The process involves kinaesthetic learning. It’s not about a certain position, angles or being ‘right’ in how you sit, stand or move. It’s about having a space to explore you – mind and body – and learning to use yourself without unnecessary, instinctive tension.
In a lesson a teacher will guide you, very gently, to experience a new way of moving in seemingly simple activities such as sitting, standing or walking but which require coordination of your head, neck and back. We help you explore how you move, and how you think. You are learning to understand your habits and instinctive, unnoticed tensing responses which interfere with your natural ease and poise.
As part of your lesson you may lie down on an Alexander table with your head on a few books and knees raised, allowing maximum rest and support for your back. Lying down in this way will give you an opportunity to pay attention to your body and your balance; to teach your muscles to support you in a well-organised way.
Semi supine is a practical procedure that you learn in your Alexander Technique lessons. It is a process of Constructive Rest helping you undo undue unnoticed tension habits that contract and compress you, allowing gentle release through your neck and back and encouraging a quality of appropriate ‘lengthened’ elastic tone throughout your whole body and musculature.
Semi supine can benefit your postural organisation and your wellbeing. Your back will thank you for it too.
Most people find this part of the lesson the most enjoyable as they learn to let go of deeply held patterns of tension and to re-set their stress thermometer. Learning to apply the skills you acquire in lessons will help you to recalibrate unconstructive tension habits for yourself on a daily basis. For maximum benefit you can practice semi supine outside of your lesson.
“Prevent the things you have been doing and you are half way home” FM Alexander