The Knotty Problem of Awareness and Articulating

The Knotty Problem of Awareness and Articulating


How can we prevent ourselves doing something we don’t want to be doing?  How is this possible when we don’t even know what it is we’re doing?  Why would we want to open this whole can of worms anyway?

To take the second point first: what happens in Alexander Technique lessons (and between lessons if we, ahem, do our ‘homework’) is that we start to become more aware of some of the things we’re doing.  Over time, we not only notice more and more, but we can learn to articulate to ourselves what these things are.  By ‘things’, I mean unnecessary tension and the thinking behind - the cause of - this tension.      

In a lesson, you might make some lovely changes, experiencing ‘stopping stuff’; muscles relaxing, easing up.  It feels good.  You might then ask “how do I do this for myself?”  Well, one of the ways is to become more articulate about the labelling – the “oh that’s what I’m doing!”

Tight muscles mean that you are tightening them.  If you stop, they’ll no longer be tight.  This sounds simplistic of course, but it’s just true.  The hard bit is finding a way to stop the thinking that causes us to tighten muscles unnecessarily.  In the Alexander Technique, we’re not working on muscle, but on thought. 

How can you undo those knots in your shoulders?  It depends to some extent on the causes.  With some disease, or if you’re bashed up from falling off your bike, those knots won’t necessarily respond so well to the Alexander Technique.  But in the absence of injury or disease, you can stop making them.  The knots don’t ‘go away’.  You stop making them happen. 

Imagine life without those knots… Go on - open that can of worms…

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