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4 days ago
The problem with sofas....
Modern furniture looks good, but is often woefully lacking in accommodating our bodies.
Many sofas are too long in the seat so in order to get to the back rest, we slump.
They are often too low, so our knees end up higher than our hips, which leads to slouching and often back and neck pain.
If you’re working from home or simply relaxing with your laptop, try to sit in an upright chair at a desk or table.
If you are on the sofa with a laptop or reading a book, put scatter cushions behind you for support. Try a cushion under your device or book, so you’re not rounding your back and dropping your head to look at it.
Think of your skeleton as a tent pole and the muscles as guide ropes, if the muscles running down the back are stretched and the muscles down the front are lax, it’s easy to see how we can end up in a viscous circle.
Our bodies are amazing and miraculous. The problem is they don’t come with an instruction manual. Learning the Alexander Technique will provide you with that manual.
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1 month ago
'She's got the weight of the world on her shoulders...'
We've all heard this old adage.
When we feel burdened and overwhelmed, it is easy to physically pull ourselves down. The extra load this places on the back, neck and shoulder muscles rises exponentially the further the head drops forwards.
If you've tried to stand up straight by throwing your shoulders back and sticking your chest out, you'll know that it doesn't work. We need to be a little bit more subtle and indirect in our movements.
Give this a try and see what you notice:
Place an index finger in each ear and nod your head by gently letting your nose drop. That's the pivot point of the head where it meets the top of your spine. 40% of the weight of the head is at the back and 60% at the front;
Think about the back of your neck moving backwards in order to allow the head to balance on the spine;
Think about your feet on the ground and notice the support you have from the floor;
Be aware of the space just above your head as if your wearing a top hat or a tiara;
Make sure you're breathing. If in doubt, breathe out.
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3 months ago
‘Masking’ the real issues with breathing…
Face coverings and masks are part of our everyday life for the foreseeable.
When wearing one, if you feel you can’t breathe properly, it may be worth checking out whether you are doing one, or both of the most common habits which interfere with our breathing.
Are you mouth-breathing?
If you are, seal your lips gently and let the breath enter and leave through your nose. This should help you feel more comfortable. When we use the nose to breathe, the air is moistened, filtered and warmed before it gets into the lungs. When we mouth breathe, there is a limited amount of filtration and little or no warming or moistening of the in-breath.
Ever had a bad cold with a blocked nose? Our mouths & throat soon feel dry and parched. The effect of mouth breathing with a face covering can feel quite similar, leading to feelings of not being able to breathe.
Are you holding your breath?
Breath-holding is a common and often unnoticed habit. For example, it might happen when we’re concentrating or when we are under stress.
It’s a no-brainer why we feel we can’t breathe, if we are holding our breath.
Next time you wear your face covering, see if you’re mouth-breathing or breath holding and see what a difference it makes to address it.
If you want to find out how to unlearn habits, such as breathing problems, using the Alexander Technique, contact me on 07949 083629 ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
We often say, ‘oh, I need to relax more’, ‘I’m too tense, I need to chill out’.
What do we actually want to happen when we say this?
‘Relax’ is a funny word. It can make people let themselves go floppy and a little disconnected. It’s much better if we can be be at rest, but ready for action when it’s needed.
Think of a car. We’re moving along in the car, changing gear, clutching and accelerating. We’re in movement. In order to ‘relax’ the car. We don’t have to stop and turn it’s engine off and take the key from the ignition.
If we’re at traffic lights, we can be either holding the clutch and revving to engine a bit, waiting for the lights to change. An alternative, is to put the gearbox into neutral and wait for the lights to change before we press the clutch and engage the gears, in that way we’re ready, but not gearing up.
When an activity is over, we need to let our mind and body return to neutral rather than keeping it constantly engaged with our clutches depressed and the engine revving slightly. This is likely to cause excess tension and anxiety.
Think of it as ‘coming to quiet’. Don’t stay with the completed task or over-anticipate the next one.
The Alexander Technique helps people find this easily accessible place of quietness, but readiness and alertness for what life may throw next at you.
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5 months ago
I was so moved by Naomi’s review about how her Alexander Technique lessons had reduced her headaches. ... See MoreSee Less