You can apply Alexander Technique thinking to your life in a way that is uniquely yours.
Building Your Alexander Technique Practice
Alexander thinking, used regularly and consistently, will make a huge difference to your life. You apply your lessons to your life in a way that is uniquely yours.
You can use the activities in this section to create your personal Programme of Wellness, which you can organise to fit into your day.
Give yourself a good time frame for your initial explorations. A couple of months is good because it gives you the time to get used to this new way of thinking.
This means that you decide to follow this programme systematically, every day, for two months before you pause and take stock of your progress.
- Aim to do it every day.
- Start by choosing a time of the day when you can spend about 15 – 20 minutes on it.
- If you already have an exercise or yoga routine, you can just add 15 minutes of Active Rest to the beginning or end of your exercise.
This is crucial because
- Active Rest allows you to become aware of the tensions you’re holding
- It helps you challenge them at a deeper level
- It keeps the work of release going on underneath, even when you’re busy with other things
2. Focus on ONE activity out of all the ones that are given in these pages
You would probably find it easiest if you follow the order in which they are given in the website, starting with Sitting, and then moving on to Standing and Walking. This is because they move from the simple to the complex, and use the initial information as a foundation for the later activities.
3. Integrate your chosen activity into your day
As you go about the different activities that make up your day, try to apply the idea that you’re currently working with, in your work. For example, if you’re working with ideas on Standing, try to apply them when you’re chopping vegetables.
It’s a good beginning if you’re able to remember it even a couple of times a day.
Initially you might forget, but if you keep at it, you’ll find it becomes more and more natural to integrate AT thinking into the daily routines of your life.
4. Keep a journal of your observations
Note down anything
- that you might have observed as you were working with these ideas,
- in your own functioning that you think is new or unusual, without trying to label it as ‘good’, or ‘bad’.
This will give you a picture of the process you’re going through, and also sharpen your awareness of yourself.
You can even do it on your phone. Easy to do, and it takes only a couple of minutes!
5. Choose a different activity and keep going
Work with the activity of your choice for two or three days and then choose the next one on the list.
This way you
- have a chance to get familiar with something
- don’t get bored by doing the same thing over and over again.
By the time you come to repeat something, it will feel fresh again.
You also become used to applying the basic principles to different activities. This has two advantages.
- It helps you see how the same basic principles work in different activities
- It makes your thinking flexible, so that you can apply it to more of the things that you do in your day.
Give yourself the weekend off; don’t think about this, or engage with it, at all. It will help your system to process and integrate all the new information that you’ve been feeding it over the week.
Note: This won’t work if you’ve given yourself 3 days off during the week, and then faithfully give yourself the weekend off as well!
6.Use your journal wisely
At the end of the time period you’ve chosen, go back to your journal and read it through from the beginning.
If you’ve kept it consistently, it will give you an accurate picture of the process that you’ve been going through and the changes that have happened in this period. It will also suggest areas you may want to focus on, as you go ahead with this work.
7. Take it further
Now you can decide whether you want to keep going and make this a part of your life.
- If you’d like to work on your own, you can use the activities in Things to Try. Follow them systematically and make them a part of your day. You might find that it suits you perfectly well!
- If you’d like to attend some classes before you start off on your own explorations, go to Online Learning to check out what the possibilities are. At the moment I’m only conducting lessons online, but you can bring about an astonishing amount of change with online lessons!
- You can Contact me to book a free introductory online lesson straightaway, if that’s what you prefer.
To have a chance to make a change, you must pause and give yourself time. (Walter Carrington)