Hello my friends,
One of my just-beginning students felt the need to understand what will happen during lessons in the Alexander Technique, in order to fully be engaged in doing the work. Good point! He requested a "how-to" book and I offered two suggestions.
He looked online and wrote back that there were positive reviews of one book, however there was one negative review and he was concerned. What was the problem? Someone - it happened to be a chiropractor - couldn't understand how to do the process, after reading F.M. Alexander's own description.
I tell you, it is a thorny issue, because the problem is part of the answer.
The reason that it is so difficult to learn this method from a book is that we can't feel correctly, what we are doing with our bodies. If that doesn't make sense, try thinking of it this way. If we could feel what we’re doing that’s connected with our bad posture, we’d fix it. Therefore, the logical conclusion is that our inner sense of our bodies isn’t giving us a true picture.
That's what this method is all about. Alexander Technique trues up this inner sense so you feel what you are doing in the right way and self-correct. It is a skill that you acquire and can use for the rest of your life.
My (hopefully new student) wanted to understand this process, so I sent him a simple explanation of how it works.
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Keeping it Simple: Better Posture, Better Functioning