Alexander Technique Posture tips

Alexander Technique Posture Tips

1. Let go of the muscles in the back of your neck.

Your head will slightly rotate forward, and the crown of your head goes up.

Feel your sit bones go down into the chair, while the rest of you moves up. Better posture ensues.

2. Better Posture-Out of a slump.

To come out of a slump, release any neck tension. Head rotated slightly forward, let the crown of your head go up. Let your head lead your spine up.

In opposition to your head moving up, let your sit bones release down into the chair.

3. Posture, Breathing.

Slowly let your jaw open like a yawn, and make a whispered ah sound, breathing out. Think of something that will make you smile.

Then, with your lips together and teeth apart, breathe in through your nose with no sound.

Your torso expands fully.

4. Lessen your Tension

Let go of any extra tension in your neck and jaw.

Free your neck, slowly lower your nose. Your crown moves up.

Notice, and release tension in your neck, jaw, shoulders, and legs.

Re-release neck tension. Whisper ah.

5. Alexander Technique Rest Position

Take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to lie on the floor, on your back, with your head resting on a few inches of paperback books.

Knees bent, and your feet on the floor. Release neck tension, breathe slowly and fully from the top of your chest to the bottom of your torso; front, back, and sides.  

By Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC

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