Your Posture is an expression of how you relate to the world and how the world relates to you. It affects your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
However, if having “good posture” were as simple as sitting or standing up straight, everyone would be doing it all the time. Instead we often find ourselves going between bracing and holding ourselves in one rigid position or slumping. And while a slump may feel good from time to time, it’s essential to have options in life.
How can Alexander Technique help?
You can’t change what you don’t know.
In your Alexander Technique lessons you learn how you uniquely interfere with your fully expanded upright potential, while your teacher uses a super refined gentle touch along with verbal instruction to guide you into a new postural coordination.
The release of the muscles at the base of your skull is followed by decompression through your whole spine, redistributing the muscle tone through your trunk, and in turn alleviating excess pressure through your major lower joints. Your suspensory system is activated. Space is also created for optimal functioning of your internal organs, improving digestion, breath support, and circulation.
Apply it to any activity.
This new postural coordination is not about finding the perfect position. Rather than good posture being limited to sitting or standing up straight, by improving the relationship of your head, neck, and back, to your limbs, Alexander Technique opens up a whole new world of experiencing integrated release, freedom, and expansion in action; whether you’re doing yoga, playing an instrument, using your computer, or giving a presentation at work. Posture becomes an ever deepening exploration of how you respond to any given stimulus in your environment-- whether you react with increased tension or increased release and expansiveness.
Get out of your own way.
Chronic habitual tension stops you from fully becoming the person you want to be. The Alexander Technique teaches you to clear your psychophysical slate and redirect your energy to create greater efficiency and coherence in your whole self.
Instead of looking at what you can do to access pain relief, mobility, freedom, grace etc., you look at what you can un-do. As your mind and body work together to release and redirect the mental-physical blocks dragging you down, keeping you isolated and stuck in the same ruts, you begin to develop an inner and outer attitude of upward connected mobility.
Access sustainable support.
Instead of using your more superficial layers of muscles meant for quick spurts of action (trapezius, latissimus) you learn how to use your deeper layers of muscles (splenius, erector spinae, transverso-spinalis) meant to keep you free and upright for sustained periods of time. Gravity and the ground underneath you become your trusted friends helping you access an endless flow of buoyant support.
Change your habits…Change your life.
We are what we repeatedly do, and each of us have our own unique patterns of unconscious postural habits and excess tensions accumulated over our lifetime. These often develop for good reason in an attempt to fit in better, stand out more, protect ourselves, or please our mothers, bosses, partners, and friends. These habits are neither right nor wrong, but your Alexander Technique lessons provide you with more choices about how to carry and support yourself, so that instead of being trapped by your habits, you can make educated conscious decisions for yourself and your life that uplift and sustain you, and in turn the world at large.