Given I am a nature nerd and not a techno geek, that I now have an Online School is nothing short of a minor miracle. And within two days, low and behold came an honest to god email from a singer who wanted an online session with me!
If you are so inclined, I welcome you to see how I set up this option for Online Study and Consultation. If there is anything you like about how it is set up let me know, and if there is any way you think I could make it better please let me know that too.
As much as I love using my hands, having spent 50 years using my hands to facilitate co-ordination and integration in people, I would guess that, when I am teaching, I only use my hands about 50% of the time. I spend a lot of time watching, listening, and talking people through things, (doing a bit of their thinking for them – at first).
Fortunately I had some good role models. Barbara Conable was absolutely stunning to watch bring about changes in a person while sitting on the other side of the room. Her observational skills were, and likely still are, extraordinarily keen, her language concise and on point and perfectly timed, and her ear well tuned. She directs a person’s attention like a conductor directs an orchestra.
So being in a room with Barbara, watching her do this for many, many hours did not hurt at all. And there were others too of course – Buzz Gummere, Erika Whittaker, Tommy Thompson, David Mills, Pete Trimmer, Lucia Walker, Bill Conable, Marie Francoise Le Foll, Robyn Avalon, Glenna Batson…the list goes on.
Years ago, as a young whippersnapper, I would have pooh-poohed the idea of giving an Alexander session via computer, but now I think being forced to teach with our hands tied behind our backs might be very good for us now and again.
If you are a teacher who has been giving online sessions for a while, I am very open to any suggestions you might have for me. And if you ever feel I could be of help to you, even if we live very far from one another, there is now a way to work with me.
Alexander’s criteria for “good use” was this: rapid adaptation, assimilation of new ideas, and originality. When Buzz Gummere told me this I was astonished that there was no mention of the body or movement at all! But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. A person with these attributes is a flexible, unafraid person, open to changing.
Isn’t that what we want?