Alexander Technique Method-Think Outside The Box
Use It Or Lose It
‘Use it or lose it’ is a phrase commonly heard when speaking of the desire to build muscles, or when speaking of not letting muscles atrophy. This term applies to the brain and the mind as well. The critical importance of creative thinking and renewed learning throughout our lives has been documented. The Alexander Technique is something new to learn, and new neural pathways are created with the Alexander Technique process.
Specific parts of the brain control various functions, down to smallest of details. This has been called localization. The brain is also capable of changing these areas or developing new neural pathways, and this amazing capacity is known as plasticity.
‘Use it or lose it’ has applications to the Alexander Technique. The part of the brain concerning itself with forming new habits might have been dormant for years. We get up, do our morning routine, our afternoon routine and so forth. “We plastically reenforce our habits through repetition”, says Norman Doidge in The Brain That Changes Itself.
The Alexander Technique, however, helps you do your morning routine or any other routine in an un-routine way. The way you’ve sat down, stood up, walked, and so on might not have changed for decades. In the utilization of the Alexander Technique principles all these simple movements will be thought of differently, and performed differently. Developing and possibly changing the part of the brain dealing with these habits (localization) might lead to developing other areas (neuroplasticity).
So, if your back hurts or you have bad posture, take some Alexander Technique lessons. One day it might help you remember your phone number.
Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC