I suspect that once you read this, it will make Alexander Technique sound like snake oil. But think about it for a moment. Imagine if you could get a user manual that would sharpen your own fallible human perception while providing easier movement. Wouldn’t that be a useful foundation for the unlimited learning of anything skill you’d want to do?
It’s tricky to put Alexander Technique into words, but here are some ways to describe it…
- Learn living anatomy and effortless control of freer movement. By uncovering what’s in your way that you have forgetfully only gotten used to doing.
- Learn to refresh muscle memory, so you can respond to what’s new instead of reacting with the old same thing.
- Gain insight, impulse control, evoke flow, & speed up training & practice time
- See where someone is going to move next, (great for being behind a video camera.)
- Get more benefits & discoveries from practicing your favorite skill by using effortlessness. Experience a signature feeling of a “flow or lightness” during lessons and practice.
- Find out how to learn new tricks, even when you feel like you’re an old dog. Find out how to get better at what you love, even if you’ve given up on it!
- Uncover strange, new abilities and senses that you never knew you had – by freeing your perceptual assumptions.
- Sharpen impulse control, go beyond conditioned reactions and assumptions and set aside negativity – all by making a physical movement in an easier way.
- Get a first-hand experience of directed body-mind unity, “flow,” a peak experience!
- Aside from time it takes to learn, benefits of Alexander Technique carry into any other activity. To use it, you “direct” yourself differently; no special practice hour once you know the skill because it combines with every action.
Six lessons will get you a taste, and usually in less than thirty lessons you can have a useful skill for life. Sign up for and experience an Alexander Technique lesson series or workshop today!
A feature of Alexander Technique is that it teaches the ability to tap the unknown for new information. These points outlined below can be applied generally to any discovery process. In Alexander’s case, his interest was how to learn a new way to speak onstage how he loved to do, despite having learned to unintentionally repeat what brought his performance to a standstill and appeared to actively sabotaging himself by losing his voice.
Exactly how do people handle what is challenging, a bit scary and undefined? What makes people become ready and willing to question their own ways of doing what they do? What are “questions that matter” and how do we learn to form them for ourselves?
- How Can I Make It Safe?
- Identify and suspend former conclusions and partial solutions
- Ridicule self preservation so you can increase your ability to take risks
- Physical safety – just a bit of “insurance”
- How Can I Make My Experimenting Memorable?
- Characteristics of making discoveries about the unknown – so you can recognize them when they happen
- Using more senses will make learning faster – cross-referencing perceptual senses will help reveal physical assumptions trained unconsciously by repetition
- Record yourself, keep a journal, use technology, use another person, even just a mirror is useful for feedback on what’s happening
- How Can I Observe to Perceive What I May Be Missing?
- Change the speed of the action
- Description blow-by-blow what’s going on, as it’s happening
- Humor and paradox are also a feature of discovery; make it laughable
- What’s a Better Question?
- Learn the lingo – if you don’t have words for factors, tricky to ask about them
- Interesting – clueless – many-faceted – there are many flavors of questions
- How Am I Concluding, and Despite What?
- Describe what happened that you didn’t think was useful – what’s implied?
- After describing contractions, objections, go again to “check out” your conclusions
- Rinse, Wash, Repeat
- Take breaks, pause.
- Ask, “What happened before my discovery happened?”
“What can I do to take this discovery further?”
So – I’m curious what else might work for you to evoke new information or experiences?