” It is important to remember that the use of a specific part in any activity is closely associated with the use of other parts of the organism”
“the influence by the various parts one upon another is continuously changing in accordance with the manner of use of these parts” F.M. Alexander.
This to be essential knowledge in understanding how “our use” plays into daily life creating a general baseline of well being. Often stresses building in the body are layered upon one another resulting in a lower level of wellness. For example if the neck is tight the whole body adapts around the tension and this would be the same in any other area of the body the low back, knees, ankles and so on. The Alexander Technique lesson offers the student to be apart of there own change. Gaining awareness around what it is like to move with more ease and integration. It is amazing, every time when a student begins to move with ease watching the smile and lightness in activity come thru is a joy.
There is something infinite in all of us. Coordinating around good use can relieve unneeded strains & tensions, freeing up the ‘whole self’ with a renewable sense of ease and presence. The Alexander Technique, can give a student, a way of accessing their use in activity to do just this. Bringing the internal & external into a poise of the present moment. This video offers a very lovely illustration.
“The Use of The Self” F.M. Alexander
“Human activity is primarily a process of reacting unceasingly to stimuli”
“When once it is recognized that every act is a reaction to a stimulus received through the sensory mechanisms, no act can be described as wholly ‘mental’ or wholly ‘physical’. The most that can be said is that in some acts the ‘mental’ side predominates and in others the ‘physical’.
These words were first published in 1932 by F.M. They ring as true today as they did then and advancements in Neuroscience continue to show that Alexander was on this advanced path.