It is December 11th, 2016 at 6:10PM, so I don’t know when it is now. But Trump is the President-elect, and from where we now stand, especially in here in NYC, things look challenging. Daunting. Great. Hopeful. Horrifying. It depends on your viewpoint. Millions of people are no doubt in shock while others are joyful. [...]
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?