evolve, and more would be discovered, bringing more ease, flow, and non-doing. I wanted to find a better connection between the conscious work of quiet inhibition and spatial awareness, and the physicality of the pulls.
And now it's happened! We’re all very excited by the revised pulls. They keep all the benefits of the first forms, but with much greater ease, flow and integration.

"One of the things I particularly found from doing the ch 7 explorations was how incredibly free my neck was, and it was a different understanding of neck free in relation to AO joint, pelvic floor and T8 area. As I did the elbow pull, my torso opened up in all directions giving me a profound experience of opposing pulls throughout. It occurred to me that these pulls helped organise my system very clearly without interfering with head spine relationship, or without doing/overthinking forward and up. I experienced everything coming together, all at once." Julianne Everleigh, AT teacher

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction – Why revise the pulls?

  • 2

    The revised pulls

    • The revised lower body pulls

    • The revised leg pulls and the muscle spirals of the legs and feet

    • Answers to frequently asked questions about the pulls

Launch price €10

for thirty days only

Full price €25

Facilitator

Penelope Easten

Penelope’s story. I initially read zoology at Cambridge university. I took my first lessons in 1983 and qualified in 1989 from the North London Alexander School (Misha Magidov). After training, my use fell apart, as no-one had taught me to work on myself. This took me to Miss Goldie, who stripped away everything I had learnt, and rebuilt it as she saw the technique should be - a scary process! I worked with her for four years, and that began a thirty-year journey to understand the differences and power of Miss Goldie’s amazing work. It has taken me to many other teachers – including Erika Whittaker, John Hunter, and Jeando Masoero, and to many avenues of exploration and understanding – both scientific and alternative. From age seventeen, I also battled with another 30-year journey - with chronic fatigue syndrome. This is now sorted, but after it I needed to rebuild tone and strength, and increased calm and resilience, which this work has enabled. I have been teaching workshops on Miss Goldie’s work since the Oxford Congress in 2004, in UK, Ireland (including the Limerick Congress), Germany and America. My book: The Alexander technique. The twelve fundamentals of integrated movement was published by Handspring Publishing in March 2021. I live and work in County Clare in the West of Ireland with my husband, cat, two dogs, and a beautiful view. I am passionate to share this work that can bring us such renewed vigour, sense of youthful springiness and calm presence.

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