The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

Do you wonder “why do I keep pushing myself so hard?”

Because, it’s all you know how to do. If you need to get something done, you just push ahead and do the best you can. And sometimes, it hurts! I want you to know that meeting the stress of life, and pushing back, should not have to hurt. Take a look with me at HOW we push, and just one place we push from: your neck.

When we push with our neck, we are usually pushing from an IDEA of our neck, which may or not may be real, or accurate.

WHAT YOUR NECK IS NOT: It’s not just the top 7 bones, which flow from behind your collar bone up to the roof of your mouth. I know that’s what alot of people think of, though, when you say the word neck. Because that’s where they push from, and that’s where it hurts!

Here is an image that expresses this concept:

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EXPERIMENT: Imagine this part of your neck inside your body. Don’t worry about being “right” about where it is or feeling anything in particular, just imagine where it is. Push gently against a wall with both hands, thinking of pushing from this idea of “your neck.” Where do you feel tension? What is it like?

 

WHAT YOUR NECK IS: PART OF YOUR WHOLE SPINE AND YOUR BACK!

It’s a wrong idea to separate the neck from the whole spine, since it is one continuous structure. The top of your spine is roughly located between your ear canals and behind your nose, and it ends just behind your pubic bone. Look at the image below. “Neck” is continuous with spine, and structurally separate from head, with 29 bones (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 1 sacrum, and 4 tail bones). It’s very long, and I think it’s beautiful!

What would it be like to push from your whole spine?

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EXPERIMENT: Take a moment to imagine your spine inside your body, from top to bottom. Don’t worry about being “right” about where it is or feeling anything in particular. It’s hard to “feel” your spine. Just imagine it. Push against the wall with both hands again from your SPINE, once you have the image clear for yourself.

Where do you feel tension? What is this like?

If this helps you, I have many wonderful experiments to share with you that may make your life surprisingly easier. Please email or call me for a lesson! Just because a misconception is common, doesn’t mean you have to suffer because of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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