| Helena Raulus, European Law expert
After I had started the Alexander lessons, a colleague asked me what are you doing there. I am currently re-learning to stand and sit, I answered. My colleague laughed, this must be a very easy class.
No, not easy. It is essentially one of the most difficult things I have ever done: unraveling the way I re-teaching my body how to move. Noortje has been invaluable in this process. She has patiently, using different approaches and techniques, guided me in understanding Alexander. Most importantly, Noortje introduced to me the idea of moving without effort, and how it is important to simply keep simply the right directions. Head up and balancing on top of the spine, legs and arms free.
In addition, we have been working a lot especially on disconnecting the movement of one body part from another. If my arm moves, this does not mean that I need my whole upper back to move it. Or, my hand can move, and elbow can meanwhile stay resting.
This is something that connects me back, especially to the time when I was dancing a lot.
This kind of awareness of the body and its separate parts was then an obvious fact. Through the years of being chained to the desk, working on laptops, papers, reading and writing, this ease in movement got buried somewhere. Through this connection, somewhere deep in my body memory, underneath of all stress and tension, I can see and sometimes feel the younger being again, the one who could move lightly and efficiently
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