Basically, “directing” means the signals that we send to ourselves to change our reaction and our motor control. If you form a clear idea of “UP”, then, without performing any muscular act, you are actually changing how you coordinate. If you are feeling “down”, on the other hand, then that thought also changes how you carry out every act in the day, for the worse. In the Alexander Technique, we start with inhibition to disengage or “turn off” old habit patterns, and then use directing — special spatial and relational thinking — to prime ourselves for new patterns. Come back here for a new article on new patterns soon!