Just Say No to Inhibition. Inhibition: A feeling that makes one self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way. Shyness, reticence, self-consciousness, reserve, diffidence; wariness, hesitancy, hesitation, insecurity; timidity; repression, reservation; psychological block; informal hang-up. Hindrance, hampering, discouragement, obstruction, impediment, suppression, repression, restriction, restraint, constraint, cramping, stifling, prevention; curb, check, bar, [...]
One of my Alexander Technique students just returned from Paris. He described visiting a museum called "Musee L'Orangerie". Before you enter the main part of the museum, you enter an entirely white room. The room was designed by Monet to serve as a decompression chamber between the bustle of the city and his work (the Waterlilies). This entirely white, empty, 'pause' room is a great metaphor for Alexander Technique's inhibition...
What if F.M. Alexander, the originator of the Alexander Technique, was born in 1969 in New York City, instead of 1869 in Tazmania? What would the Alexander Technique look like today? How would it differ? What can we learn about our habits and beliefs as Alexander Technique teachers and students?
How many times have we heard these phrases? "Just think it" is frequently heard during Alexander Technique lessons, and "Just do it" is heard everywhere else. (Thank you Nike.) Both phrases are valuable, or unhelpful, depending upon intent, timing, and intensity. And, what do we mean by "just"? Just do it. "Just " is commonly [...]