AT is about the How – the means whereby
It is about How to meet any stimulus
What happens differs from person to person moment to moment
Through being interested in the How as primary the What happens by itself
It becomes about the quality of the How and not about What happens
Seasons may change
People may come and go
But whilst living, gravity is our constant companion
Awareness and nurturing of this relationship
I know where I am.
From CPD July 2017 Karen Wentworth
The recognition that like the heart beating, the eyes blinking, everything is pulsing.
The mind puts everything together to create an apparent continuous happening.
The reality is that everything pulses – begins and ends in every moment. By being aware of the reality is a great relaxation.
Inhibition and direction should be seen and applied as such – in pulses, repeatedly.
You have to know the outer boundaries of the back so that you can expand – lengthen and widen fully
Two sitting bones
Two hip joints
Two shoulder joints
One Atkanto-Occipital joint
Everything within this area is the BACK.
It’s easy to wrongly think about your muscles like your bones – you can see the start and end of bones more easily – it’s at the point of the joint.
But the muscles are like leverage pulleys and so they must go over joints or attach to points either side of a joint – this gives the structure stability. Look in an anatomy book to find the beginning and end of muscles.
Often muscles of the leg go over 2 joints like the ankle and knee.
The muscles of the inner thigh go from the femur to the pubic bone keeping the hip joint in place.
Which muscles are over tightened? And so causing undue pressure on a joint?
During a lesson we practise and have the experience of active sitting – sitting in balance whilst sending directions – without a forward stimulus caused by a computer screen
So to work on yourself – sit looking at your room – be aware notice
Swivel round look at your screen – what happens?
(You will notice that the screen impacts your balance – one gives up control to a screen!)
This is how awareness/insight into our particular habit patterns accumulates.
The problem is the “doing” caused by an external stimulus – or put another way our reaction to the screen sets in motion a chain of unconscious habitual patterns – together termed our “use”. Poor use will affect our functioning over time and impact our life experience.
Can you work on your computer as a secondary activity with your primary interest instead being on your Primary Control?
This is what we practise continually during the lesson and a key part of FM’s insight.
This applies to all activity – talking, cooking…..and is what we term “thinking in activity”
It’s a complete change in approach to all of life’s activities.
Most students often remark on a lack of awareness of their tension and habits.
To know what you are doing you need a mirror – otherwise you simply carry on doing what you have always done.
This is the role for the teacher – to bring into focus that which wants to remain hidden.
Continuous lessons and an intention to bring conscious presence to daily activities accelerates progress.
All of our own particular awareness/unawareness ratios is absolutely perfect in any given moment.
A key principle is to keep the whole being in one unified field of attention/awareness from the soles of the feet to the tip of the head – letting go between those 2 outer points.
It’s a practical experience that under stimulus, of whatever kind from the simplest physical task or mental thought, we lose ourselves through contraction.
Whilst walking the experience is to be aware that it as if the soles are lifting the legs – otherwise the thinking/awareness has stopped further up the leg – we can be tricked that we are thinking through to the soles even though we have stopped in our ankles – hence lifting up the feet with the ankles rather than our Being walking ie walking happens by itself it is not done.
If you become able to expand the awareness there will be a coterminous release in the neck – and the head will not be as pulled back.
Happy New Year! We’ve come along way in the 5 years I have been teaching AT in Loughborough.
I have seen remarkable progress and results – with a heartfelt thank you to all my long standing students – we have learnt a lot together.
Today I realised we are now ready for a change in lesson format which will encourage a faster and more focused learning experience. Indeed this is the original lesson format adopted by FM.
The lessons will now be 30mins in length and cost £25. We will start with chair work and variations thereof and end with semi-supine.
(Semi-supine was created by first generation teachers of FM)
A 30 minute lesson will be enough for those who are on a process of continuous learning once a week. It will also be right for those who would like two lessons a week so as to improve their use more quickly.
- The first 5 lessons will be 1hour in length and cost £40 – as an introductory rate – these 5 lessons will cover the core principles of the Technique.
- Same family members can book two consecutive 30mins lessons for £40.
I look forward to working with you all in 2017.