Friday, September 17, 2010

to be Hyper-Aware or to be Tension Free...?

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." ~Chinese proverb

As an actor who has taken Alexander, years of dance, yoga, and mask classes to deal with the issue of physical tension, I will tell you...I STILL STRUGGLE WITH THIS! And I feel like I always will. I do feel like I have a body-awareness mastered, though. But to the point where it's always on my mind, and probably not in a healthy way for my performances. The moment I become aware of tension in my neck, I start working to get rid of it. A few months later, I notice the tension is gone in my neck, but something weird is going on in my fingers. Or I'm curling my toes. Or I'm so loose, I'm hunching my back or overextending my knees. It's like...tension displacement. Will I EVER be satisfied and totally tension-free???
I'm really hoping I'll find a coach in a master's program that can help me to find balance.

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