Do you ever do deep thinking, so deep that you can’t do anything physical?
The garden is ignored
The car needs a wash
Planning goes out the window
The only thing that matters is deep, deep thinking.
Well, I discovered last night I’ve been doing it for the past few years. It was a shock but it answered at least one question that has been lingering with me.
I thought that learning to be an Alexander Technique Teacher was all about thinking, I did a lot of thinking, thinking about being present, thinking about being in the here and now, thinking about where my body is in relation to gravity, thinking about my head neck back relationship, thinking about not doing anything. There’s more but that will do and you have got the idea.
I was thinking about far too much.
My blogs past will probably say as much.
Last night I discovered that there are two parts to Alexanders discoveries,
In reverse order there is an activity plan.
This is how you do something, playing golf, running, singing, brushing your teeth, you name it you have an activity plan. To become professional or just good at something, unless you have natural talent, you will seek out a coach to learn the why’s and wherefores to the activity you want to learn. Have a coach is a fast track to your success, they help you to miss the short falls on the way to being good at your dream. This is the second part and I guess you will be familiar with it
The first part of Alexanders discoveries is
The co-ordination plan
This is how you use your body in your activity plan, this has two basic parts, firstly you need to know how your various joints operate and where they are, not where you think they are but where they physically are. Secondly having thoughts about how you move your body in space freely without any undue stress or strain.
Putting the two plans together, and hay presto your activity is undertaken with a lot less stress and strain.
There is a catch, probably only available to Alexander Trainee Teachers, they turn the second part of the co-ordination plan into their activity plan. Everything eventually crawls to a halt and deep thinking emerges and physical activity stops, a vicious circle. The thoughts of freedom turn themselves into tight muscles as the vicious circle rotates whilst you are using your senses to notice freedom. Tighter and tighter until your stuck in the perfect Alexander Student position, straight back, tight neck. All the time thinking this is what freedom feels like.
I’ve been there and done it. I even got the badge!
The co-ordination plan should be a light touch over the activity plan, they work together not inside each other.
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