Once upon a time, my mother would ask me to place a book on top of my head and walk around the living room. Head held high, off I’d go for as long as possible. It was an interesting precursor both to my profession teaching the Alexander Technique, and my beloved avocation, ballroom dancing.
As it happens, walking with a book on your head is not a bad idea! It may help you think about keeping your head up on top.
The world famous dancer, Bill Irwine, demonstrated ballroom dancing with a teacup on his head. He was that smooth and that elegantly balanced in movement.
Try it; can you walk with a book on your head? Does it help you stay upright?
Do you dare try a teacup?
Why can’t you just “straighten up” at will and stay that way?
Logically, there must be a reason that trying harder isn’t making your body cooperate.
We all have a sense of where we are in space and move accordingly. However, if your awareness is inaccurate, your movement and posture will reflect that in wrong movement patterns. Over time, faulty posture becomes an ingrained habit, so much so, that you probably don’t even feel it. However, even if you can’t feel it, you can see it.
Want to find out? Try something simple; get up out of a chair and walk around while a friend takes video. What do you see? Does it look different than how you imagined yourself to be?
Habits are insidious, and after awhile we simply don’t feel the imbalances. That’s why it’s so hard to correct them. As I tell my students, if you could feel what you’re doing wrong, you’d fix it.
Alexander Technique is an extraordinarily smart way to awaken that inner sense and true it up. Think of recalibrating your inner compass, so that what feels like “up,” actually is.
As you retrain movement, body awareness, and posture, contracted necks release. Tight shoulders expand. Legs swing freely from the hips. The head and neck, in particular, are gracefully poised and the overall line of the body improves.
It works, whether you’re sitting, standing, dancing, golfing, or playing a musical instrument. Heighten your inner awareness and you can move more consciously in whatever you do.
Would you like to have better balance and move more smoothly?
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