Throw it Away! — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Robert,

    Great post! I have been exploring the technique through weekly lessons for just over a year now, and I find that trying to “hold on to” directions is one of the most difficult problems I have encountered in the learning process.

    For me, it becomes difficult to let go because the results of working with the directions are often so remarkable, you want to “go right for it”, especially if you are used to trying to be conscientious!

    It seems to me that there is a subtle kind of AT “end-gaining” that can happen if you become worried about the quality or effectiveness of your directions.

  2. Hi Robert,

    Thanks for following up. I’m just listening to the audio segment portion of this post and you talk a bit at the end about the “can of worms” that is the classic “forward and up” Alexander direction. I’ve talked quite a bit with my teacher about this subject, but I am interested to get your opinion as well.

    I’ll frame the question this way: Alexander talks about how the classic directions are given “all together, one after the other” yet my teacher and I primarily work with the direction “My neck is free” or “I am allowing my neck to be free”. My understanding and experience is essentially that once you begin working with this simple direction, changes may take place without you having to think about or say sub-vocally other directions.

    Has that also been your experience? Does that mean these other directions are not really necessary? If so, do we know why Alexander chose to use them to begin with instead of more simple words are phrases?

    Sorry, this topic is probably larger than a comment post! I’ve just started to look into Alexander resources on the web, and I am surprised to see so many different approaches to the work.


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