The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

THE REAL REASON THAT YOUR NECK & SHOULDERS ARE SO TIGHT

VIDEO: FREEING THE MOBILIGNMENT™ POINTS BETWEEN HEAD AND ARMS

We brace our head and arms against each other in almost every gesture we make, like brushing our teeth, striking the keys on our computer, tying our shoes. If you don’t believe me, try doing one of those things now and see what you find out.

Because our neck and shoulders are basically all of the territory between head and arms, that’s where the bracing is happening, and that’s where we get tight. Even if we have some idea of the anatomy involved, when we do pay “attention” to it, it just tends to make the tension worse. It’s a horrible cycle really. It should be called At-tension!!!!

Mobilignment™ refreshes your innate ability to pay attention to yourself with ease. It’s based on my work as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and influenced by my many years ofexperience as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

It’s amazing to me that many people go through 75% of their day not really paying attention to themselves at all – because they can! Our movement system carries us down the street and around the corner, up and down stairs, preventing us from running into to each other or getting run over by a car, horse, or bus, even if we are looking at our cell phone the whole time.

If this is you…please don’t jump to a negative judgement of yourself too quickly. It’s actually good news! If your movement system can take such good care of you even when you aren’t paying “at-tension,” surely there must be greater heights it can carry you to.

Mobilignment™ is a system for investigating movement that makes the best use of this intelligence. It uses spatial attention (where we are in space as a whole, and where one part of us is in relation to another) – and kinesthesia – the sense of movement internally and in space.

In my view, our neck and shoulders include all the territory between:
1) our head
and
2) our arms.

How can you make a change in the bracing between them?

It’s much easier for me to show you than to write about it. Watch the 7 minute video above to free the relationship between Mobilignment™ points for your skull and your lower arm. It feels so good, and your neck and shoulders will have no choice but to come along for the ride.

This is one example of the kind of investigations we make in Mobilignment classes. I believe that through returning to an open minded investigation of movement – larger, more basic movements like walking, running, rolling, and just moving for the pleasure of it – your movement system will return to sanity in all the small things of life, the more refined movements like those done in a yoga class, in your kitchen, at your desk.

If you are hungry for more, you can

1) Attend the worldwide class online or the live class in NYC. Classes are once a month, online the last Sunday of every month 11 – 12:30 EST; or live in NYC on the first Saturday of every month from 3 – 5 pm, and you can register here on the workshops page for the next class.

2) Go here to view more videos on Mobilignment™.

3) Try a private lesson.

Enjoy!

February 4th, 2019 • No Comments

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