Session and Exercise
You will learn to get your mind and body in synch – when they are working together, they function harmoniously.
- You’ll become aware of your body, leading to increased versatility and a more diverse repertoire of movements.
- You’ll learn several sets of movements, that when repeated rhythmically to the accompaniment of music will provide a complete work-out for the different body systems.
- You will regain your confidence and lead yourself to wellness – this will automatically signal the brain to create reactions that will help your body to improve its rhythmic movements and expressions.
- You will understand the importance of stopping your thoughts on demand. And you’ll learn that when you’re able to do that, you’ll be able to sense and feel your body on its way to creativity and a larger movement inventory.
- You will be taught the “physiology of behavior” and how your different body systems, interrelate and affect each other.
- You will learn the importance of commitment and responsibility to your body, health and well-being.
- You will learn to integrate these lessons into your life and repeat them over and over again until it becomes second nature. Because if you don’t use it, you will lose it!
An Exercise from Alex’s Forthcoming Book
Conducting: Why This Matters
Conducting means movement. It’s all about self–expression, changing your body forms, your breathing patterns and your facial expressions.
Instead of speaking with words, you are speaking and communicating through your body.
The more you do this exercise – the more you move your hands and arms, change you facial expressions and breathe differently – you will realize how much you had entered into chronic, habitual Parkinson’s behavior and how much you can change that behavior!!
Conducting enables you to open up those body forms blocked by Parkinson’s and by your own scenario and reintroduces you and your body to a different phase of movement. You will become one with the music and you will forget the Parkinson’s story – that fear of not being seen, of hiding your hands so people don’t see your tremors, of pressing your face so it becomes stone.
Conducting is all about rhythm and feeling and expression – it’s the antithesis of Parkinson’s behavior. It’s virtually impossible to remain in your body form and Parkinson’s breathing patterns when you conduct – you have to leave Parkinson’s. The more you conduct, the less Parkinson’s is around.
Control means not having control. With Parkinson’s, you are always trying to control your symptoms. With conducting, you don’t want – or need – control. You simply flow. The orchestra or band plays, the singer sings and you let it wash over your body, mind and soul. Control is the ability to let go, and letting your movements be as they should be – natural and unforced.
When you conduct, you will be amazed at how liberated you will feel.
The key to conducting is feeling like you’re in charge of the music – the band and the singer. Without you, they will not make their beautiful music.
We also have acting, behavior and dancing exercises.