Recently, someone asked me to come up with a few, “one-liners” that describe my work as an Alexander Technique Teacher.
Here’s the one that is true for me, and connects to my passion in the work:
“I help people hone the mind body connection and discover the power of thought to instantly free the body.”
However, if I’m lazy, I’ll say:
“I’m a movement coach for actors.”
Or, if I’m feeling really lazy, I say:
“I help people learn how to relax their necks.”
The latter two usually start a conversation. Most people are secretly interested in the lives of actors, and almost everyone has neck tension!
I don’t worry about being too accurate. If we have a real conversation, I might go on to talk a bit about habit and choice, and try and tie these concepts in to who they are and what they do. For example, if I’m talking to a tango dancer who works as a computer programmer, I might discuss what it’s like to carry the habits of sitting crouched at a computer into a tango embrace. I might show them how I can help them out.
Often people will say to me, “You have such good posture, are you a Pilates teacher?”
That also gets a discussion going.