When we talk abut the “means where by” what we mean is what happens from the start of a activity to the end of the activity. That is usually the time we have no idea about. That is the time we need to be aware of. Examples we can are; how do you we hold our toothbrush while brushing, what happens when we run late? How do we take the time while putting on our coats, boots, gathering our keys, closing the door. Can we do less and notice how we are tightening and compressing, could we direct our heads out & away.
Vocal health Un-slumping:
Singers and executive speakers think your body as a large container that the sound moves up & out of. Undo the slumping and lengthen up through that whole container. It’s elegant not because we are trying to be elegant but because we are unslumping and the sound carries up & out.
So it comes back to your being able to make a choice. Not that this technique give you the “right answer” but it gives you something different than what you’ve been doing and it also gives you a means for choosing.
As an Alexander Technique teacher my job is to teach my students how to become more organized. Meaning to have them notice their habit, own it & let it go. What happens is they then get organized by not doing their habit and the “right ” thing does it self, ie: organization. More on this later
So now we know more then we did before about the spine.
More fact about how we might “use” ourselves around posture and uprightness.
I like to think of the spine a a long beautiful pole that has 3 curves, moves & has flexibility.
WE want to think about LENGTHING through the spine, not pulling down and collapsing.
So what do we mean when we say that. It is usually when we feel back pain, compression and are folding in 1/2 under our rib or any other place through the spine. We want to un-do that and length up, out through our heads. Like a whale with a spout!!! UP TO THE HEAVENS!
more to come…..
With the over use of our devices we have developed unhealthy habits around our spine.
Tips for the year regarding our spine are:
1- there is no hinge in our spine, meaning we all collapse under our ribs trying like “mad” to put a hinge where there is none.
2- good new, we have a hinge it is where our legs meet our torso, pelvic girdle.
3- Still good news: we can pivot there to move through space to reach our computer, to reach across the table to get the salt, as we stand at the sink and wash our dishes or fill the dishwasher, or pick up the baby.
4-Now we are getting it… more later
ENJOY THOSE LUSH JOINTS TO PIVIOT FROM!!
Some more food for thought: this teaching, Technique does not give us/you the right answer but it teaches/gives you something different then what you’ve been doing and it also gives you a means for choosing.
What this means is you now have a choice you can do the old thing, habit or you can make a choice not to. And in doing that you undo the old and something new/different is available. More about that later…..
Dare to be wrong. Take a chance to find out what you do that is causing the discomfort/habit, and allow me to give you an experience that you don’t know nor feels right.
Students often say “I feel crooked, I feel uneven” at the end of a lesson. I then ask them to look in the mirror and to their surprise they are upright and straight. The new experience is now in the body and possible for them to find again.
Working with my student this week I am reminded something Walter Carrington talked about something called ”taking time”.
When we go to do something we often are rushing what if we came back to ourselves (here is jargon) so I am going to explain to you what I mean. We want to stop/pause whatever we are doing in our rushing and notice the tension we are using and do it with less tension undoing our habit. One moment a millisecond, I promise this takes little time to notice. It is the noticing that we then can free ourselves to direct out our heads and go on our merry way doing our task. It will happen with less effort/tension and much more joy.