Reflections on Previous Groups

Are you sitting comfortably? Reflecting on week 1 of this term’s groups

This week saw the start of new Alexander groups in Manchester and Macclesfield. Some students are completely new to the work, others have attended previous group courses or had some 1:1 lessons. I asked them all what they hoped to gain from our shared study of Alexander and why they had come.

Some folk mentioned improving their posture – how they stand and walk and sit. And we will work on those important topics. Others spoke of reducing pain and stiffness – and many people find that Alexander work achieves those things. Several spoke about movement – they had come because they wanted to move more easily, more gently, more enjoyably.

One spoke movingly of how her work in previous groups had increased her confidence, reduced her anxiety and pain (and medication!) and how this profound work had transformed her life. Sometimes it does that – we come for a bad back, we discover a lifetime’s study that can change how we are in the world. It can go very deep!

And we made a start by looking together at sitting and sitting bones, at sitting more comfortably. We discovered the joy of knowing that sit bones are also called ‘ischial tuberosities’ and resolved to use that knowledge frequently in the week ahead and to drop the phrase into conversations wherever possible.

My regular students and I learned Bruce Fertman’s ‘dolphin’ movement together. There was laughter, learning and, I think, a bit more freedom in movement by the end, for all of us. I was certainly smiling more, less tired, more optimistic. I LOVE working in groups 🙂 My students are a reason to be cheerful. Ischium_02_anterior_view

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Reflections on Previous Groups

Reflections on the Alexander Technique

Today was the final session of the first 10 week Alexander Technique course that I have run in Macclesfield.

And I asked what my students had learned and what they thought of the course. They said……

‘It’s a safe space’

‘I have loved coming’

‘I’ve started a journey and I have a long way to go’

‘It’s much wider than I thought’

‘It’s about enjoying life’

‘It’s been about space – space within and space without’

‘I’ve learned to stop and think before I move’

‘It’s been an oasis in my week’

People think the AT is about posture….and it is….and it’s about so much more, too

 

And Lucy seems to have enjoyed it too….IMG_20190403_123442

Reflections on Previous Groups

Deeply flattered Am I….

Here is a poem by one of my extraordinarily talented students! Thank you Martyn Potts 🙂

#AT* @ UC

 Mind-forged chains around your head?

Too stiff to get out of bed?

Back-ache, neck-ache. Is this you?

This is what you have to do . . . .

 

Lose the habits that cause pain,

Come to AT and you’ll gain,

Some Zen, some real tranquility,

Ease of posture, a NEW ME.

 

It’s for him and it’s for her,

For any age, we don’t prefer.

AT has an open mind,

So, try it and you just might find

 

Your aches and pains soon dissipate,

Every Tuesday, don’t be late.

Ask for Jenny, female Yoda.

Not Pilates, not like Yoga.