One of the most important features of our human anatomical design is our front length. When the first hominids reared up on their hind limbs to become fully upright, everything suspended below the spine- the guts, rib cage, etc- now hung out in front of the spine. This means that we are not evenly balanced front-to-back. This places the onus of support on our back muscles (the extensors) to keep us standing, and they can work properly only when the whole system is lengthening and the back muscles are doing their job in this context…Read More
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When asked where the hip joints are located, many people point to the pelvic bones—the big, bony rim along the top of your pelvis that forms your waist. Technically speaking, twhere is the hip?hese are not your hips but the crest of the pelvic or iliac bones; the word “hip,” as any doctor will tell you, refers not to the iliac crest but to the hip joint…Read More
Imagine, if you will, a classroom full of children. These children are not 4 or 5; these children are 10 and 12, 14 and 16; and they aren’t just engaged in activities but paying attention to themselves in a way that has virtually never happened in a public school classroom. Their teacher is likewise concerned not just with what they are learning but with the quality of how they engage in their activities, because she (or he) has an awareness of the child’s whole system and appreciates that it is the true foundation for whatever the child does. This is a truly enlightened approach to education that takes into account the child’s emotional, intellectual, and psychophysical development, encouraging the fullest development of the child and not simply focusing on end-goals and accomplishments…Read More
In the last post, we discussed how we as teachers think about the Alexander Technique as a set of principles. Recently, I have heard our work spoken of as a kind of kinesthetic re-education based on correcting inaccurate body schema in order to bring about improved muscle tone. This definition sounds very plausible…Read More
We often speak of our work as a set of principles that can be applied to the use of ourselves in any activity, all working around the concept of the primary control. But describing our what we do in these terms, while useful up to a point, has greatly limited the scope and purpose of our work, which is based on key discoveries that go far beyond the practice of principles…Read More