Five months ago I tore the plantar plate on my 4th toe. The toe seems to be floating like a bit of seaweed. Oh joy!
Frustrating as being lame is, I notice that I’m not suffering any aches and pains anywhere else. No compensatory tightening. I put this down to 30 years worth of Alexander thinking, an awareness of ‘letting my neck be free’ despite pain and walking as well as I can step by step…forward and up, up and up, up and over the ankle, up and over the ground.
The words ‘think carefully about your next step’ have been a kind of instruction manual from my toe along with the question – what next in life, toe the line you have created or something else?
Having taught Alexander Technique to severely disabled, extraordinary inspiring students including Para – Olympian riders and more recently a wheelchair bound boy set for the next Para – Olympics as a tennis player, it is time to rise to the challenge. Accept and adapt!
A bit about injury and Alexander Technique – If you have an injury, past or present, do think about doing some Alexander Technique. For a start you don’t want to create compensatory movement conditions in your system that may cause further pain. It’s easily done. I have had students thinking I am a psychic because I knew they had broken a leg or an arm twenty years ago. I knew because they hadn’t let go of the holding pattern around the injury despite having made a full recovery.
Secondly Alexander Technique really inspires. Inspiration is useful when life gets tricky and injury can make life tricky. It is this area of the technique, how it inspires and is essentially creative, that I find the most interesting. One that is not talked about so much.
Forget about the dreaded ‘p’ word posture, or in my case plantar plate, what is relevant is – does ‘faulty thinking’ stop us from moving forward?
Do you know what you really want to do in life and if you know and know you are not doing it, what is stopping you? Let me know if that question interests you…
Alexander Technique is not a cure all for all things physical, nor is it an airy fairy law of attraction positive thinking pop psych type happy clappy lovely darling do it to me technique. It is, as my tennis lad put it ‘a way to be a pure mental demon and gain advantage on the court!’
So if you are keen to keep moving forward in your amazing life, which is not, and never can be, a copycat of anyone else’s life then, no matter what your circumstances find your inner FUP it and remember to Forward and UP it!