The Space Between

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woman in red dress standing in meadow with arms outstretched

“Good posture is spready instead of squished,” is the sage advice of my colleague Lindsay Newitter’s 9-year-old daughter.

The 9-year-old’s quote was part of an article on stress, posture and the Alexander Technique that appeared in the New York Times last August.

How do you think of good posture? Often we think of an optimal shape or position we need to get into instead of a quality, such as a quality of being more “spready”, to quote my colleague’s daughter again.

But how do you achieve a more “spready” quality to your posture? Continue reading “The Space Between”

Back Problem or Front Problem?

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man holding lower back in pain

Back pain is a huge epidemic in our culture.

You’ve heard it before. It’s the second most common complaint in the physicians office. 80% of us will suffer back pain at some point in our lives.

If you haven’t had back problems yourself, I bet you know someone who has.

Richard Brennan, a well-known Alexander Teacher Trainer and author of many books on the Alexander Technique, likes to say that people don’t have back problems. They have front problems. Continue reading “Back Problem or Front Problem?”

Stagger Your Stance

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people standing on train

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”