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Hello Friends,

Once upon a time, my mother would ask me to place a book on top of my head and walk around the living room. Head held high, off I’d go for as long as possible. It was an interesting precursor both to my profession teaching the Alexander Technique, and my beloved avocation, ballroom dancing.

As it happens, walking with a book on your head is not a bad idea! It may help you think about keeping your head up on top.

The world famous dancer, Bill Irwine, demonstrated ballroom dancing with a teacup on his head. He was that smooth and that elegantly balanced in movement.

 

 

Try it; can you walk with a book on your head? Does it help you stay upright?
Do you dare try a teacup?

Why can’t you just “straighten up” at will and stay that way?
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Hello my friends!

More and more, research shows that good posture is connected with well-being, both inside and out. The way you feel, your mood, and your health, are intrinsically linked.

It turns out that it’s not so easy to unfold after sitting for hours, slumped and compressed. In today’s Wall St. Journal – Your sitting posture carries over into your standing posture!

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Hello Friends,

Have you seen the new posture shirt?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get dressed in the morning and wear your posture to work?

Whose responsibility is your posture, anyway?

Is it okay to take over your own back muscles with a shirt, so that your muscles can relax and not be used? What will happen to them if you never use them?

I agree that support is helpful as a reminder. However, it’s not a substitute for the body we’re born with and are supposed to be able to use, right out of the box, nothing added.

Here’s an article in today’s Wall St. Journal: Scientific Evidence on Posture Shirts

I agree with some of the ideas, and not others. I do think that such a shirt is a good reminder to be upright.

From the article – yes, to this: “While the shirts may help provide a boost for some,
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Hello my friends!

Do you have back pain? This is a brief video with one scientist’s view of the Alexander Technique. Sharon Gourdji came for lessons because of low back pain that had persisted over a number of years. Half a dozen lessons later, she is feeling better.

She is also a dancer and has some insights on unexpected benefits that she found:

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Hello my friends,

One of my students came because of posture, and discovered that Alexander Technique helped her deal with a much more serious issue in her life…Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH1BD9gjlT8

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Greetings!

As January is well under way, health and fitness are on many of our minds. Good posture helps with whatever you do. You will instantly look more confident and more slender. It helps with body mechanics and improves your workout results.

According to the current issue of Harvard Medical School Health Beat Extra: