Butter Gravity

Occasionally an inspired student will write a poem elicited by their practice of the Alexander Technique. Mark Phialas (Phialasophy.Blogspot.Com) brought this into his lesson this week:

Butter Gravity

Each morning
The body
Is tight, 
Almost distant,
Like a stick of Land O Lakes
In the fridge.

Taking that butter
And putting the dish
On an ever so slightly warm surface,
Where time 
And that gentle heat
Provide the ultimate massage.

Constructive rest
Uses the same principle.

Breathing, the floor,
And time merge
Into a healthy alliance: 
Their purpose
Is simply 
To help
You let it all go.

And you can.

Imagine you’ve
Been prone,
Perhaps asleep,
In an Arctic space;
You mull a bit
As you slowly
Begin the thaw
By easing
Onto the floor.

You find the heart
Of your breath —
The rise and fall
So very much
Like the rhythm
Of the tide —
That steady beat
That invites 
You to sink
Into nothing,
But soon
You soar,
Set totally free
When you sense
The sun is bringing dawn
From beneath the floor 
Through the firmness
In your back.

The journey begins.

And …

When you allow 
Your breathing
To map the path,
It’s all downhill.

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

A personal account and a important call for Western medical care:

But shouldn’t physicians consider the whole patient – body and mind – so that they can suggest behavioral health tools that will alleviate both the root causes and the symptoms of disease? When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.

Full article here

HuffPost video inspiration

I love turtles… But this is a good little video. Good to remember to  let the turtles have the rounded shells, while our amazing structure and biotensegrity means we do not have to be slumped over our desks!  No need to struggle into what they are calling “power posture” either by the way. You can find your easy upright support that you had when you were a child. Don’t know how? Alexander Technique can help  you in re-discovering your natural ease!


Acupuncture AND Alexander Technique – together in research!

I’ve been meaning to share this news for a while… In November of last year, suddenly I was getting emails and facebook messages from other acupuncturists and friends about a new study just released for neck pain. Why was everyone sending it to me? Because for the first time (that I know of), a new study included both Acupuncture AND the Alexander Technique in its research—and both came out shining.

Read more here: Acupuncture & Alexander Technique for Neck Pain, Time Magazine

“People who practiced acupuncture or the Alexander Technique had greater pain reductions than those who got standard treatment”

I didn’t need to read a study to know that these work—for over a decade I’ve been witnessing it myself! But it’s still fun to read about it! For more specifics on the study mentioned: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853883

Amira Interviewed on “Thank You 10”

In November I sat down at the Center of Wellness with Gregory DeCandia, host of ‘thank you 10,’ and actor in the Professional Actors Training Program at UNC, as part of their podcast “Body of Work Volume II.” It was great fun hosting and chatting with Greg at the Center, and I am happy to share this podcast here with you! 

(I’m the second guest, starting around 11 minutes 45 seconds into the podcast)
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Winter Inspiration

Now that we have entered winter in the Northern hemisphere I’m sharing another piktochart for some Water-Element inspiration. Water is the element of winter in Chinese medicine and is associated with the Kidneys and Bladder organs/meridians.

As we naturally slow down and go more inward for this season, we let ourselves rest and be nourished and replenish our water element. Check out the Water Piktochart  for ideas for the season.

Kidney Piktochart

Fight/fright & the Psoas

The psoas has been coming up a lot again lately in my Alexander lessons, so many of us are interested in discovering more about this somewhat elusive muscle and understanding better how it is connects to our daily experience. I appreciate this holistic look at the psoas, and it’s connection to our fight/flight response. I continue to discover the strong connection between the head-neck-back and breath relationship with a free and easy psoas – and vice versa.

The Muscle of the Soul – Mind Unleashed