Our own body maps may have contributed to muscular and joint problems where we believe that we are made up of stacked up bones and gravity only falls down us. We also move as if we need to lift up against gravity when in reality this is not the case. We have an anti-gravity system and are made up of millions of springs. Building this into our conscious thinking can change the way we experience movement. We can ‘fall up’ and have the expansion of a spring when walking, bending to pick something up and moving in and out of a chair. We [hopefully] do hundreds of movements a day, and if we do this in a detrimental way, we can quickly see that it will cause joint or muscular problems.
If you think of a tennis ball, how does it respond when you throw it to the ground? This is how we can move too. We need to let gravity fall through us and push our support away in order for our natural balance and springs to work. Bringing this kind of movement into our lives makes movement a joy and an energising activity, just like children are when they move. It is difficult to grasp this concept reading about it. Just like riding a bike, you need to experience this rather than read about it. The Alexander Technique helps you gain an experience of just this. It provides you with a skill you can apply throughout your life, a real investment in your health and to see you through your later life too. For more information on courses see https://www.integratinghealth.com/course