Coordination and Experience in whatever you do.
Unwind your Thinking and Discover new Possibilities.
FM Alexander talks about the ‘use of the self’, and ‘conscious constructive control’.
The Alexander Technique teaches us to flow into movement with minimum effort. We look after our ‘means-whereby’, and find a quieter yet more dynamic tone and quality in our actions - the activity does itself.
The Alexander Technique enables us to direct our thinking in such a way that we change how we habitually ‘use’ ourselves.
As we become clearer in our thinking, we become freer in our movements - we begin to make choices as to how we wish to act rather than reacting unconsciously and instinctively.
We find a clarity, focus and attention in our thinking which allows us to be in the moment - in the ‘now’. We stop ‘endgaining’ and enjoy the process of ’non-doing’.
Pain and stress cause us to tighten and close ourselves in, and contract
This can become a habitual reaction. If we suffer severe pain this can lead to depression, just as, if we are depressed we can feel out of sorts physically.
The Alexander Technique offers the possibility of acting in a different way by sending orders or directions to ourselves which will allow something else to happen.
Instead of tightening, perhaps we can stop for a moment and allow ourselves to release. We bring our conscious thought into the process and find that we are taking back responsibility for ourselves allowing change.
Did you know that in Mongolia they have a saying "if you have to rush, rush SLOWLY!"
Isn't that great? Imagine the Mongolian herdsmen galloping across the vastness of the Mongolian steppe and yet being aware of the space all around them - and then think about pushing through a shopping mall and only noticing the lack of space! Why not "stop and let your head go forward and up" and find that the crowds melt away and even in the crush of shoppers you have space.
At the last minute I went to see a live performance of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake the other week - it was fantastic! I had seen it on Television but the live performance was amazing - the swans were full of menace (something I don't remember from the original Swan Lake). The dancing was inspirational. I now want to see the traditional Swan Lake again.
Enjoy the next few weeks to the 25th!
I came across a very interesting article the other day by Benedikt Negro - a star of Cirque du Soleil - I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think....
BodyChance Los Angeles Alexander Technique presents:
Benedikt Negro Residency
Benedikt Negro, star of Cirque du Soleil's O is coming to BodyChance Los Angeles to teach and perform.
|BENEDIKT NEGRO ON PERFORMANCE AND THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE:|
"I am a pantomime. As the lead actor in Cirque du Soleil's 'O', I portray a mischievous and highly agile character. Alexander Technique helps me to keep a hunched back while I jump in 10-foot paces and stop on a dime. Besides the effectiveness in creating a visually provoking character, Alexander Technique also helps me to stay injury-free. Running and jumping with bent knees and a hunched back was causing me pain in the past, so I received massages and conditioning from my physiotherapists on stuff.
From Kate I learned that powerful movements in a restricted position can be done with ease, and then don't strain the body. It has been 4 years that I don't need extra conditioning or massages anymore, while performing a schedule of 10 shows a week."
|- Benedikt Negro|
Performers and athletes work at a very high level of coordination and excellence. Precision, routine and discipline are of the utmost importance, as well as creativity and innovation. Balancing these elements in a competitive environment is both demanding and thrilling.
The Alexander Technique is uniquely valuable in that it is something that can be used in any moment- onstage performing, between shows, waiting for an entrance, on a long plane ride, or rehabilitating from injury and fatigue. The Technique can help you effortlessly move from intention to execution, increasing vitality and finesse.
|Performers + Athletes who work with the Technique experience:|
* Increased strength + flexibility
* Freedom from pain + injury
* The ability to manage stress and quiet their own nervous system before, during + after competitions and shows
* Increased capacity for recovery and rehabilitation
* Greater artistic freedom
* Longevity and variety in their careers
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When I came across the Alexander technique all those years ago I was in a mess - physically and mentally - and I knew that unless I changed something quite fundamental in myself I wouldn't be around much longer. I had heard about the Alexander technique at university years before but (though I undoubtedly was in need of it then) I hadn't seen its relevance at that time. But when I picked up a leaflet and read 'why not change the habit that's causing the problem' I decided to investigate and went for a lesson.
I discovered that the journey of change was possible and that it was a fascinating journey - and the journey continues to this day. I remember a teacher saying to me as he looked out of the window to the crowds going along Oxford Street - 'look at those crowds rushing all over the place, aren't we lucky to have the Alexander technique... while they are losing their heads, we can keep ours!'
On this wild and squally autumn day - it's invigorating and fun to look out and enjoy the change of seasons!
Next time I will give you 3 tips for improving your posture.