The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

Why the longer road leads to quicker healing

Happy Spring!!! First, I’ve got a new offer to share with you:

I’m now offering mini-courses in Mobilignment™. The mini-course includes:
– Free 15 minute consult to discuss the specific areas of your body you want help with
– two curated (pre-existing) videos to watch that hone in on that area
– one 50 minute private lesson
– unlimited email dialogue

You can book your 15 minute consult here to get started.

I’ve received so many emails and phone calls over the last 20 years of my teaching life with the same basic question:

“Is there hope that this can get better? Can you help me?”

Usually, when someone says “this” they are referring to a very specific physical issue like a neurological problem, an injury, chronic ache or pain. My answer is always yes, I can help you, as a person. You, as a person, can get better. As an educator, not a doctor, I can’t know what will happen with the specific problem you’ve been told you have. I do know from long experience that the route to healing may be more circuitous than direct. Sometimes the circuitous route is the best compliment to direct diagnosis or treatment anyway, because it provides more joyful way of creating meaning around what is happening in your body.

Mobilignment™ is circuitous in the most wonderful way.

Whatever activity you use in your healing process needs to amplify life-affirming energy. If your explorations are fear based (as treatment can often be from the patient’s point of view), you will be amplifying fear. Amplifying fear slows down the healing process because your body is flushed with stress chemicals.

If the problem part of your body has no joy left for you, we can use the Mobilignment Points™ to travel to a happier, nearby neighbor. When the neighbor starts moving and gets energized with curiosity and joy the life affirming vibes start to spread and amplify. This happens partly because the design of the Mobilignment Points – where they are on your body – does not match any map you have previously learned. They are novel and help you slip secretly past habit and fear.

An example would be, if you have lower back pain or stiffness, try working with your pubic bone point.

“Using Mobilignment, you can get away from your pain and stiffness automatically, without trying. It doesn’t matter how stiff I am, the work mysteriously motivates movement. Every time I tune into one of those Mobilignment Points™, it generates energy and I want to move. It’s crazy! It’s like wait – how did I get out? Even when class starts slowly, It’s not boring or repetitive, it’s fascinating and fun.”

      – Susan Arthur, Alexander Technique Teacher

Isn’t it interesting that the one part of your body that you can’t actually see, your back, is the most common source of pain in our culture? How long has it been since you touched your own back just to feel what the skin feels like? Does it speak, and do you listen? Have you ever paid attention to the top of your pubic bone or thought of it as the front of your back?

For instance, just sitting here right now, I realized that my pubic bone was kind of – stuck. I have pain in my hip joints, so that part of me often immobilizes itself as a matter of habit. As I bring my attention to that part of my body I felt it move very slightly, which actually rippled through my torso and mobilized the tiny joints between my ribs and the back of my spine and I got the most delicious breath – wow! Wonderful! That’s never happened before! I’ve been working with this point for quite awhile but it always has something new to show me if I’m able to listen.

March 22nd, 2021 • No Comments

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