Tension and twisting in the back happen the moment we do something. It’s like we have blocked out all our ability or sense to feel this when it happens. We become so outwardly focused that we can’t acknowledge what we’re doing with ourselves. I think a big part of the reason for this is that we aren’t aware of how to prevent this. There seems to be no control when it does get bad we just tell ourselves that we’ll do some stretching or exercises later. But what if later is too late? Wouldn’t it be better if there was something you could do in the moment? Or whenever you felt like it? That is the beauty of the Alexander Technique, it can be done at anytime and can become a part of your life the moment you make the mental leap.
You can give yourself time at any moment. You may well be moving, engaged in an activity. It doesn’t mean you have to stop it, but you do have that choice. When you give yourself time you're saying no to thoughts that are irrelevant to the situation at hand or that make you over excited. There is no need to forget yourself. You mustn't do that. You do want to carry on. Try different paces. Experiment to see if your heart rate, breathing and coordination change positively or negatively.
We can do things too fast or too slow. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to build your perception. You need to keep your senses engaged and not switch them off or dull them. It’s so easy to say “Yes I know” and stop listening, stop taking in information, stop observing and stop learning. And that’s a huge problem that you’ve given yourself there because when you do that you block out information, and you can only deal it out. When you learn something new, your mind stays in the past. Everything you learn is a different kind of version of what you already know.
I can’t tell you all the factors that go into this but I can tell you that your attitude towards time will make a big difference to how you see things. Of course if you’re in a rush to get things done there’s very little hope of picking up anything new, apart from finding out that you wished you hadn’t rushed and you had given yourself time. Most sensory feedback is given when we are quietened down and listening, when we get into this state, manner or attitude the likelihood of us picking up more sensory feedback or feeling more is much more likely to occur.
So if you want to feel more then you really do have to make that wish to give yourself time, your first choice and you have to make it a strong wish. You also have to expand it and see how your time is affected throughout your life. If you don’t you may find inconsistencies; panicking and rushing in unexpected moments because you haven’t considered what’s important and what’s valuable. Of course if there really is something you do need to take immediate action on then it will become apparent. But most of the time you can make better use of yourself by giving yourself time rather than throwing it away.