Saturday, November 12, 2011
We all want
to tighten and stiffen. Tensing our
muscles makes them stronger, ready for action. It's a sign of life. When babies learn how to hold a toy with
their fingers Ã?Â¢?? they won't let go of it.
Tightening the fingers is learned first. Letting go of them is learned only later on. But for how long can we keep the
tension? How much unnecessary energy do
we spend on it? How tired our body
becomes from too much of it? Especially
when having health issues, which require going through time- consuming medical
tests, strange procedures, and long medical treatments? As P. D. Alcantara explains in his book, "Indirect Procedure," the tension itself is not a problem, the problem is the
strain, the over-tension, in the wrong places, in the wrong amount, for the
wrong length of time. Here is a little
experiment you can do: Tighten your
arm, and at the same time try to bend it.
Now let go, and bend it again.
Notice that the bending on the second time was much more easier then on
the first time. In the first time the
tension prevented your elbow from doing it's job, and so the bending action was
forced on a compressed joint. F. M.
Alexander called such a movement "misuse."
Over- tension is one example of misusing ourselves. Letting go does not necessarily mean giving
up. We don't want to give up on
fighting for our health. What we want
to learn is how to get rid of any unnecessary stress, including unnecessary
thoughts causing stress. With the
Alexander Technique we learn how to observe and coordinate ourselves in such a
way that there will be no need for extra tightening. We learn how to maintain a dynamic, balanced relationship between
our body parts, especially the head, neck, and back. We learn how to undo our
tension- habits as we go on through our daily life activities like walking,
sitting, bending, and even resting and relaxing. On Thurs. Nov. 17 - Shula Sendowski will give a workshop on Tension-Patterns for people with cancer in the Wellness Community Center of Westlake Village, 530 Hampshire Rd. CA 91361, at 6:00 pm. For information call: (805) 379-4777 The class is free of charge.