Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have a stiff neck!
We say we have a stiff or sore neck, as if someone gave it to us and now it’s ours.
In Alexander Technique terms it might be more accurate to say “I’m stiffening my neck.” Of course if you say it that way you sound insane. ‘Just stop stiffening it’ might be advice we’d get.
It isn’t that simple, or is it?
The Alexander Technique teaches us to ‘free our necks’, which basically means reduce or eliminate excess tension in our neck. How do we do that? Tense your bicep as in ‘make a muscle.’Now let it go. How did you let it go? Who knows, but you can do it.
That’s a simple demonstration of what we want to do with our necks and other parts of us. When we employ the principles of the Alexander Technique (especially with the aid of an Alexander Technique teacher) we identify what’s overly tense, and then release it.
Awareness is the first step in the process. It’s simple, yet profound.
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