Semi supine/Active rest is one of the aspects of the Alexander Technique that most people absolutely love. It is likely that it will be +/- the only “Alexander Technique Exercise” your teacher will give you. The challenge is to develop the habit of doing it daily. The benefitswill begin to show themselves and your body will thank you for it! Rest in this position (with the support of books under your head) at least once per day (for about 5 – 20 minutes)
Allow your body to settle, and rest into the support of the surface you are laying on. Observe your body/notice what it is like. Notice your surroundings. Invite release of any unnecessary tension. You have given yourself permission and time for this. Think…
“I have time.
I have time to rest,
I have time to invite my body to release unnecessary tension,
You can also experience the process of active rest via my audio instructions. Just use the player below. (or if you are using an older browser you may only see a download link). Any problems – contact me! For a FREE longer version on active rest contact me!
9 Video’s (originally produced for International Alexander technique week 2017) I produced on Active Rest which form a retreat and would form a good basis for doing Active Rest.
Improves kinaesthetic awareness (awareness of the position of your body in space) as a result of giving directions (invitations to your body to release)
Facilitates awareness of the relationship between the head, neck and back
Facilitates awareness of how body and mind are not separate
Provides an opportunity to notice and reduce unhelpful habitual thought patterns/mental chatter via the use of stop and the mindful approach of using conscious thought (i.e. directions) to release excess tension
Facilitates/speeds up your learning process of The Alexander Technique via improved kinaesthetic awareness
Helps you to re-train your thinking to gain conscious control of how you use yourself by providing an opportunity for quiet self-observation
Can be an effective stress management tool and can induce calm (before and after a stressful event) as it provides a stop and a release