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Grahame Fagg

Grahame Fagg (1916–2002), doctor and pupil of Charles Neil.

Life

Grahame Fagg qualified in 1938 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and served in India during World War II. He joined the Luton Children’s Annexe in 1950, before moving to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and later joining the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.[1] He was Consultant paediatrician in Hitchin, Luton, and Stevenage 1950–80.[2] [3]

Fagg came across Charles Neil and his version of the Alexander Technique when searching for help in treating asthmatic children. Fagg became a supporter of the Technique and of Charles Neil and was a consultant to Charles Neil’s Isobel Cripps Centre, probably 1956–58. Fagg very likely had some lessons with Neil, but mainly taught himself through a process of self-exploration which he presented in his book, Posture, Poise and Positive Health.[4] It was published posthumously by his wife, Christine Fagg, in 2006.

Fagg believed that any emotional stresses in childhood results in fixed body postures that remain with us throughout life.[5]

Writings

  • ‘The deeper significance of posture and movement’ by Grahame Fagg considers the origins of misuse in children such as mimicry and the adoption of fixed postures containing chronic emotional states; it also speculates as to the psychological significance of various parts of the body.[6]
  • Posture, Poise and Positive Health by Grahame Fagg.[7]

Excerpts from Posture, Poise and Positive Health was published in Alex Murray’s booklet ‘Charles A. Neil – Recollections’ though it is not certain that Grahame Fagg’s views are representative of Charles Neil.[8]

Reviews

  • Posture, Poise and Positive Health was reviewed by Jean M. O. Fischer.[9]

See also Charles Neil.

Christopher Grahame Fagg *1916 – †2002

References

[1] Herald & Post, The Luton News, 25 April 2006.
[4] Posture, Poise and Positive Health by Grahame Fagg (Capella Archive, 2006).
[6] ‘The deeper significance of posture and movement’ by Grahame Fagg in The Alexander Journal no. 6 edited by Wilfred Barlow (STAT, 1968), pp. 25–28.
[7] Posture, Poise and Positive Health by Grahame Fagg (Capella Archive, 2006).
[8] ‘Charles A. Neil – Recollections’ by Alexander Murray. Online PDF at https://mouritz.co.uk/260.libraryitems.html.
[9] Posture, Poise and Positive Health review by Jean M. O. Fischer in Conscious Control vol. 1 no. 1, edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (Mouritz, 2007), pp. 92–95.
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