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Posture and the AT

The word posture is part of our language and invariably when I tell people that I teach the AT, they respond with firstly pulling their shoulders back and standing/sitting bolt upright and then say ‘my posture is terrible’, ‘I’ve always had bad posture’.
To me the word posture conjures up a static, fixed position, something that is ‘set in stone’. Try this, sit or stand and ask yourself, ‘am I static, not moving? think about it. Do you have a pulse? are you breathing?.
However still you are, you are always moving, rebalancing, you’re never in a set posture and the moment we try to have a good posture we usually tense up in the effort to have and keep it.

One of the best definitions of the AT that I have heard is ‘The Alexander Technique is a study of thinking in movement’ (see ‘Reach Your Dreams’ by Donald L.Weed, ITM Publications)

‘It’s not getting in and out of chairs even under the best of conditions that is of any value: that is simply physical culture. It is what you have been doing in preparation that counts when it comes to making movements.’
( Aphorisms by F.M. Alexander published by Mouritz)


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