Lessons provide us with an opportunity to stop and take some time out for ourselves amongst all the priorities and stress which can be a part of everyday life. This time very much giving us the opportunity to consider how we use our bodies, such as becoming aware of our sense of balance, our breath the resonance and quality of our voice, and how much muscular effort we make performing simple movements which we repeat numerous times each day, such as sitting and standing, speaking, etc. Learning to prevent our habitual responses whilst undertaking these simple activities and replacing them with more consciously-chosen ones takes patience and can be of benefit when it comes to improving our poise, co-ordination and breathing.
Lessons involve very gentle hands-on guidance by the teacher and the pupil does not need to wear any special clothing. The pupil is taught a technique which addresses the way in which we are using our entire selves, this may have resuledt in muscular aches and pains, stress, worry, anxiety etc. No one area of the body or specific symptom is concentrated upon too much, rather the teacher and pupil together, take into account the entire total pattern of co-ordination. Indeed, it might come as something of a surprise to a new pupil that nothing much seems to be happening during a lessons, being asked as they are to think rather than do, which is not generally the way in which they have experienced on the receiving end of teaching previously. By unlearning unhelpful habits, patterns of thought and movement, which impede our freedom to function, we can begin to undo the many layers of misuse which may be hindering us. After a lesson, the general feeling is one of all round positivity, improved attitude, co-ordination and demeanour.