Thursday, August 16, 2012
Real Change can be Effortless with Alexander Technique
I admit: I am astonished.
Even though I'm an AT teacher and I know from experience how working on an issue indirectly (focusing primarily on the whole person instead of individual parts) can help create fundamental change...the change I just experienced in myself as I began to practice my violin this evening caught me offguard!
All my life (I've played the violin since age 4), my left hand pinky has been "weak" (well, that was my belief, anyway), which has resulted in playing with it rather flattened out on the fingerboard much of the time. Over the years that I've been involved with AT, I've been working with changing my belief about that little finger, realizing how strong that side of my hand is, in fact. My work with this has been extremely casual, though, and I remember it mostly while teaching my students about their fingers.
I didn't work much on this issue because I never really expected to be able to play the violin with a rounded pinky--that was just beyond my reach, I thought; I didn't even bother trying to change that. Playing that way would be an "ideal" dream for me which I did not hope to ever achieve. It actually wasn't very important to me, either, because the results I've always gotten with a flattened pinky have been just fine for me--very much "good enough".
SO, imagine my surprise as I began to play the violin this evening (at 11:00pm, tired...) and I suddenly notice that my pinky is strong and rounded. In disbelief, I test it out in different positions, playing different types of music...and lo and behold...I can keep it that way! I am almost in shock -- I had to come here right away to write about it.
I have NOT worked on this issue. I have rarely given it any thought, although I have been aware of the flattened pinky as a generally undesirable condition.
How and why has it changed, without working on it at all in the "usual" way? How can it be that such a fundamental "problem" has changed from one hour to the next (I did play the violin a bit this afternoon and I didn't notice anything different), without any conscious will to change?
Fantastic. This was entirely unexpected.
This really makes me wonder what other seemingly miraculous changes might be in store for me in the future! I am in awe of the Mysterious workings of Life....Life's Wonder...and so grateful!
If you are a student or teacher of the Alexander Technique, have you had a similar experience you might like to share? Something that bothered you that was suddenly changed one day, without any conscious effort on your part to make it different? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Posted by Jennifer Roig-Francolí at 11:40 PM