This video is for all of you folks with RSI, neck and shoulder injuries, and back pain. It’s one of the most common questions new students ask me about, so I thought it might be useful to share…and a nice excuse to get an extra nap….
MARCH’S THEME: PUTTING THE BITS AND PIECES BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
Why is it that we tend to break ourselves into bits and pieces when we train as performers and artists? Actors work on movement in one class, voice in another, alignment in one class, emotional freedom in yet another. Visual artists and writers are given no information at all about their bodies, with which they make art.
Because there are so many skills to learn, as a young dancer I lost sight of a fundamental truth: I live, move, breath, and act in every moment of every day as a whole person. Good alignment, easy movement, free and powerful voice, skillful use of materials, and emotional connection with self and others all come from the same place – me! They are all related.
The Alexander Technique gives you the ability to bring your whole self into any situation. In lessons and workshops you get support for making the conscious decision to stop breaking yourself up into tiny bits and pieces.
This unifying process has some wonderful, unpredictable side effects for my students:
– A student comes to me seeking relief from neck pain. What he gets is relief from severe anxiety that’s been plaguing him for years (because he is so worried about his neck, he started forgetting about the rest of his body, didn’t know where the ground was, and felt unsupported), and a newfound emotional freedom and ability to express his feelings to people he loves. His neck still hurts, but less, and he goes off to train as an AT teacher.
– Another student comes to improve his voice and breathing – and discovers that he hasn’t enjoyed movement AT ALL for YEARS. His voice gets more resonant and powerful after just 3 lessons, but he is most surprised to actually be enjoying the way his whole body feels when he gets out of bed in the morning.
– A student comes with severe pain and numbness in her arms and hands. She has been trying to stretch them and take care of them as best she can, but they just keep getting worse. We discover together that she has scoliosis and that there is a natural twist in her spine. She’s been trying to straighten it out and flatten her shoulders, which has tightened and weakened her whole back. She doesn’t need to stretch her arms, she just needs to leave her back alone so it can support her arms better, which it does quite happily, and she stops worrying so much about her hands…..
In other words, because everything is connected, you come for one thing, and sometimes you get another, better thing!
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