Sunday, August 21, 2011

Holding Yourself In To Prevent Feeling

Luke Ford writes

Psycho-therapist and Alexander Technique teacher Anthony Kingsley tells Robert Rickover: “Alexander Technique develops capacities for stillness, non-reactivity and inhibition, the capacity to not rush ahead and finish people’s sentences.”

“The pupil can say, ahh, I know I’m really holding myself, I’m gripping my jaw, I’m tightening my neck as a way of not feeling anxious or sad. I might bite my upper lip to not cry. I might tighten my breathing to not feel alarmed. I may hold my shoulders hunched and compressed as a way of not feeling my own anger. Alexander Technique makes a direct link between emotions and physical manifestations of emotion.”

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