shutterstock_140404582A Curator of Your Self: How would you respond to the question, “What do you do for a living?” You might say that you’re a teacher, a word processor, a homemaker, a computer programmer, a violinist, a dancer, or a singer. You might be tempted to describe the results you attain rather than how you attain them. If a homemaker responded, “Well, when I lift the kids I’m feeling a twinge in my back.  When I stoop and squat, I’m feeling stiff and having some trouble getting back up, and by the end of the day my back is killing me,” eyebrows might be raised. Why, because most people, our families and employers included, are more interested in what we do, rather than how we do it. And that is too bad. For it is the way that we achieve our goals, the way we live, and move, and act that determines our health and our happiness. My goal, and that of every other teacher of the Alexander Technique, is to enable you to become a caregiver, a curator of your self. You’ll find that in paying attention to the “how,” you’ll change the “what,” your walk, your talk, your moving, and your lifting. Homemaker, office worker, businessperson, doctor, you’ll find too that taking good care of your self is the essential part of caring for others. The Alexander Technique, it might be the most altruistic thing that you can do for your good self.