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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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‘It’s the Jeremy Kyle Show Miss!’

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‘This class of Alexander Technique is like being on the Jeremy Kyle Show Miss!’

 

Two separate groups of children spontaneously likened Alexander Technique to being on the Jeremy Kyle show at school this week.
A hilarious observation with a good point!

 

Why did they liken learning AT at school to the Jeremy Kyle Show? Because I was teaching them to really listen to each other. To stop habitually reacting and competing and give each other a chance to speak. Harder than it may sound.

 

They are bright children, all specialist musicians.
However there was a distinct lack of listening skills.
They were engaging in ‘I am right and you are wrong’ tit for tats, and telling each other off in a rather ‘parental manner’ rather than listening to each other.
Result – frustration … tight necks …

 

Reactive escalations with their characters and habitual relationships to each other getting in the way of constructive learning from each other, or me for that matter! They all have good personalities individually but were definitely annoying each other as a group.

 

Listening skills required … they are musicians in the making after all. Working in harmony is essential.

 

We worked on not interrupting, pausing, waiting, inhibiting, listening actively, giving each other space and time to be free to speak and to feel heard …
As an adult it is a good exercise in self awareness too – teaching a class of unruly kids who are falling out with each other!

 

The improvement in the atmosphere, quality of interchange and general ease in the room from thinking about listening resulted in the quip ‘Learning Alexander Technique is like being on the Jeremy Kyle show, Miss!’

 

Maybe dodgy day time reality television has its uses after all!

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(For non UK readers, the TV show referred to invites people to resolve their differences on air, usually resulting in a lot of shouting!)

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Children Being Profound about the Alexander Technique!

Children being profound about the Alexander Technique!

 

“ I find it makes everything easier because there is less tension throughout my being. I get tense when I start thinking too much about being right as opposed to being free and allowing myself to be wrong.

Allowing myself to be wrong is useful as I am putting less pressure on myself. I can think more clearly. I have more choice and I can appreciate being right more easily. My habitual experiences are not in the way of my development.”

 

Ethan – age 13 years

 

 

“ Alexander Technique is very helpful for me because I am a stressful person inside. The Alexander Technique has helped me release mental and physical tension which frees my body and makes me feel calm and collected. It also expands my mind to different ideas, to look at things from a different perspective. You concentrate on anything and think forward and up and soon I find my neutral zone to feel and think calmly and it feels balanced and easier to live life.

It helps with my creativity because it is an experimental way of thinking about daily activity and it helps enlarge my creative side because there are no mistakes and even if there might be a mistake you can learn to come back to your poised mind and inner self. You can just step back and acknowledge where you ant wrong and think forward and up again.”

 

Hannah – age 13 years

 

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Why is Alexander Technique not Compulsory at school, asks 12 year old boy!

This is a completely spontaneous comment from a 12 year old boy I teach at school. I am lucky to teach the Alexander Technique at a high school in Edinburgh.

 

“I think Alexander Technique should be compulsory at all schools because people need to be more aware of the way they think and do. As I learn less is more I have a whole new perspective and the ability to completely stress relieve just by doing nothing for 17 minutes and thinking about myself in different ways.”

 

Ethan, age 12

 

 

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