How to guide for LEARN NEW movement habits…
4 part series to support the changes you want to make
Part 1: Emerging from NOT knowing – seeing your habits!
Part 2: Consciously exploring new pathways
Part 3: New Normal Emerges
Part 4: New Habits formed – celebrate!
New Normal Emerges
Given that you engage in a genuine manner with the first 2 steps in the habit learning cycle then a wonderful change takes place and you start to notice that IT IS easier to ignite the new thinking/ movement pattern.
You start to see and feel the benefits of your practice.
A new normal emerges.
What has happened is that the ‘old’ neural pathways are no longer dominant. They still exist and you can have a slump, or tense up, or hold tight to tension when you are tired, stressed and those times when you are less resilient. Think about the end of a long day, or driving in peak hour traffic or whatever your stressful triggers might be.
Your new normal is still co-existing with your old patterns. This stage in your learning is when you experience that there are choices in how you can respond to stressful circumstances. Using your BodyMinded thinking you can respond with more ease and interrupt what were your normal hidden patterns of thinking and moving.
Often with students it is this stage when they realise that the BodyMinded approach helps in many ways! They may have started due to a back injury, or RSI, or headaches – once these are addressed with conscious co-operation with our human design. The possibility of application in other areas of everyday life open up.
This stage in your learning your teacher often re-calibrates your learning for you. It is easy to forget how much you have changed!
Again it is good to gauge your change with external feedback:
Do you need to adjust the mirror in the car because you have different sitting posture?
Do you not take as much headache medication as you did a few months ago?
Do you notice when your RSI pain is starting and now change how you are moving to avoid your ‘old’ patterns?
Have friends and family noticed a difference in your posture and or attitude recently?
Do you notice that you have less ‘reactive’ self talk – the “old patterns” associated with your actions have morphed?
Today’s task is to keep your inspiration fresh.
What motivates you?
Quotes from famous successful people?
Photos of your children?
Listening to significant music?
Walking in nature?
Walking the dog?
To get to this third stage in your learning of new habits needs energy and motivation from you. You are very close! To give yourself the support you need to form new habits – recapping my suggestions so far…
- Find a teacher/ coach for external feedback
- Set up prompts inside your daily routine for practice
- Keep your motivation fresh with your style of inspiration.
- Take some time to reflect about how you feel
Next Blog is part 4, the final stage, in the new habit forming cycle
About Kathy Driscoll
I want to share my insights and a few stories about Alexander Technique with you. I’ve used Alexander Technique in some extreme circumstances including the birth of my twins and when I had appendicitis! I also use Alexander Technique for everyday activities as well.
I have been involved with Alexander Technique for more than 25 years. I meet Greg Holdaway (Director of Sydney Alexander Technique) just as he was transitioning from a professional career as a dancer into Bill Brenner’s Alexander Technique teacher training program in Sydney.
Greg now has been teaching for decades, he remains passionate and totally focused on positive results for those he works with, which now include his own teacher training program.
Please get in touch for more information about Alexander Technique.
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