We all have unconscious movements in our bodies that can work for or against us. If we don't know about them, then most of the time they are working against us. But it doesn’t start out like this. When we are babies, we have these special, fantastic movements in the body. As we get older they get worse. You can see some pretty bad things happening sometimes in those as young as three years old.
I’m not talking about flexibility or range of movement. Coordination would be much closer to the mark. Coordination in the sense of getting parts of your body to work together. Primarily between the neck, head and back. When working well this coordination feeds into the legs arms, hands and feet.
If you take care of the main trunk of your body (which most of us don’t) the neck, head and back, then everything else will follow on from it. And will get coordinated indirectly. So the neck, head and back relationship is primary. It comes first. It's the control point from which everything else is decided in the body. This has actually been scientifically researched and proven by Dr Coghill in the 1950s if you are interested.
It's very easy to see this going wrong in the body; hunched shoulders, curved back, atrophied muscle, tight neck. We can call that the startle pattern. If we are scared, stressed or even just trying something new we tend to do it. Once we get into this habit of startle pattern, it’s hard to break because it becomes harder to feel the more we do it. Shrinking in response seems normal.
The less we feel it the more normal it becomes and the more normal it becomes the more we accept it as how the body should work. So instead of the startle pattern being something we could do it becomes a habit we repeat excessively.
It does help to have a rough idea of what the startle pattern is.
You can see how the neck, head and back relationship gets disturbed when the startle pattern comes into effect. So what? Big deal you might say, we can just get through it and get on with it. Well yes, you can but you pay a price.
So you need to make use of semi supine and have the attitude of giving yourself time if you want to start to change this in any meaningful way.
Hi, I'm Edward Fisher and I believe that everyone can have a life free from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and many other musculoskeletal pain related conditions. I recovered from slipped discs and sciatica. I spent 10 months being unable to walk. After 3 months of Alexander Technique I was walking again. Now I show others how to do the same thing for themselves.
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