Practices – Inhibition Direction

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Practices

The Alexander Technique is a clearly defined technical practice consisting of 1) “inhibition”, or the stopping of habitual behaviors and patterns of muscular tension, 2) “directing”, or a specific manner of thinking to more favorably organize our thinking and motor control. To inhibit and direct, we have to stop, not worry as much about our ends, but instead give more weight to the means of achieving our goals — we call this “non-endgaining”.

Inhibition Technique

Having lived through the world wars, Alexander writes in 1946 of the dangers of a nation of people who act as “creatures of impulse”

Direction

Basically, “directing” means the signals that we send to ourselves to change our reaction and our motor control.

Non-endgaining

Basically, “endgaining” means that you are so focused on the end, that you do not stop to consider the means by which you reach your end.

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