The Alexander Technique Goes To Charm School

81 charm pic4Can charm be taught?

Hmmm. Difficult one.  Most of us would struggle even to define what it is, although we know it when we meet it.  Is it purely natural talent – something you are either born with or live without?

According to author Stephen Bayley it can be taught. He has a clear idea what the course would look like:-

If we taught charm at school it would involve several different courses. First would be critical perception. How do you analyse your responses to a person or a place? Second would be situational analysis – the critical path through the circumstances you find yourself in.

Third, a masterclass in literacy and articulacy. It’s essential to know how to use words because charm is never mute. Find good words and use them well. Finally, anxiety management. Charmers are many different things, but they are always attractively… relaxed. And this is a quality they confer happily on all in their circle…

Charm is an essential tool for survival in the worlds of business and love. In personal life it makes everything more pleasant. In business life, it makes you more effective. (*)

But, of course, this is an Alexander Technique blog. So try re-reading that extract, and substitute the word ‘charm’ with the words ‘Alexander Technique’(). Interesting, isn’t it?

For many people, the Alexander Technique is about moving with less pain. Full stop.  And that’s fine.  It’s a pretty good reason for your Alexander lessons.

But maybe you like the sound of ‘more pleasant’ and ‘more effective’. Not just in how you come across to other people, but in how you arrange your life in general.  Again, most of us would struggle to define these things, although we know them when we meet them.  But can they be taught?  Absolutely.

That’s why in Alexander lessons we teach you tools. Things like analyzing where you are, and how to find an effective path to where you want to be next.  Things like making words, and the ideas behind them, work for you instead of against you.  Things like being calm and relaxed.  Useful things to make your life more pleasant and more effective.  It’s a charming idea.

 
(*) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26544630
() This is what it would look like:-

 If we taught Alexander Technique at school it would involve several different courses. First would be critical perception. How do you analyse your responses to a person or a place? Second would be situational analysis – the critical path through the circumstances you find yourself in.

Third, a masterclass in literacy and articulacy. It’s essential to know how to use words because the Alexander Technique is never mute. Find good words and use them well. Finally, anxiety management. Alexandroids are many different things, but they are always attractively… relaxed. And this is a quality they confer happily on all in their circle…

The Alexander Technique is an essential tool for survival in the worlds of business and love. In personal life it makes everything more pleasant. In business life, it makes you more effective.

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3 comments on “The Alexander Technique Goes To Charm School
  1. findingpoise says:

    I am really enjoying your blogs, thanks for sharing. I’m also enjoying the idea that Alexander work is charm lessons, a great way to describe living life full of energy and freedom.

  2. Franis says:

    I came to a similar conclusion when I was searching around for a way to peddle A.T. to those who had never heard of it in my remote location.
    My core experience of how this happened for me had to do with insights about body image that came from I was attending teacher-training for A.T. I gained so many insights about the way I came across to other people…which had for me been a huge issue of awkwardness for me. In particular, I finally came to terms with what to do with the unwanted and seemingly random sexual attention from strange guys in public. Also gained the ability to be poised about public speaking, (which or course, is a necessary skill to exploit when you’re going to be teaching.)
    Of course, there are other specialized avenues available to learn some of these things that are more direct – but it’s so very interesting how Alexander Technique affects them all, isn’t it?

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