The current weather makes us huddle and hunch, it narrows and rounds us, the shoulders pull up and forwards and our temptation is to pull the head back into the body – We tighten in response to the cold.
The Alexander Technique makes you more aware of ‘stimulus’ and ‘response’. In a performance setting for example, as soon as you pick up your instrument, whether it is a flute, golf club or tennis racquet then you bring unwanted tension to the activity. The stimulus of pain also causes us to respond similarly by tightening and holding the body where it hurts.
So an awareness of how we ‘use’ our bodies, how we respond to stimuli can improve performance, posture and reduce pain. The Alexander Technique makes you more conscious of your habits and teaches you how to release unnecessary tension.
So do a bit of people watching over the next few days and notice the tendency we have to ‘pull down’ and ‘scrunch’ and if you’d like to find out some more about how to avoid this….Then do get in touch.