Two thoughts for the day:
- Remember we have choices — we can slump or we can sit upright. Alexander Technique teaches us that.
- Lengthen your spine like there is a string holding you up from the heavens. This is especially important to remember when you’re sitting at the computer.
Working with a group of Physical Therapists at Riverside PT, I showed them the importance of their hinges and how we need to get into a practice of utilizing them rather than relying completely on our spine (where there is no hinge).
Hinges work on a ball and socket and rotate more freely. An example is your hip socket.
When you go to use the computer, or pick up a heavy object, use the hip sockets to fold over and get closer. This implements the Alexander Technique in your everyday life.
So it comes back to your being able to make a choice. Not that this technique give you the “right answer” but it gives you something different than what you’ve been doing and it also gives you a means for choosing.
So back to my last post on 6/21/17 This Alexander Technique teaching we are doing gives you NOT the right answer but it gives you something different than what you’ve been doing before and therefore gives you a means for choosing. Where as before you just went and did the same thing you’d been doing before which wan’t working. Now you can do that or undo the old thing which is choosing & would allow something new to happen.
As an Alexander Technique teacher my job is to teach my students how to become more organized. Meaning to have them notice their habit, own it & let it go. What happens is they then get organized by not doing their habit and the “right ” thing does it self, ie: organization. More on this later
So now we know more then we did before about the spine.
More fact about how we might “use” ourselves around posture and uprightness.
I like to think of the spine a a long beautiful pole that has 3 curves, moves & has flexibility.
WE want to think about LENGTHING through the spine, not pulling down and collapsing.
So what do we mean when we say that. It is usually when we feel back pain, compression and are folding in 1/2 under our rib or any other place through the spine. We want to un-do that and length up, out through our heads. Like a whale with a spout!!! UP TO THE HEAVENS!
more to come…..