You may’t separate pressure in a single a part of your physique from pressure in your entire being. However sourcing mobility and ease in a single place will unfold all through the entire!
Welcome to my journey by the 12 cranial nerves. September is all concerning the third cranial or “oculomotor” nerve which controls a lot of the potential motions of your eye could make. Within the illustration above, the oculomotor nerve is the thickest one, and you’ll see that it branches into 4 separate nerves for 4 totally different muscular tissues. Final week’s submit coated this and provides a video with a 4 step train.
I discover that for a lot of of my college students and mentees, there are two components of “sight.” One among them we have now minimal alternative about, and the opposite we have now a lot of alternative about:
- 1. What we see: you’ll be able to select the place you look, however not what’s current. What’s there’s there. Even when you didn’t watch the information this previous Saturday, everyone knows it was the anniversary of 9/11.
- 2. How we see: the standard of your sight is affected by your nervous system: what state of stability it’s in, what sort of vitality is flowing by it, and the place that vitality is flowing in the direction of.
In case you didn’t get an opportunity final week, you’ll be able to experiment with the motions it creates by watching the video, which I bought some nice suggestions about. A well-known Alexander instructor wrote me: “Sure, sure, sure! Thanks a lot for this present! My eyes had been so drained after educating on zoom for a 12 months, and my neck was tight, I had completely misplaced all kinesthetic consciousness!”
Principally, due to straining to see, she misplaced the sensation sense of her physique. Are you able to relate? Not feeling your physique has a disorienting and nervousness producing impact. We all know we’re anxious, however we don’t know why.
Don’t fear. You will get your feeling again fairly simply. It’s a bit stunning, when you decelerate and take a while to discover, to find that visible pressure is not only within the eyes. It impacts your whole musculature.
The excellent news is, with some conscious experimenting and follow, you’ll be able to change the recurring pressure. Your nervous system is designed to do – and to un-do. Do this experiment (It’s totally different than the video – shorter and easier):
- 1. Squeeze or squint your eyes (with them open or closed) just a bit bit. (I don’t need you to hurt your delicate eye by squeezing too arduous.)
- 2. Open your consciousness to your entire physique. Is it simply your eyes which might be squinting? I discover I can really feel all of it the best way right down to my toes!
- 3. Don’t attempt to chill out your eyes utterly. Simply undo 5% of the squint. How does the remainder of your physique reply?
- 4. Hold undoing the squint by small 1 – 5% increments. Little by little, you might discover your entire physique un-squinting! Cease everytime you really feel glad :-).
I discover that my decrease again, neck, legs, and even my respiration are all affected by this tiny motion. I practiced the train at the least as soon as a day, daily this week. By Friday I discovered myself way more capable of stop visible pressure earlier than it bought an opportunity to take maintain, even when engaged on the pc all day lengthy.
Think about what it’s like to have the ability to undo this sort of pressure inside every nerve pathway! It’s paradoxical that by exploring every separate nerve, we will discover extra concord inside our entire physique. However that’s how it’s! I can do it once I’m sitting on the subway, watching TV, and even once I go for my run. Wish to get some professional steering? Under are all of the methods that you may join with me.
(P.S. If you wish to get an excellent low-cost introduction to my Cranial Nerve Sequencing work, I’ll be main particular workshop to learn the Judith Leibowitz Scholarship Fund, which pays 50% of tuition prices for black, indigenous, and other people of coloration to coach as Alexander Method academics. You may go HERE to search out out extra and join.)