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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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The Naughty Step!

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I had to share this insight from a teenager …..

 

Yesterday, during a constructive rest session requested by one of the teenage boys at the high school where I teach Alexander Technique, 17 year old Harry quipped-

 

‘Semi-supine is like a productive version of the naughty step!

When I was little I would be made to sit on the naughty step … I was always all hunched up, elbows on my knee, in a rage … ‘

 

‘Lying down doing Alexander Technique is giving me time out to think about what I have done during the day, the bad decisions I have made and let them go. Yup, it is like the productive version of the naughty step!’

 

He continued –

 

‘I have had some great epiphanies in semi-supine – like where I have been going wrong and just by taking time out I get an idea about how to do it and when I go back to it it works … like learning a difficult piece on the guitar, suddenly I can do it… You wouldn’t think time out this way would be productive, but it really is!’

 

Out of the mouth of babes!

Constructive rest – the productive naughty step!

 

Here is a link to a constructive rest download – enjoy time out on the ‘productive naughty step!’ CLICK NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

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40 reasons teenagers say learning Alexander Technique at school is good.

I asked my high school students why they think having Alexander Technique lessons at school is a good idea. Here is what they said

 

1. helps sore backs

2. helps learn about body

3. fun

5. educational

6. social, group application

7. anti – stress

8. relaxation before exams

9. a different zone

10. puts you in control

11. neck is free

12. stop being hyper

13. teachers need it for stress

14. physically and mentally good for you

15. right state of mind to concentrate

16. great life skill

17. easier breathing

18. awareness of tongue

19. confidence

20. teenagers have insecurities, it helps.

21. calming if tired

22. helps you sleep

23. choice to be calm or active

24. no disadvantage to learning it

25. relieves stress and strain of school

26. makes you forget what is actually going on

27. notice weird habits in adults

28. look forward to Alexander Technique as first time in week taught to stop

29. good age to put in solid foundations for movement

30. if I had done it when I was younger I wouldn’t be in so much pain. (16 yrs boy)

31. useful defence mechanism so am not ruled by insecurities

32. work much better not work much harder!

33. concentration feels right

34. just stop reacting to nonsense

35. things change

36. ‘I’ve been doing AT since I was in the womb!’ (Harry, age 16)

37. get frustrated but then I come back to myself and then I can do it

38. taking responsibility for ‘fixing’ ourselves

39. not blaming others

40. gives you a break from learning between periods, thats relaxing and helpful

 

 

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Children talking about the Alexander Technique

Children talking about the Alexander Technique

 

“The Alexander Technique eases you into the day be giving you the awareness of how to release your stressful thoughts.”

 

Harmony – age 15

 

“The Alexander Technique eases your mind to make you more productive for the day ahead with little simple things you can do – such as lying in semi supine.”

 

Jack – age 15

 

“Daily Alexander Technique is very calming, especially lying on the floor and knowing how to release my arms.”

 

Max – age 15

 

“Alexander Technique puts your mind at ease. i like it when you lie on the floor and then you get in the zone. I let go into this awesome place.”

 

Sean – age 14

 

“Alexander Technique helps your neck, your ams, your legs, your head, your spine. It helps you get into yourself and be free. Into a place where you are most calm and your inner self is at peace.”

 

Esme – age 14

 

“Alexander Technique makes you feel more aware of what’s going on. It makes you think more clearly so you can react to what is going on better.”

 

Ewan – age 15

 

“Alexander Technique helps you release tension. Its helped me learn how to let go and helped me stand straighter because I am tall. It has helped me feel a lot more confident and happier. I used to be really scared of everything.”

 

Anna – age 12

 

I feel Alexander Technique has helped improve my awareness, When I first started at school I used to be really sleepy in the morning and have a sore back. Now my back is fine. I feel Alexander Technique has helped my structure. I feel quite laid back almost. I feel more natural playing piano and sax. My fingers don’t feels so tense but more natural on the piano.”

 

Leon – Age 12

 

“Alexander Technique makes me feel more confident and learn things you didn’t know before, like being aware of where you hold your tongue to control yourself with more ease.”

 

Chiara – age 12

 

“I like it because I’m not as tense. My shoulders are not so tense. It’s easier for me to walk about on my crutches because I’m aware of how to release my shoulders.”

 

Ruairi – age 12

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