This is a picture of me with my Kyudo (Zen Archery) Teacher, Shibata Konjuro, Sensei XX, the bowmaker to the Emporer of Japan.
“The Alexander Technique has to do with changing habits. Everybody has a particular movement pattern that is specific to them, their particular movement pattern. No matter what it is that you are doing, sitting at the computer typing, having lunch with a friend, playing a game of golf, playing the violin, that particular pattern is having it’s influence. I like to compare it to a car with it’s emergency brake on. When you drive a car with it’s emergency brake on, it really doesn’t matter if you are turning left or you are turning right or you are going fast or you are going slow, the emergency brake is having an influence on the functioning of the car that is ultimately detrimental. What we do in our lives is we tend to just hit the gas a little harder but in the Alexander Technique I teach people how to disengage the emergency brake. The result then is posture and movement that is characterized by greater coordination and efficiency. People feel like they have more ease of movement, more fluidity of movement. The Alexander Technique is not a spectator sport, so when you watch an Alexander Lesson, what you see would be the Alexander teacher moving someone around, so I might be moving someone in and out of a chair and through moving them, I can get an idea of what it is that they do habitually that they are unaware of and bring that to their attention and then I teach them a process for changing that habit.” Andrea Fedele, Houston