A few weeks back, I wrote about working with Alexander Technique Teacher, Alison Jane Taylor and how changing my intention around listening and observing the singers I work with re-coordinated my body alignment and posture in some very cool ways.
Guess what? I’ve been experimenting with a little intention redirection with the singers I work with [I know. I AM SO VERY SNEAKY.] and … wouldn’t you know it? We found some interesting new directives that helped to re-coordinate their bodies!
let’s see now … which to share …
working with a singer who collapses the upper body or whose shoulders tend to lock forward? rather than asking them to stand up straight or to keep the shoulders released, try:
- dividing the sternum in half (IN YOUR IMAGINATION, OF COURSE ) and sending each half of the sternum to the opposite side of the room at the same time
- imagining the shoulder blades are in love with each other and want to touch (BUT NOT IN A GROSS WAY)
- visualizing wearing the largest epaulets known to mankind and allowing the shoulders to expand into them (KIND OF LIKE ‘NOBLE POSTURE’ BUT NOT SO, YOU KNOW, STUCK)
- having a dinosaur tail (DO THIS FOR REAL IF YOU CAN. AND THEN SEND ME THE PICTURES) that allows the body to release backward and find a more open and grounded stance (THANK YOU SARAH WHITTEN FOR THIS FABULOUS VISUALIZATION)
how do you change intention to coordinate the body in your studio? #imcurious
ps, if you’re in the Toronto area, you are CORDIALLY INVITED to come and hang out with Alison in August!