A few insights about why I do the work I do…

Alexander Technique Congress 

As I leave my week of being soothed and nurtured by the presence of knowledge and caring for ourselves and our Alexander work; I realize this is our work. As Roshi Joan Halifax said we are “participant observers” with a “foundational quality of balanced compassion”.
Roshi’s descriptive words are so profound and create such clarity for me in why I do what I do.

In our world we experience such fragmented attention to ourselves and the environment around us; this can cause us to be ungrounded and a disconnect to our well being. We offer our clients a door into the calm that we long for.

This is what Darrell said about relieving his back pain…

 

My client, Darrell (not real name) has had lower back pain for many years; and the other day when we were working together on postural habits and walking; he discovered that if he pushed into his foot too hard with excessive effort, his back pain flared up.  So we explored how he could place each foot on the ground with “just enough” weight to keep balance and good posture and his back pain subsided. He used the term “efficiency in movement”.

Darrell went off feeling so empowered that he could now do something in his daily activities that would change the pattern he had been using for walking to a more “easeful” way to move that relieved his discomfort. He realized it was about practicing new ways of learning about his body and his movement.

 A colleague had this statement about learning about our movement and I think it speaks to Darrell’s surprise! “The appropriate amount of surprise, at the right moment, can awaken curiosity and a sense of aliveness.”