General interest

How does one become skillful?

Your question is too general. Could you please send me an e-mail and relate the question to your own aspirations? I will be glad to give you an answer. Now, having said that and on a very general plane, to become more skillful or to improve performance means application of principles allowing for improving first of the general neuro-muscular coordination and then of the specific requirements of a technique or an art. There is not point, unless you have a lot of time to waste, to try again and again and to reapeat over and over the same conditons which are responsible for your difficulty. You need to stop and reconsider completely the means involved and the conditions required for a clear aim. The Alexander Technique offers one way to deal with that.

If I practice yoga seriously, will I be releived of bad posture, depression, and start feeling better about it all?

You are not on a site on yoga. This is a site devoted to the Alexander Technique. Having said that, when we practice anything  seriously many improvements take place. But what does seriously mean? When you go seriously into something, it means that you have to be completely open in order to be able not to rely on habitual patterns of thought of movement in order to do new procedures. And this is not obvious. It is not difficult, but it is not obvious, because we have to use ourselves in order to change ourselves. You can chose yoga or any approach, it does not matter. You will be still be using yourself while practicing yoga. So what is important is not what you practice, but how you practice, with which attitude, and which aim in mind, for what purpose. If you expect everything from yoga nothing will happen, because yoga does not exist, you create it. If you expect everything from yourself, everything becomes possible. And then yoga will be beneficial for you.

What are the basics on alexander technique that improves your stand, walk, sit and the way you speak?

The very basic fundamental requirement to function properly and be able to stand, walk, sit and speak, among other things, without harming yourself is to have an adequate relationship with the attraction of the earth (gravity). It means that the orientation of our body within (between its differents parts) and outside itself (with the environement) must be optimal. This, in the Alexander Technique, we stimulate consciously by learning to make sure that our head is free in relation to our neck, our back, and our limbs. So the starting point is to prevent a fixing of the head in relation to the neck before, during and after any reaction or movement. This requires a ot of attention at the beginning, so that it can become a conscious habit to secure this state of conscious control in activity of the whole organism.

I am 27 years old and I was hospitalized and I discovered that I have an important hernia on L4-L5. Since then I have done kiné and backshool but it goes slightly better. I read that Alexander technique is “deconseillé” for discal hernia, is it true?

The application of the Alexander Technique principles and practical procedures leads you to more freedom of movement and habitual patterns of reactions, and I doubt that it would be worse for a
discal hernia unless it has reached a stage where an operation is urgent.

I had a horrendous migraine, with hallucinations and severe neck pains, dizzines, vertigo… BPV. 12 doctors gave me different possible causes. Mostly, that the migraine was the cause. I knew it had to be the neck. Finally, an osteopath in Brussels told me that the problem came from tension in the neck, laterals and cervicals which compressed the cranial aorta. I continue treatment but am very interested to know your views on the benefits of your treatments /program for somebody with my ‘tension’: Symptoms, bad equilibrium, some dizziness, neck and shoulder ache, cracking inside ears and migraines…..etc! Thank you.

Unles I see you I cannot tell you for sure how much you can be helped by applying the Alexander Technique. Nevertheless, I have some experience with people suffering from tensional migraine and know  I can help. Best regards.