Monday, December 01, 2008
What are you doing right now as you’re sitting and reading this? At least I assume you’re sitting and reading. Maybe I shouldn’t assume that, but I think it’s safe to assume you’re not skiing, or skydiving.
If you are sitting, where is your face? Is it poking towards the computer screen?
As you become more present, you might notice that you also poke it towards a book you’re reading, the person you’re speaking with, your car windshield when driving, or poke it forward as you’re walking.
A clearer way to think about this is that you might be poking your neck forward. We tend to poke our necks forward and down, when what we want is the opposite.
We want to have our necks back and up.
Try not to stick or push your neck back and up; just allow it to go back and up. This is a preventive action.
If you gently let your neck move back and up, while you let your nose tilt slightly downwards, and let the crown of your head move up, you’ll be expanding instead of compressing.
Again, this is best done with the aid of a certified Alexander Technique teacher, but if that is impossible knowing and applying these concepts can help.
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