• Catherine Nasskau

Focusing on the breath, 100 years ago

Updated: May 10, 2020

Yesterday I was looking through old photos I had not seen before with my cousins. I knew my grandmother had been a speech-therapist (a leading figure at Central School of Acting) but I had never seen pictures of her in action. She also published writings about speech-therapy, and in particular how stress and fear can increase speech problems, such as stammering. It was rather humbling to realise that almost a hundred years ago Granny was encouraging young people to focus on their breath so as to reduce stress. Apart from the hats, this scene could almost be a one of my mindfulness sessions with children. Her name was Muriel Wigglesworth and she is at the front near the camera. I think we even have the same shoes!

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