DON'T HOLD BACK !
In 2008 I took myself on an adventure to Central America. It was fantastic. A great big adventure, that is at the top of my travel memories. Before I left I set up a Wordpress blog to write an account of my travels. One day after a spectacular trip to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala I wrote a long blog. It was my first and my last, until now.
Why? Well I was too busy having a good time to stop and write. But also who would read it? Who cares about my holidays, apart from those who are on it with me? Once I had written it, I didn’t really want to read it again. I’d rather be in the moment enjoying the time, than thinking about how to capture it for others.
So 8 years later I am blogging. But this time it’s for another reason. People want to know what it is I do. Alexander Technique continues to be an unexplainable mystery, even to those who are well practised in the art. Every time I meet someone and they ask what I do, I hear myself saying something different every time.
“It helps you manage pain and improve performance.” (Vague)
“It opens up your choices so you can use your body in many different ways.” (Abstract)
“If you play golf it helps you be a better golfer.” (Subjective)
“Using your body according to how it is designed.” (Practical)
“Mindful use of your body.” (Zen)
“Turning on your internal superpower.” (Idyllic)
The truth is, if you know how your body works you can drive it well to perform whatever you want it to do. Driving your body well can prevent injury as well as enhance performance. It was after all a voice problem that led FM Alexander to recognise his habits versus natural movement. He learned how to allow your design to work for you, by getting out of the way, rather than working hard. Life can, actually, be easier.
I found this out too, when I applied the work. But I promise, you’ll get more of that later.
My aim with this blog is to reach people in meaningful ways and help them discover bits about themselves that can make life easier. This Alexander work needs to become a common tool for every woman, man and young person, and not just an elite tool for performers, or last resort for those in desperate pain.
It is in fact everybody’s birth right. These powers to heal, self-support and thrive are in you. It is just tapping into it that is the challenge. That is why we need a teacher, to show us the way.
Alexander Technique is not a miracle cure all. It is a set of tools to manage a healthy lifestyle, or to explore habitual barriers to create new levels of achievement, whatever your field.
It’s great stuff. Ask anyone who has used it. So my job is to share it with you.
Your job is to ask questions. Don’t Hold Back.
I look forward to meeting you.
I am Fiona and I am exploring themes of meeting resistances and allowing ways through. The constant weeding, recognising the stuff that's in the way to live easier.