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A number of years ago I had a client who worked in the advertising industry. He had had about 30 lessons and one day when he came in he reported to me that his colleagues were treating him differently. They were more respectful of him and he thought they took him more seriously. All because his body had changed and his posture was much more upright. He felt better about himself, but had not realised that other people would respond to it. His self esteem had changed while his body was changing and he was surprised just how it had changed the interaction he had with others.
I so often see beautiful young girls, often tall, slim girls, slouching while standing in line at the movies or grocery store. It is such a pity that they don’t invest in their posture. However, it is their self esteem that is letting them down. One can change that with changing one’s thinking but one can also change it by working on the body with the Alexander technique. As we mature through the years it gets to be even more important to pay attention to those rounding backs and slumped shoulders I have seen women with excellent posture suddenly start to stoop as they get older. It adds years to your life. The body starts to contract and tighten, here is where the Alexander lessons are so important because they remind you to free up the body and take steps towards releasing, allowing the body to rebalance itself.
Another point I would like to make, is that we loose sensitivity in our feet as we get older and that means we look down at the floor more and more. It is important to remember to always look up, and if necessary to only cast the eyes down, but not to drop the whole head. Also spend as much time as possible being barefoot, this will assist the feet in staying more sensitive. Stand up for your self, defy gravity and grow tall like the trees.
Step lightly, be spritely. www.alextechnz.com