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Tongues!

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Tongue Tied
by Kirsten Harris

 

Here’s a funny little question
That left unchecked will cause congestion
Let me ask you, ‘Where’s your tongue?’
Clamped to mouth’s roof you’ll be high strung!

 

It’s best to let your tongue go south
Resting in your lower mouth!
If yours is held and pressed up tight
You will never feel quite right!

 

Tongue Up’s part of the startle pattern
Best let it loose in the oral cavern
If it’s up, you’re stuck in fear
Let it rest! I hope that’s clear?

 

Up tongue’s reacting from a fright
Neck, shoulders, back become too tight
Horrid habit! Be aware
Down with tongues to clear the air

 

The tongue up habit clamps your jaw
At night your teeth you may well gnaw!
Your neck will tighten, your face will fix
This grimace habit is best to nix

 

Your shoulders seize, that clamps your lungs
All from an up held uptight tongue!
Tongue tied to the roof right now dispense
Immediately you’ll feel less tense

 

Just rest it in a ‘low jaw’ place
Think a smile and feel the space
Your tongue will widen when you smile
Your face will soften in a while

 

Breathing opens, energy increases
What do you notice when your tongue releases?
It may at first feel big, weird and wet …
Have you got the message yet?

 

The world will feel a better place
When tongue’s at rest in smiling face
Ask your friends ‘where is your tongue’
To change the habit is good fun

 

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Growl now if you’re a stress puppy?
I bet you’re habit is tongue ‘uppy!’
Family rows, disputes and fights?
Perhaps the family tongues not right

 

You’ll see it when friends thinking’s grim
Tongue up, jaw locked, tension within
‘Psychic glimpse’ of things not right?
Friends minds you’ll ‘read’ with this stress insight

 

The good news: things will change right now
With this wee gem of tongue know how
So down with tongues! You’ve heard me right
The tongue up habit’s just uptight!

 

 

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Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game

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Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game

 

 

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Here are some insights about the spine, in a fun discussion with high school children (12 – 14 years) as to what an Alexander Technique board game, might look like!

 

Me – Why is Alexander Technique a game of bones?

After a game of moans about the pun, this is what they came up with –

 

‘Because you can’t play a game without instructions’

‘You need to know about your bones’

 

We had a plastic spine and a single vertebrae in front of us as inspiration and a talking point

 

The children continued to describe the two clearly different looking sides of the vertebrae – (see earlier blog Game of Bones)

 

‘calm and complex’

‘bubbly and grumpy’

‘soft and weird’

‘simple and complex’

‘solid and all over the place’

‘heart like and evil mouse’

 

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Game of Bones – ideas for an Alexander Technique board game

 

‘Can be played by Age 8 – 88 years’

 

‘The game has to start at the atlanto occipital joint’

 

‘One of the Rules to play is you have to think Forward and Up, if you slump there are penalties’

 

‘When you throw the dice you have to be careful not to land on the nerve bearing side of the spine’ (She actually said ‘the evil mouse side of spine’)

 

‘There are more boring rules you have to follow down the complex side of the spine if you stay in the calm side you can do what you like’

 

‘You get some helpful cards’

 

‘Whispered Ah’s – They are get out of jail free cards’

 

‘You get ‘Let your neck be free cards’ if you fall into any stress’

‘You get x amount of Let your neck be free cards to escape stress’

 

‘Free parking is semi supine’

 

‘You get extra points or free neck cards if you land at the atlanto-occipital joint’

 

‘You have to keep moving’

 

‘Aim to get all the way down the spine without landing on the nerve bearing side of spine’

 

‘Penalty for landing – you get tasered by your nervous system!’

 

‘Yeah, you could have a taser and actually taser people to put them off slumping for life! Well maybe not miss, but you know what I mean, back pain is really painful my dad has had a slipped disc.’

 

‘Penalties are things like pain, slipped discs, life long problems! ‘

 

‘If you fall into stress side of spine, you go to jail!’

 

‘You have power cards, you have to be careful not to give them away when you are stressed’

 

‘Each vertebra is asking a question’

 

‘You are exploring the bones as you play’

 

‘The questions on the calm side are easy but really difficult on the complex side’

 

You have to be careful not to get stressed if you get a difficult question.’

 

‘You can use a whispered ah card or let your neck be free card to pass on a difficult question’

 

‘Some of the questions you have to do nothing. The questioner is trying to trick you. Really, doing nothing is actually very hard’

 

‘If you get too many pain cards and you are OUT!’

 

‘Slumping the game gets harder!’

 

‘The Game of Bones is not so much a game – more of an experience’

 

‘Miss, you could make your fortune with this game! Can we have a cut?’

 

This was short but fun discussion.

I felt that the children’s ideas not only revealed that they understood much about AT but were also able to be creative with what they know and find the bones of an imaginative board game.

 

I hope that by engaging the imagination in fun and memorable ways that AT remains a useful life skill for them through school and into adulthood.

 

 

 

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Bone Up!

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Bone Up!

by

Kirsten Harris

 

‘Bare bones of matter, skeleton insight –

Spaced joints, mobile, long, supporting, freely upright!

Strong ‘Architect’ designed skeleton, not a bony wrecked fright

Haunted by creaking by day and by night!

 

One hundred years… I will regenerate ten skeleton bloody and white

Walking with your skeleton keeps bones strong, alright!’

 

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‘Bone up on your anatomy’,  the little mouse advises….

He is having a light bulb moment…

It is a good idea to know your bones!

He is studying Alexander Technique!

 

The skeleton, universal man, is influenced by space, up flow, earth, gravity, time…

 

The human lies in bed, haunted by ghosts…awake… the past intrudes… worries… fears….aching bones…. she is not comfortable in her bed.

She should be warm and cosy but she is scrunched up….no ease here!

 

Under the bed a little mouse lies in semi supine…

He is saying – don’t lie there in pain missus –  lie in constructive rest, let go…

Visualise your skeleton…

Let it space out…

As you space out…

 

The dog is blissed out on his back. Happy dog! Body Aware pup.

 

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Game of Bones

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Game of Bones

by Kirsten Harris

 

On my way to teach Alexander Technique to high school children this week I popped into an antique and curiosity shop where I happened upon one lone vertebra.

Lumbar 4 to be precise.

I asked to buy it and the shop keeper kindly gave it to me, bemused by my enthusiasm.

The single model vertebra became the talking point for class and wow, did the students amaze me with their observations and insights.

 

Here are some notes taken from the children’s thoughts.  They started with describing it and went on to see the bone as a metaphor for the human condition – choices in life – a game of bones.

 

To quote –

‘It feels like coral, like a structured wildlife habitat…

It looks neat, strong, rounded, shaped… it looks like white chocolate… it looks like a fish… symmetrical, exact… it looks like it should be spongy…’

 

‘It looks like it has many purposes – multi functional…

It looks solid and reliable…

Intricate, spacious, chunky…

It looks like a hand with fingers coming out of it…

It looks doughy, like stretched bread – rising and proven…’

 

‘It looks like a jigsaw…

It looks supportive and the supporter…

If we didn’t have vertebrae we’d look like jelly fish…

Many together create strength…

They depend on one another…

It looks like it is reliant on other pieces to complete its purpose…

It’s a bit like people, it doesn’t look like it work very well on it’s own!

It looks like it has been shaped by life…’

 

‘It seems unimportant in itself, out of context…

It looks useless unless you put it into the bigger picture..

One vertebra missing is like taking middle C out of the piano… …You don’t know it’s missing until you go to play.’

 

‘It looks contradictory!’

‘What do you mean by contradictory?’ I asked

 

‘It has space and is dense..

hardy and flexible…

solid and complex…

chunky and delicate…

calm and tempestuous…’

 

‘What do you mean by calm and tempestuous?’

 

‘Well the chunky bit looks calm…

It looks very encompassing and focussed in its role…’

 

‘This vertebra is a bit like me…’

 

‘If I use the chunky bit and let it support me I feel calm….

Some people lean more towards the calm or the tempestuous…

It is like there is an epidemic of slump and people are leaning into the complicated side of the vertebra and becoming complicated and confusing….’

 

‘The complicated side of the vertebra looks like an explosion, but the calm bit looks like a platform. It looks reassuring.

It looks like a bean or a stage…shaped and calm…’

 

‘If you lean into the complicated side it slumps your nerves, I suppose, and you become more stupid…’

 

‘Can we lie in semi supine now miss?’

 

I learned a lot from the children and really love the idea of the spine being calm or tempestuous. So, to use the wisdom of children, which way are you leaning your vertebrae?

 

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Forward and Up – Of mice and men…

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When you speak of love or something’s to be said

Brainbox, don’t pull back your wonderful but mighty heavy head

Balance your skull lightly, it’s a Universal Law

Listen well! Do less, using only lips and tongue and jaw!

 

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Commentary on the drawing –

 

Little mice point to the place of balance at the base of the skull….

They ask us to listen, listen for our own balance…

The co-ordinating principle of lightness is light….

We are asked to speak up, to speak our truth….

Is it true if we are pulling our heads back?

Does the balance of the head make our truth clearer?

Can we balance our head and speak our truth?

Can we speak clearly, precisely?

Can our voice be heard?

Listen to our own thinking… what needs to be said?

To be or not to be…

Doing less can we speak our truth without interference?

The primary balance of the skull on the spine, a universal law, true for mice and men…

The mice give us clear directions, both anatomically and spatially….forward…up…balance….

Use your brain….brain box!

The little mice are falling in love with balance…..

I love you…..

Balancing love for self and another being….

Speak of love says the little golden mouse.. speak up.. speak the truth…

Are you a man or a mouse? Squeak up!

The house mouse swoons, it’s head in the clouds….

Bathed and balanced in the golden light of love…

High on love….

Love and balance are in the space between ….

 

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