“I Am Free to Be Here Now”

“I am free to be here now”

‘People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures’, said FM Alexander.  

Information and knowledge are useful.  Putting these into action is even more useful.  Committing to doing this action one, three, or ten times a day – then you’ll really start to notice the benefits.

As many of you know, one of Alexander’s major discoveries about us mammals is that the relationship between the head and spine govern the coordination of the rest of us.  Yes – all of us!  Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – we don’t separate – its all one thing – our Self.


                              

    
Blossom on my morning walk today    
 

“I am free to be here now”

How we do one thing, is how we do everything.  Old Zen saying.

I’m keen on paying close attention to how I do the dishes, and if I notice I’m starting to clench my jaw, tighten my neck or brace my back I can release the excess tension and steer myself in a good direction again.  I”m not trying to do it ‘right’, I’m not trying to put myself into any particular position – I’m attention to this moment now, and choose the best direction for my whole self to move into, balance, breath and body.

I’m pretty sure now (after 30 years of self-observation and Alexander lessons and nearly 2 decades as a Teacher) that I do the same tension pattern when I’m putting my socks on or folding clothes.

The more I practice, the better I get at paying attention to myself when washing the dishes.  The same awareness is trained and pops up with alerts and news flashes when I’m brushing my teeth and see the same tensions surfacing during this activity.

So now that I have really worked on myself and my coordination and movement plans for dish washing, I can use the same principles for teeth, socks and clothes.  The benefits start to multiply and proliferate.

I can’t teach you ‘how to fold you clothes’ I leave this up to the wonderful Marie Kondo.  What I do teach is how to become aware of, and become friends with, your habits.  Then to see if we can weed out the unhelpful ones, and ready the soil and mind for the ones we want to nurture and water and tend them multiple times a day… then we can really reach our goals.

This last week I have worked with people playing the piano, someone using their computer, breathing issues, chopping herbs with shoulders, sitting and turning, pillow usage and rolling over in bed.  I love the variety of my work – and of course, this was all online.

“I am free to be here now”

Being here now, is a beautiful part of training our self-observation or self-consciousness.  The more we are able to take care of how we do ourselves whilst we do our chosen activity, the more we are in a place of choice.  And choice is really only possible here and now, in this moment.

Do you like to choose what happens to you?

Would you like to learn some principles which can help you in many circumstances?

You can choose the activity and I’ll find a way of working with you and together we’ll find more ease, balance and stamina for you in your chosen activity.

I’m so enjoying the variety of people I’m working with, and wish to be as helpful as I can to as many of you as I can.

So today I’m wanting to ask if you would like to work with me and try an online session?  For free!

Written by Lucy Ascham, Body & Soul Energy Expert

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What My Clients Say

“No pain in the night, no pain when I got up, no pain when I went for a run and no pain now! It’s much more than I expected, thank you! "

Steve

"It is as though I have been gifted an entirely new lens through which to view human behaviour, and it is a lens of compassion and empathy like no other. Due to this, I have been able to come to terms with the way my family operates, which has proven to be a great relief. I would definitely recommend working with Lucy. She held such a safe space for me and my vulnerability with great compassion and authenticity."

Elena

"Using these techniques has helped me reduce the day-to-day tension I’ve developed over a lifetime of anxious habits and hypersensitivity. It’s been amazing to re-learn how my body works, and how to swap out the survival mechanisms that got me so far, for habits more in keeping with how my body is happier to work."

Alex Booer

“I’ve been doing the Alexander Technique with Lucy over the past few months and my posture has improved enormously. I have a greater awareness of how my body functions and can recognise the signs of when I’m falling into bad habits."

Paul Tolton, Actor

"I feel present. Nice to feel here, not racing ahead. I have a more measured, calm approach. I’m less reactive and am learning to look after myself and choose my responses.”

Rosie

"I had a traumatic accident a few years ago. After you ‘wriggled’ my head it felt weird – and really good. I could walk evenly for the first time in years!! I’m making friends with my body.”

Zoe, Singer

"I have been happily surprised and have learned a lot about how my muscles and spine behave when I let them. I rapidly realised that AT is not in the least pseudoscience, rather it teaches one to be aware of how the body is holding itself."

Julian Davis, Retired Professor of Medicine & Pianist

"I've just had two enjoyable and useful sessions with Lucy on Zoom. I had been doubtful about how it would work but I was pleased with how it went. Of course, nothing is as good as face-to-face but we are where we are and this was great and has helped me to progress as I had hoped. Thank you. Looking forward to the next ones!"

Bev

"Lucy's sessions are amazing. Her unique blend of skills helped me have good posture without effort. Before this, I had seen many physiotherapists and osteopaths, but the pain kept coming back within a few weeks. Even after my first session with Lucy, the difference was so clear that my friends commented on it. After several months, the effects are being maintained with her support."

Julia