Posture and the Alexander Technique.
— what is ‘bad’ Posture? — When the muscle system is unbalanced some muscles are tight, others collapsed or under-used. To the eye this can be chronic slouched head/neck, rounded upper back (kyphosis), caved in middle back (lordosis), hips out of alignment and so on.
Iris Cook came to me in her mid-seventies on her doctor’s suggestion; she had never heard of the Alexander Technique.
Her Story: “I came because of my posture; I was tired, lethargic, down, depressed, and wanted more energy. I had been sick and I couldn’t see the way out of the sickness. I had done office work for a long time; it had caused me to become bent over and I had a bad habit of leaning on my arm while I worked with the other one.
I discovered too that I haven’t been lifting my feet high enough when I walk…. now the back straightens up”.
The physical affects the mental. The mental affects the physical.
Iris continues “The Alexander Technique has helped me change. Now I can sit, walk and stand relaxed with enjoyment. Health wise, I feel 100% better than I was I have got a get up and go now! I am not young and it has taken time but it has been so worth it. My friends have noticed the difference in me. It has been well worth the whole thing. I want to live till I’m a hundred because there is so much to do. (laughs)” Iris, Auckland.
Debra Caplan, Alexander Teacher and Physiotherapist says: “One of Nature’s most capable inventions is the human spine and all its surrounding structures. The torso is a structural triumph providing both flexibility and strength. However it can only serve us properly when used in a well-integrated way. All too often we misuse the flexibility of the torso by continually bending from the waist as though it were a hinge. The torso should be used as one functional unit”.
If you are told to “stand up straight” does this work? After a while the body goes back to its original shape where the muscles are fixed. Do we have conscious knowledge of how our whole system works; mostly the “automatic pilot” is operating all the time.
Gaining the knowledge needed to stop the downward spiral is the first step to regaining the natural poise and health which is our birthright. FM Alexander said “You can change the habit of a lifetime with just one thought”!
Luke Gregory said after lessons with Jann: “My confidence has increased the most. I just feel good more often now. I laugh and joke more and experience less anxiety. My posture has improved.”
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