May 30, 2018

Eighty-six years ago, F. Matthias Alexander observed that the “relativity in the use of the head, neck, and other parts” constituted “primary control of the general use of the self” (The Use of the Self, 1932). With the observations made in this groundbreaking book, Al...

May 24, 2018

Developmentally speaking, the semi-supine position is fundamental because it is from this position that we learn all our other movements. It is also very supported.

May 19, 2018

When we direct, we must not worry about muscle tension and think instead about the relations of body parts. Muscles -- even when we are overly relaxed -- tend to shorten and become chronically tight, and for this reason we want to stop tightening, not by thinking direc...

May 14, 2018

For many of us, this is a difficult step to take because we want to change things, to work at things, to do something to make things better, whereas non-doing requires that we stop trying to change things and, instead, allow things to work entirely by themselves.

Muscles are meant to work elastically and we tend to shorten them, we have to think in such a way that the muscles let go and the parts go away from each other. But what do we mean by releasing muscles?

The upright support system, as we've seen, is highly unstable; once it begins to work inefficiently, muscles begin to compensate and it becomes nearly impossible to release the resulting tensions because to do so would compromise balance. When we assume development...

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