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Shouldn’t we try to gain end?

“End-gaining” idea in the Alexander technique I made my comments in a post of a facebook group about “end-gaining”. A person solved his/her problem of making excess tension in playing a violin. He/she made excess tension even when he/she brought up a violine. To solve it, he/she tried to think like “not even think of…

The suboccipital muscles, a point of leverage?

There is discussion in the facebook group, Alexander Technique Global, about the suboccipital muscles, whether they function like a point of leverage or not. It means that if the suboccipial muscles are somewhat released, we are able to make more coordinated movement, i.e., we use all of the body and functions well. I don’t think…

What makes the head up?

What makes our head up?

An image of “the head up” If we pull a rope (right in the above diagram), the top of a pole moves up in rotation. Our head moves up like this kind of scheme. “Up” is generated by mainly the muscles in the back, working together with the muscles in front. The head actually moves…

Chosen movement may not be the best one

There are many movement solutions in one activity. People choose one movement out of many movement solutions to complete the activitiy. The context of the activity still affords multiple movement patterns, and this mean the chosen movement pattern is not always the most advantageous movement (i.e., minimum muscular effort, no wasted movement). This comes from…

Why “Posture” won’t help?

Just positional change won’t give us good result, but less muscle contraction or adequate recruiting of the muscles will. This is through teaching experience. In kinesiology there is a term ‘postural control’, and it includes both its position of the body and muscular activity for supporting the body. However, people will think of just position…

The more we know, the more we feel ease

There is a therapy called Focusing. This could be good in psychotherapy, but I think that this won’t help movement problem very much. It may help, but it probably takes more time. The AT lessons will help better. Most of the senses (especially inner senses) are vague and unclear as the introduction page of Focusing…

“Non-doing” direction is for higher bone mass?

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/do-our-bones-influence-our-minds This article is interesting, although we don’t yet know whether it is applicable to human-being. Higher bone mass may affect better mind state. Anyway, we already know higher bone mass is better for our health, and the key for it is how well we use the bones. I have a thought on this. Doing…

Why is “think of the whole body” effective?

One of the recommended processes in the AT is “to think of the whole body” or “think of the self as a whole”. When we move with this intention, somehow we can move easier and lighter. Performance with this intention will be better like fluent, integrated, or well co-ordinated. We empirically know that this intention…

Weightless or not

Again, I had discussion about “weightless” with an AT teacher in Facebook.   An AT teacher says “To be weightless then means to somehow be free of this downwards-acting force.” Then the teacher says “both of the weightlessness boxes – a net zero equilibrium force, and no preferential strains” as conditions of weightless. It will…

Bone or Tension

I had discussion with an AT teacher in Facebook, and I like to share here.  We should study more about the alignment of bones (the relation between compression or the compressed members). How we align bones and whole body is an important question we ask.  An AT teacher said “pupils should stack their bones properly…