When Your House Is On Fire, Don’t Expect To Be Subtle

I was about nine months into my Alexander Technique teacher training when my girlfriend of the time noticed that when I walked, I tend to be ball up my hands in fists.

Many nervous people have tics. They squint, furrow their brows, scratch their face, play with their hair, anything to distract themselves from the fire inside.

Sixty four minutes into this video, Alexander teacher Rebecca Tuffey tells a singer with a nervous tic: “You might find that is something you can change once your body is more quiet. If the house is on fire, can you do nuanced things? Are you singing Mozart? No, you’re trying to deal with the emergency. It’s like that in our nervous systems.”

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