‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’

I can’t believe it’s only one week since ‘lockdown’! I have wavered between feeling very anxious for my family in London, and at the heart breaking stories and pictures on the TV, and in the paper; and experiencing a calm from being outside, watching the chickens take a dust bath, and seeing the tiny cowslips on a bank of grass grazed by our sheep.

It seems to me that anxiety in the face of this unbelievable situation is inevitable. Can Alexander Technique help? I remember some years ago standing at the kitchen sink washing up – I was thinking about a forthcoming choir concert – and was feeling that horrible churning feeling in the pit of my stomach. Suddenly I thought – it’s that churning feeling I don’t like, and so I turned my thinking to something more constructive – ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ – and gradually came to feel more grounded, and the churning feeling slipped away. So that’s my practice at the moment – to find some physical stability that in turn can lead to mental and emotional stability.

I will be exploring some of these practical ways of dealing with stress in some online sessions in the coming weeks. See events.