We call ourselves teachers of the Alexander Technique and our clients pupils. There is a reason for this. You the pupils are learning a set of skills which ultimately means you don’t need the teacher. The skills are self observation and self management. You observe yourself, often in situations where you don’t normally pay attention. How am I sitting on this chair; how am I digging the garden; how am I lifting this heavy bag? Am I doing it sensibly; am I creating tension or strain; could I do it better? In lessons, you learn how to do it better, how to organize yourself in the most skilful, most co-ordinated way.
Now in The Time of Corvid, there are no hands on Teachers. We are forced to test our skills. Having said we learn to not need the teacher, it’s very hard to be objective about ourselves. We have all had the experience of thinking we are doing one thing, only to find that we aren’t! What feels right, may be wrong. And what feels wrong may be right.
Everyone’s lifestyle has changed. Many are working from home on less than perfect work stations. Laptop on the knees, slumped on the sofa will not go well. We are less active on the whole, but with one intense exercise session a day. I have seen many people running who are obviously not used to running. Many people are attacking the garden with more gusto than usual. How many injuries are being created?
To all my pupils, if any of this seems too familiar, or if you are worried about anything and want to talk or try a Zoom lesson, please get in touch. I am not charging for Zoom lessons. If they become too popular or successful – I might start!
And watch this space, there could be more blogs.