Actors often talk about an 'outside eye' looking at them and judging them. It can prevent them from being present in the moment and therefore spoil their work.

The outside eye is an imaginary critic and it's not just actors and other performers who f...

In her drama school training Natalie Dormer studied the Alexander Technique: 

'When you work the unnatural hours that actors work, and when you fly as much as we do, you have to pay attention to your body—or else you’re a disaster ready to happen'    

All celebrity...

In many sports you are required to make rapid mental calculations to estimate where the ball is going to land as it spins its way towards you. If you can meet it at just the right moment you can send it off to a new place and increase your chances of winning.

All of thi...

In 17th century Scotland, the birthplace of modern golf, players wore clothing to battle the harsh Scottish weather, hence tartan. Where has all the tartan gone?

I remember when my aunt used to play golf, many years ago now, when wearing tartan was definitely the thing...

'Tech Neck', is becoming a global epidemic thanks to modern technology. 

I'm referring to the pain you get in the back of your neck from spending too long looking at a screen - be it on your laptop, computer, gaming device, mobile phone etc. 

The neck, indeed the wh...

In this amusing cartoon the chap is digging himself deeper and deeper into a pit in his determination to hit the ball. We can relate to his sense of frustration as we all have those days when trying harder just doesn't seem to get us where we would like to be.

As an Ale...

Which of these two golf postures is best?

Hopefully it is obvious that the one on the left, where the man has a straight back as opposed to a curved one, is much better. His head, neck and back are nicely aligned which gives him a mechanical advantage over the othe...

Last weekend I went away for an intensive bit of CPD with my old Alexander teacher John Nicholls. John was one of the principals at the college where I did my three-year teacher training about 25 years ago. He hasn't changed all that much to look at, which in itself is...

September 1, 2019

As we all know, horses can be rather large. Forcing them to cooperate with us would be difficult but coercing them, fortunately, has brought dividends over many thousands of years. Whether you view a horse as a cognitive animal or an animal of flight, it's unique behav...

September 1, 2019

This image was recently posted on Dressage Academy's Facebook page and I'm afraid I find it hilarious. There's something very amusing about seeing someone having a fright - in this case that someone being a 800kg horse.

A fright involves what's known as the 'startle pat...