I am very much enjoying all the discoveries I am making in our lessons. Every time is sooo different. I do think too much but this is something also I am learning about. I can see how "heavy" my energy is at the moment and sometimes, usually at the end, it gets very light and much easier to live with - my whole self-image changes from being a serious and rather worm-shaped being to something quite like a dancer or at least more elegant and confident. I liked your idea about not thinking - I've been using it a lot already and it's making a real difference. Please feel free to send any ideas you get like these! Your analogies are very useful and interesting!
At first, although I could see the changes on the pictures, I was very unsure of how to keep the changes - I wanted to stop in the changed mode all the time and I was worried I wasn't learning permanently! Through Nishino though I am learning a new way of learning and I can see that I don't need to do anything much - my body is learning even if mentally I can't appreciate it. This is very new for me and is such a relief - it makes singing much easier!
Now I can see the pictures quite differently too - and I can feel myself stopping a lot, bracing myself a lot and putting extra unwanted effort into things, like extra weight in my legs and holding in my ribs. I can now feel parts of my body that I couldn't feel before but I am still unaware of tension in my shoulders and ribs when breathing before singing until someone puts their hands there! I guess this will improve with time. In general, since I met your teaching, I am much more optimistic about my ability to change, life in general and myself. Before, I felt that previous Alexander Technique teachers took away my own power because they told me my own judgment was worthless, inaccurate and that I can't trust it. With you I feel my body does know things - there's not something "wrong" with it that needs to be corrected. My power is much restored and strengthening all the time. Thanks so much!!!!!