Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alexander Technique, Feelings

I was pretty quiet during my Alexander Technique lesson today.

My teacher asked me what I was thinking.

“I’m thinking about asking my… for a loan,” I said.

“Oh,” she said. “I’d be glum too.”

My teacher worked on my shoulders and back. I was holding my shoulders close in to my body. I was hunched as I dreaded the big ask.

As she helped me widen my back and my shoulders, to lengthen my torso, and to send my head forward (in relation to my neck) and up, I felt my glum mood lift and I started smiling for the first time all day.

I suddenly felt incredible freedom in my back. I felt light and joyous. I hopped around and laughed. I moved in and out of the chair with ease. I was a changed man.

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