“I Intend to Trust My Inner Manager”

“I intend to trust my inner manager”

Say this thought to yourself little and often throughout the day. 

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.


                              

    A view through the hedge onto our local allotments     
 

“I intend to trust my inner manager”

I recently had an email discussion with someone who has been noticing his embedded habit of trying to actively help his shoulders do their job.  I love the way he talked of an unenlightened management style 
where the line manager tries to micromanager the subordinates instead of trusting them to do their job and get on and use their own skills and talents.  He noticed that saying “I am walking tall and easy” tells the micromanager to back off and creates the conditions where something else can happen.  

I am grateful to my reader Tony for putting his self-observations into such clear language.  F M Alexander noticed that we humans are fundamentally mammals, vertebrates, and share the same movement principles as our four-footed furry animal friends.  Namely that our head and spine joint coordinates the movement of the whole of our Selves.  That there is a natural order to this sequence of movement which travels down the whole length of our spine.  That our torso can lengthen and widen, that our limbs flow from this torso.  

So instead of trying to micromanage ourselves by trying to find out where we should ‘put’ our head, or how to ‘hold’ our shoulders, we can prime the Manager instead.  Alexander called the Manager the Primary Control, which is the reflex instigated at the top joint of the spine to our skull.  

If we let the Manager dictate every detail of movement we are not efficient, the subordinate parts aren’t happy, and we can get many aches and pains as they complain and our movements literally go out of order.

Now if this mix up has been going on for a while, it may not be straightforward to start trusting the Manager to do their over-view and give directions and let the subordinate parts do their work with the skills and talents at their command.  This is why I suggest we ‘intend to trust’ so that we are pointing towards this possibility and growing the trust, rather than expecting or demanding it to be reliable immediately after a period of inattention. 

“I intend to trust my inner manager”

So if we go back to walking in the park, and noticing that we are hunching our shoulders, one option is to try and tell the shoulders exactly what to do and ‘put them back’, or to ‘relax’ but this doesn’t work in the right way for how our mind-body are wired and organised.  

As Tony says, when we give the direction to the Manager “I can walk tall and easy” this tells the micromanager to back off.  It invites the Manager to step into the right place.  It ‘creates the conditions’ for something better to happen.  Now we are cooking on gas.

  • What do you know about yourself and your micromanager?
  • Which are your favourite body parts to try and micromanage?
  • Which parts of you regularly send the ache or pain message?
  • Are the pain messages coming from the same places which you try and micromanage?
  • Can you calm your micromanager down at will?
  • Can you restore your Manager and Subordinates to their right relationship?


If you’d like to discover these skills and practice the skills I’ve laid out here, please get in touch and we can have a conversation about how I can best help you.

Written by Lucy Ascham, Body & Soul Energy Expert

Book your free 15-minute consultation today

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