I love the creation story where spirit, breath, moves upon the face of the waters. What happens when your breath moves upon the face, the surface of, say, your morning coffee. Waves. What if all creation were waves? That’s what some physicists are telling us today. Matter is vibration, the resonance of super-strings, more musical than we’ve dared admit. I believe that the healers of the future will be those who deal in resonance, in touch, in music, and in movement, and I think the Alexander Technique will be a part of that.
Want to be a part of that right now? Catch the wave. Breathe. Notice that you are breathing in, being filled. Notice that you are breathing out, being emptied. Let the breath play upon you. Whisper schwa, the sound of the “a” in aplomb, or the “o” in harmony. Let that sound play you. Let it will up from the central tendon of the perineum, the point where the pelvic and anal triangles meet. Let it speak of the earth beneath you. Let it resonate in the whole of your body, in your feet and legs. Now, if your’e ready, let the vocal folds flap in the breeze. Let the schwa be voiced. This is your primal sound, meaning first, original, but never violent or rough. Nourish it. Recall it. It’s a place to which you can return at any time when you seem to have lost your way. It is the genetic material of every sound. Claim it and you reclaim you vocal identity, your center, the source of your vocal health, the earth. It can accomplish wonders.