Posture or Use?

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Alexander Technique is often associated with improving posture. And certainly people that study with an Alexander teacher over time frequently show physical changes that others notice as improved posture.

When speaking to people about what I do, I often say that I help my students change poor postural habits or improve their posture. I use the word posture because it is a word most people have heard before. Most people have some notion of what posture is about.

However, here is my dirty little secret: yes I do help people with their posture, but not by helping them with their posture. Continue reading “Posture or Use?”

What is Posture? (Part 1)

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girl standing with outstretched arms

So what is posture?

If I have a student who comes to me for help with improving her posture I start by finding out what she means by posture. Because how she chooses to think about, define and conceptualize posture is going to impact how she is going to try to improve it. And the stumbling block to improving her posture can very well start with how she is thinking about posture.

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