A saddle and two lost dogs
Well, that night was a game changer. I didn’t understand what I was seeing; all I knew was that I wanted some of that. I did not realise that my body could feel that way. I felt light, free and my anxiety reduced. And all this happened with the help of a gentle guiding touch and a few questions from the teacher, Simon. A few weeks later I was at an introductory session, led by Dr Don Weed (a leading author and expert on the Technique, who was to become my tutor and mentor), I signed up for a 5 day summer workshop and in the September found myself on a 4 year teacher training programme to learn to be an Alexander Technique teacher in the Interactive Teaching Method.
I still didn’t really understand what the Alexander Technique was….
However, over the next 4 years I learnt how to really think, to exercise control over my mind and body, to make decisions based on sound judgement and above all to start fulfilling my potential as a human being. This probably sounds rather grandiose and time consuming but rest assured, you do not need to train for 4 years to be a teacher to get the benefits of the Alexander Technique.
In a handful of lessons, my mind was opened to how I could properly operate the body I lived in. I learnt that I didn’t need to be carrying tension around all the time, I didn’t need to feel that knot of anxiety in my stomach, I didn’t have to have regular headaches or a niggling back ache. The everyday aches and pains that we put up with or think ‘oh, I’m just getting older’ could be got rid of. I could feel free, alert and ready for whatever challenge life threw at me.
Having now qualified as a teacher and running an active practice in West London (alongside my personal training and public speaking work – yes, I never did go back to being a management consultant), I find I am still improving. And that is what I love about the Technique. It is about constant improvement, getting better, feeling better all the time, whatever our circumstances. I can’t think of a better way to live than to help others learn this too.
And all because of a saddle and two lost dogs….
Comments powered by Disqus