A Question of Habit … and Principles
A Question of Habit …
The Alexander Technique has the reputation of successfully addressing “Use” related troubles.
Regardless of its applications, the process of stopping, recognizing and transforming the harmful and often unconscious habits that limit our ability to thrive, is in essence what your lesson is about.
The recognition of the force of habit, the ongoing impulse to do things in the same/familiar way, and its constant influence on our functioning is one of the five principles that define the A.T.
In weeding out “posture related” concerns you will also be establishing, and with practice, cultivating and with time be refining your ability to skillfully change course at will, so that you may enjoy thoughtful, flexible habits that serve rather than enslave.
Change involves carrying out an activity against the habit of life.
The five principles are set out by Patrick Macdonald, master teacher trained by Alexander, and teacher trainer, in The Alexander Technique As I see It, 1989.
I think it might be useful to list the items that, taken together, I believe makes the Alexander Technique into one unlike any other. They are:
Recognition of the force of habit
Inhibition of reaction to stimulus to overcome wrong habit
Recognition of faulty sensory awareness
The giving of Directions
The Primary Control
If one meets a technique that has some similarity to the Alexander Technique, run these five simple rules over it and see what is missing.
Lessons consist of deepening the practical understanding of these 5 principles under the hands and guidance of a ATC/CANSTAT certified teacher of The Alexander Technique in activities such as Constructive Rest Position as well as standing, walking, sitting and other more specialized activities.
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