Ease on Skis applies principles of the Alexander Technique to learning how to ski. Its aim is to build confidence and ease into every action of skiing, progressing step by step through:
- ~carrying and putting on ski equipment~
- ~trying out movements in warmth and safety indoors~
- ~exploring ski movements on level snow~
- ~using gravity instead of fighting it when skiing downhill~
Unlike conventional ski instruction, which focuses mainly on what to do with your legs and feet, Ease on Skis focuses mainly on how you balance on skis in response to moving downhill. Security is found in the dynamic stability of the back as it follows the head and senses, not in fixed leg positions such as snowplow. Pressure and focus lighten up off your legs, and this helps them move more freely. Panic and stiffness gradually subside, and you learn instead how to stay calm and mobile on your way down mountain slopes. Any skier from novice to expert can use this process to find more grace and ease and control. This dynamic ease that is learned often carries over into everyday life.