I don’t usually talk about me in these blogs. After all, you are Alexander students, not Karen Evans students. This week is an exception.
I recently read a wonderful, moving article about Jenny Wilson-Best, a professional opera singer who still sings despite advanced MS(*). She ends:-
My body is quite crippled now but I sing. With a single note you can express all emotion….anger, joy, confusion, love, bitterness, calm. If you sing…you can fly.
I have ME(**) rather than MS. I won’t die of it, but I have had it for 19 years. While I am not crippled, for all that time I can’t sing. I can’t do aerobics, tennis, or hill walking. I can’t change the bed, or do the weekly shop. I can’t walk as far as the end of my road and back.
But I can teach.
And for the half hour of the lesson, I can fly. When I teach, my illness is not a problem. In fact, in many ways it makes me a better teacher, because when a student says they are having problems with pain, or with moving, and their life is constricted, I really do understand.
But when I engage with a student at a level that really will change their life; when I take on the challenge of drawing out their own ideas without scaring them away, and of illuminating FM Alexander’s ideas in a way that makes sense, and gradually makes them realise what they are capable of – my own restrictions disappear. Just for that little while, I fly.
I started learning the Alexander Technique to get more mileage out of the little energy I had available to me. And it has been, and continues to be very successful in achieving that end. I certainly couldn’t teach(***) without using the Technique in my own movements, constantly, every day.
I started teaching the Alexander Technique because it was interesting and I could fit it within my energy levels. I didn’t expect it to give me wings.
(*) you can read the full article here: http://www.littlesoprano.co.uk/post/46892058354/in-the-ls-spotlight Jenny is holding a Gala concert in London on April 25th, to raise money for REVIVE MS Support. Anyone fancying a great musical evening, details are in the article.
(**) now usually called CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
(***) or cook, dress, drive into town or a lot of other things.
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