John Nicholls – Primary Control: what, why and how?

By Jane Refshauge

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John Nicholls – Primary Control: what, why and how?

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


In his 1973 book The Alexander Principle Dr. Wilfred Barlow, husband of FM’s niece Marjory Barlow, wrote that: “Alexander and some of his supporters at one time seemed to impute an almost magical significance to the “Primary Control” and some of his medical friends gave him information about “controlling centres” in the mid-brain in terms which seemed to imply a subjective awareness of such a centre, which should exert a Primary Control over the rest of the body. Shades of Descartes and his Pineal Body!”

But then I have a copy of a letter from FM to Frank Pierce Jones (given to me by Frank in 1973/4) in which FM wrote: “There really isn’t a primary control as such. It becomes a something in the sphere of relativity.

“What should we make of this now, in 2020?



February 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Jane Refshauge


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