Awareness in Everyday Living
Friday 6 March, 2020
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost: $35 ($25 concession)
Join David Moore in this workshop in which participants will be introduced to the principles and practice of the Alexander technique in order to better understand the influence which often unconscious, habitual habits of tension, posture and movement have on their physical and psychological well being.
This workshop is part of an ongoing occasional, affordable series which will allow people to follow up and get further input from the teacher in the process of improving their overall use of themselves. The Alexander Technique allows us to find more ease and comfort in ourselves as we go about our everyday activities. It is suitable both for those who have had or are having Alexander lessons as well as people who are new to the technique.
This is the first of an ongoing occasional series of classes,
Our ability to move easily on our feet is essential for maintaining our maintaining our fitness and our enjoyment of life.
F.M. Alexander used the walking as example of the falsity of the adage that “practice makes perfect.” It that was really the case, he said, out walking should become gradually better and better the more we do it. But on the contrary, as people age many people’s walking becomes worse rather than better. Rather than the inevitable result of aging, he attributed this to the fact that their “practice” of walking was faulty and that the more they practiced these faults the more this faulty pattern became entrenched, setting up a vicious cycle of increasing dysfunction and pain. And indeed in the process of applying the Alexander technique we often see the supposed results of aging begin to reverse.
For many people this dysfunction may be caused or worsened by a traumatic event – an old sports injury, a broken leg etc. They will begin to walk in a way which takes the pressure of the injury in its acute phase. However, this modification of their walking can then become unconscious and permanent even after the injury has resolved. This sets up a vicious cycle, whereby this compensation for the original injury creates a lopsided and distorted pattern of movement which sets them up for future problems.
The Alexander technique approach identifies and then corrects faulty, and often unconscious, movement patterns. As we start to move out of these dysfunctional patterns, we begin to take the pressure off areas of pain or injury and begin to create a “virtuous cycle” taking the pressure off areas of pain and injury and allowing for nature to begin the healing process.