How often do you get your teeth cleaned?
Well, with some initial reluctance I have been following the rule to get my teeth cleaned about every six months. At my appointment last week the hygienist confirmed the general unchanged health of my gums and teeth, and before cleaning them she pointed out some problem areas. I was pleased to hear that I had done well behind the molars, an area I had previously neglected. Then she showed me new trouble spots on the inside of the upper and lower incisors. When I went home that evening I not only enjoyed my "new" smooth teeth, but I was intrigued to pay attention to my cleaning habits, and verified that certain areas in this small, complex three-dimensional cavity go rather unnoticed over the period of a few months. I had received a treatment and a health check, but mostly I appreciated the element of education and advice.
What might this have to do with lessons in the Alexander Technique, where you acquire the art and tool set to change your habits, and thus change the use of yourself?
1. Even if you are not comfortable in a dentist office and particularly on that chair - in the end it feels good to have some debris removed from your system. Similarly after an Alexander Technique lesson you tend to feel better and ideally you have peeled away a layer of misuse and are able to see some part of yourself with renewed clarity. On a certain level I am using my hands to treat you and make you feel well.
2. Modern health practitioners are not focused on one particular area of your body, your knees, your tension or your gums. We help our students, clients or patients to see the bigger picture and integrate healthful perspectives and practices. Working with you means understanding your living and work situation, your stress level and your general health issues. Together we can set goals for your practice until your next visit.
3. You will receive ideas, advice, tips and the chance to observe your actions with diligence and self respect. You get a chance to renew your practice whether it is flossing or lying down, walking or washing dishes.
Do consider renewing your practice of the Alexander Technique at least two times a year with a month of lessons!