Earlier today I came across this…
My introductory group … turned out to be especially varied: a dancer exploring a leg lift, a shopkeeper concerned about his cash register manner, a salaryman fearful of his boss and a yoga exercise on the floor; among many others over the course of 90 minutes(*).
Actually, that sounds like a pretty typical group lesson to me. And a typical aggregate of a series of one-to-one lessons as well. My latest list would include using a computer, singing, running, sitting on the floor to wrap presents, badminton, and Physiotherapy exercises.
But with the whole world of activity to choose from, one of the big dilemmas for students(**) when they turn up for a lesson is “what to choose”. They know that my lessons are always based around an activity. That’s how we get to the ideas of the Technique, through real, practical examples.
But still, some students dread the question: “What activity would you like to look at today?”
So, for indecisive students everywhere, here are a few ideas to help you choose:-
- NO SNEAKING: You know the question is coming; it really shouldn’t be sneaking up on you. You have a whole week between one lesson and the next to think about it. Use that week.
- A LONG LIST: Run through a mental checklist of all the things you do in a typical week (even better, write it out), and ask yourself, “Which of these do I think could improve with a little Alexander work?”
- ROOM FOR MORE: Look at the things you have already covered in lessons, and ask yourself whether you have got where you want to be. Are you entirely happy with your Alexander progress on this activity, or do you think there is room for more?
- OUCH AND DRAT: Spend a morning observing yourself closely. Watch out for those irritating moments – the ‘ouch’, ‘drat’ and ‘bother’ moments when something goes a little bit wrong, hurts a bit, bumps, drops, misses or irritates. If one of these moments relates to a specific activity, that’s your cue for a lesson.
- ZOOM IN: if you started the Technique to help with a specific, local problem – sore shoulder, hip replacement rehabilitation etc, then by all means focus your zoom lens onto different activities that use this area. There will be lots.
- WRITE IT DOWN: Last but most important. When you think of something, write it down, and take it with you to your next lesson.
(*) with many thanks to Jeremy Chance for the blog idea http://www.alexandertechniquecareersuccess.com/2013/09/day-sixteen-invisibility.html
(**) Some students, not all. Some know exactly what they want to do. Some struggle to choose just one from the big list of things they want to look at.