We’re approaching the holiday season, which can be filled with joy, friendship and fun. But it’s also the darkest and busiest time of the year, and it’s easy for many of us to get stressed out and over-drawn in our energy. At this time of year, I’m once again so appreciative for the wonderful tool of the Alexander Technique in which I have extensive training, both to use myself, and to teach to others. Many people think of the Alexander Technique as being about good posture, but in our training we talk about good “use”. This “use” is about how we react and act with our whole being – physical, mental, and emotional – to everything around us.
We are constantly bombarded with stimuli, from both outside and inside ourselves. Most of us have reactions to stimulus that take us out of our integrated and effortless self. We get pulled off balance in many ways (physical, emotional), our reaction can involve too much effort (tension), we focus only on an end goal at the expense of the rest of us, or we push harder when we are tired, resulting in even more fatigue. The Alexander Technique is a tool for choice: finding micro-moments when we can choose awareness, balance, ease, poise, fluidity, support, release, and the effortlessness of our natural movement.
If you haven’t yet tried the Alexander Technique, I invite you to give a gift to yourself: the gift of self-care and good use. If you have tried it, I invite you to take time for a refresher lesson, and to practice using the tools in a more conscious way during this demanding month. Every micro-moment that you choose a different reaction adds up to a whole different state of being.
For more information about the Alexander Technique: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 250-716-3464.I wish you the best of the holiday season!