By Omid Bahramzadegan
When I first wanted to start writing posts, Leland was very clear that he didn’t want an advertisement and mentioned it more than once that he wanted me to point out things I like, along with the ones I don’t. That’s what I’m going to do today. My seventh session started out by me telling Leland about discoveries I had on my own. Leland thought he had led me astray, because I was talking about how I controlled my posture during the past week. After reassuring him that he hadn’t, I explained that I wanted to approach my posture both directly and indirectly. Many actors or runway models, control their posture at the beginning. Sometimes there’s not enough time to prepare. Leland had a convincing answer and said that poor posture was a response to a stimulus, which could be people or situations. He pointed out that the chair plays the role of a stimulus and we practice not reacting to it. He also says that habit lives in doing, and by not doing, habit can’t live. It’s true without a doubt, but how am I supposed to stop a habit when I don’t know what it is? Leland insists on looking at things in a different way, and it helps, but sometimes it can be very confusing. As usual, on the day after the session I kept hearing his voice in my head and felt some changes. While walking yesterday, I imagined that my feet and forehead were moving forward, away from each other vertically, and the rest of my body was a little behind, with the spine pointing up. It was great. All in all, I’m so grateful for having the opportunity of learning the Alexander Technique with Leland, but I wish I could meet him in person rather than over the Skype.