I observe people. A lot.
I have always enjoyed people watching, even as a young child. As an Alexander teacher I am trained in the art of observation of self (and others). So, it’s hard not to observe people. Occupational hazard, I guess.
Some students ask me when I am out in public, if I am constantly judging people’s posture and Use. I’d say I am more of a curious observer than a critic. I wonder a lot at what people do with themselves and why. People and their Use are an endless source of fascination for me.
One thing that I have observed a lot recently is how most people don’t stand on their own two feet. Instead they lean. Continue reading “A Leaning Nation”
Without thinking much about it go ahead and stand the way that feels normal to you.
Now take a look at your feet. Where have you placed them? More or less parallel to each other? This is the most common way I see people place their feet when they are standing.
If you have been noticing that you stand with your hip joints pushed forward and you tend to stand with your feet parallel changing up the way your organize your feet in standing may be useful. Continue reading “Stagger Your Stance”
If you find you tend to stand with your hip joints pushed forward and your upper back thrown backward you are in good company.
As you observe others you will see how ubiquitous this detrimental habit is. Continue reading “Let Your Spine Be Like an Apple Core”
No, a Knee Locker is not a locker at the gym to keep you knees in. It is someone who habitually locks their knees when standing.
What does standing with locked knees actually mean? More importantly, why should you care? Continue reading “Knee Locker”
How did your observations go? Have a chance to check out any mannequins?
Above is a picture of mannequins in a New York City shop window taken by my colleague, Lindsay Newitter (check out her fun blog)
So you see even the mannequins are standing with their hip joints pushed forward.
Why is standing with your hip joints pushed forward so detrimental? Continue reading “A New Use for Your Countertop”