identified this tension as a major source of ill health. There is
simply no need to ask our muscles to do more work than is necessary to
be able to perform their assigned job. This forms the basis for what
Alexander describes as "release".
release your muscles.
talk to people about releasing muscular tension using conscious control
I often draw some very blank looks. Using examples is a good way to
describe the process.
give some examples of the process of release and also talk about
Alexander's 5th and possibly his most influential rule:- Inhibition.
cup to your mouth in the normal way. As the cup approaches your mouth
relax your arm and shoulders to reduce tension as much as possible
while still keeping the cup in place.
can see that the tension that was in the arm and shoulder before the
conscious act was really not necessary because the cup remained in
see that the muscles were not totally relaxed as the cup would drop,
but the technique is important as we can apply it throughout the entire
example many of us sit at workstations for several hours a day holding
a great deal of tension in our bodies.
writing something about your day today, as you are writing, focus on
the tension in your neck and shoulders. As the tension eases, you
should notice that your shoulders drop and you feel less tired.
hold your pen can you reduce the tension that is in your hand and
are writing think about the position of your feet, and your legs. Are
you holding extra tension there? Make a mental effort to reduce and
ease the tension in your feet and legs as you sit at your desk.
problem at this stage will be that the second you shift your focus the
tension returns, but this is a temporary situation as your body will
begin to appreciate the state of reduced tension and will do it
technique that people find useful is to look on the tension as a type
of constant annoying chatter, and reducing the tension as quieting the
rules for effective use of body:
the first 2 rules for effective use of body helps the spine to maintain
length throughout the spinal column.
the spinal column helps to maintain curvature and flexibility as oppose
to compression caused by tension throughout the posture.
Autonomic Nervous System of modern man is being over-stimulated on a
through your town or city, relaxing in your own home, whatever your
daily life entails, your Autonomic Nervous System is massively
over-stimulated in comparison to the level of stimulation it is
genetically designed to cope with at an evolutionary biological level.
specifically that the industrial society we have developed into has
largely come about in the last hundred years or so.
motor car, the widescreen TV, the subwoofer hi-fi stereo, the neon
lighting and advertisements, the telephone and its mobile version all
these have appeared in a blip of time in evolutionary terms.
from the perspective of an evolutionary timeline, human beings have
gone from living on a peaceful, relaxing tropical beach to being in the
loudest brashest nightclub in New York in
the space of a millionth of a second.
Clive L. Haslam,
(B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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