Working in “prone,” or face down, is the first step in developmental movement. Many people avoid this position because noses and necks can get crunched, so I have invented a support that I call The Launching Pad™ to alleviate these discomforts. This support also helps if you have had trauma in the shoulder joint space such as a rotator cuff injury or bursitis.
Feedback from a recent workshop on THE LAUNCHING PAD™ at the AMSAT annual conference in Chicago:
I found your teaching to be truly fascinating and was inspired by your enthusiasm. Thanks also for speaking to me briefly about my arms and the difficulties I have encountered with them as a cellist. Your insight was helpful. Images work well for me and thinking of my arms as wings while lying on the pad in prone makes total sense!
THE LAUNCHING PAD™ is used for the Alexander Technique training course in Milwaukee as a support for encouraging the spine’s primary, or fetal, curve.