Relax! You Don’t Do It!

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girl with shoulder tension

When I was younger I was frequently told by a variety of well-meaning folks to relax your shoulders. But I could never seem to do it. The more I tried to relax my shoulders, the tenser they seemed to get – and the more frustrated I got.

Excessive muscular tension is a contributing factor to poor posture and musculoskeletal pain. So learning how to relax overly tense muscles is fundamental in improving posture.

But here’s the problem. Muscles don’t relax. Continue reading “Relax! You Don’t Do It!”

What Are You Missing By Tuning Out?

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In the last post I told you about a student of mine who came in wanting help with postural issues related to her scoliosis. This student told me that she had a job that required her to tune out and ignore her body, in order to concentrate on her work.

She also mentioned how exhausting it was to tune back into her body after work.

I actually don’t think that the act itself of tuning back into her body is the source of her exhaustion. Continue reading “What Are You Missing By Tuning Out?”

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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young children reading a storybook

This past spring, a new student called and set up three introductory lessons. At our first meeting I asked her why she had come in. What did she want help with?

Posture, she said. She had scoliosis and was concerned with her posture. I explained to her that my job as an Alexander teacher was by no means to try to straighten her out and create an idealized posture. She seemed relieved. Continue reading “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”