Posture is not position. It is the way we organise ourselves from moment to moment to deal with whatever is in front of us.
What Posture Is – and Is Not
Posture is the way we organise ourselves from moment to moment to deal with whatever is in front of us.
- fluid and dynamic.
- changing from moment to moment.
- affected by our feelings and moods.
It is not
- a pose.
- a position.
- static and unmoving.
How many hours a day do you, or anyone you know, spend just sitting or standing and ‘having good posture’?
How Can We Improve Posture?
Definitely not by trying to force ourselves into ‘correct’ positions. That is only adding more tension over what already exists.
We can improve posture by
- letting go of underlying patterns of tensions.
- allowing muscles to work in the way they were meant to.
- accessing the fluid dynamic support system in our muscles.
How Can the Alexander Technique Help?
With the Alexander Technique, you learn to
- become aware of underlying muscle tensions.
- release them, in stillness as well as movement.
- allow your muscles to support you in the best way possible.
Activities You Can Try
Perhaps you’d like to try some activities for yourself?
- Go through What the Alexander Technique Is Not. This will give you a clear idea of how exactly the Alexander Technique can help you.
- You can start with Active Rest, which is a way of lying down that can rest and refresh you.
- If you want to explore further, check out Things to Try. The activities here will give you an idea of what Alexander Technique work is like.
- You can also opt for lessons. At the moment the only option available is online lessons, because that’s the only safe way! Go on to Online Learning to check the details and see what your options are.
- Prefer an introductory lesson straightaway? Contact me to book a lesson – online, of course!
Our bodies work as a whole unit, not in separate bits, and we will compensate for tension throughout our whole structure. (Carolyn Nicholls)