DON'T HOLD BACK !
How would you define the wind?
The wind blows but how do we know it blows? It is invisible, is it not?
We may feel it on our face, appreciate the difference it makes to the temperature of a room, or see it move leaves on trees. We can’t see it, but we know it exists. We take its existence into account when building bridges or planning flight paths. While it may be invisible it has a direct effect on this physical earth we live on. It is important to the nature of things. It is even more important to recognise its presence. Ignoring it does not make it go away.
Your posture is the physical effect of everything you have thought and done in your life. You may not have realised that but every invisible thought you have effects your muscle tension and therefore the shape of your body. Thoughts and actions are repeated many hundreds of times a day and so shape you. You can see the results of a trauma or accident in a limp, or restriction of movement. You can tell when someone is feeling down by the way their body is. You can see small changes from the norm that leads you to suspect something is going on for someone.
My teenage body was busy adjusting to hormonal changes, hiding a quickly growing chest, dealing with being tall and sticking out among my group. I desperately wanted to fit in, not change, be the same. Little did I know that these normal uncontrollable invisible events effected my confidence, posture and my thinking; my whole life.
The invisible has an effect on form. Recognising the invisible force is important. In the case of posture, an invisible but controllable force is thought.
Alexander Technique can be like the wind. It is hard to define what the technique actually is but it has an effect on form. Alexander’s work is about focus. Focusing the thoughts or imagination of the mind on the intended activities of the body. And then allowing the effect of these thoughts to manifest in the physical form.
Wind blowing on sand will create a shape or imprint according to the direction of the wind.
Muscles of the body will let go or tighten with the direction of thought. Over time they will change in their coordination and definition so your whole body looks and moves differently. Your physical form is effected by invisible thought. When thought is in conscious control then you have power over your form, your posture.
Learning the Alexander Technique has helped me fit into me. My thoughts were focused on what others thought or escaping from where I was. Directing my thoughts to my body has helped me accept what is. My height and chest are not a focus or problem. My whole body is what I am interested in and so my form, my posture is alive.
Have you thought about your posture like that before?
Let’s play with it.
Imagine you have received some bad news, and have deadlines overwhelming you. You are feeling unwell and under pressure.
What have those thoughts done to your body? Is there more or less muscle tension? Where do you feel it?
Now let’s play again.
Imagine you have just completed all your deadlines, received accolades for your work, and your favourite friend is visiting town and you will be going to see your favourite concert/team/event.
Give yourself time to register these words.
How does your body feel now?
Has the tension increased or decreased? Where in your body are you feeling this information?
Was it easy or hard to imagine?
The fact is you have never left where you are. All that changed was your internal thoughts. Someone watching you would not know what you were reading, it would be invisible to them. But could they see a difference in your form, your posture? Could you feel a difference in your body, in yourself?
So posture is a continuous mindful experiment. How you think effects your shape. Ignoring it does not mean your round shoulders, neck tension, back pain or stress will go away.
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.