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How to improve posture

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:16
Playing any instrument well requires good posture

Good posture is nothing more than keeping your body in balanced alignment, in relation to the activity of the moment. So if you happen to have a violin under your chin, then the weight of the violin needs to be supported and balanced by your whole system, right down to the soles of your feet.
You may well ask: How on earth do I do that? How can I monitor my body, my whole system, so that I can stay in a state of balanced alignment when I am engaged in an activity, or indeed in the ever-changing activities that occupy every day - let alone the specialised activity of my chosen career?
Well the Alexander Technique starts with learning to identify and improve where we are in space. Where is the true (vertical) up? Is my sense of "up" slightly tilted forward or back or to one side?
If it is, then you will undoubtedly be using a little too much muscular tension to keep you there, and when this is released in the course of your first Alexander lesson and you approach a better "up" you will start to feel the release and lightness that keeps us all coming back for more.

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How to improve posture