Are your hands causing you tight shoulders and neck?

I was at Robyn Avalon’s Alexander Teacher training workshop a few weeks ago.

There’s one particular exercise that she does with hands. You touch something with tense hands. Then you touch again, this time consciously dropping as much tension from your hands as you can manage.

It’s striking how little we can feel when our hands are tight. Trying to feel with your hands becomes an effort.

Many of us try and feel something in your hands by tightening something in your shoulders and neck. When that doesn’t work, we persuade ourselves that we feel something, even though the feeling is not really there. Or we give up and conclude that our hands are not accessible.

What would it be like to turn off the tension so that you can feel what’s under your hands? When you turn off the tension, even if that turning off is imperfect, you start to notice what’s really under your hands.

Textures and surfaces start talking through you. Another realm of being drops into place and a wordless experience is there for the having.

For our wordy, visually stimulated, devices obsessed culture, this can be an antidote.

Another world is there.

I’m going to be looking into this topic in more depth in my workshop on ease in computer use with Yoga and the Alexander Technique in a couple of months.

Using Computers & Smart Phones with ease using Yoga and the Alexander Technique. Saturday 9th June 2018, 10am to 1pm (https://www.yogaground.com/workshop/39)

Come along to this workshop and find out how to do this.

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© Kevin Saunders, Yogaground 2018

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