My best thinking about the technique as of this moment…
The Alexander Technique is about letting go. Yes, letting go of pain and anxiety and habits that we no longer want, but also letting go of our need to see things go a certain way, be a certain way or move in one direction. If we let go of the perceptions we cling to, there is more space for other pathways, directions, and movement in our lives. The letting go process isn’t easy, mostly because we often need to let go of something that we don’t want to or that we don’t even realize we need to let go of. The beauty of it is, Alexander Technique isn’t one more thing you need to do, but rather it is a tool to help you lighten the load and create some space for things you really want to do, be and have in your life.
What is it all about?
Undoing, deturtling, letting go…in support.
The Alexander Technique is a bit counter-culture and counter-intuitive. Instead of giving you exercises and things to do, it is about undoing. Undoing patterns of holding and movement; undoing habitual thinking patterns that show up in the way we hold ourselves and present ourselves to the world. Undoing unnecessary tension and excessive doing so that we can find optimum movement, new ways of perceiving ourselves and the world and letting go of manufactured support and using the support that is already there, right now in the present moment. Most often people start feeling comfortable in their own skin, find freedom of movement they forgot about from their younger days, and have a renewed sense of energy and sense of space the opens up their vision, choices, outlook on life, their neck, back, ankles, elbows and minds, to name a few.
Possibility and potential. More choices, More freedom. And more comfortability. That is what the technique offers. And the beauty of it, you can do less, not more. More space in your back, life and mind. You can breathe again when you make use of the support available to you in this present moment.