Blog of the Week: Hit the Deck

Originally posted on November 20, 2013 by Eve Bernfeld at www.evebernfeld.com/blog.html.

Lying Down in Constructive RestI guess people perceive me as the Posture Police, because they are often saying things to me like: “At the end of the day/at the end of a long trip/when I get off work/[fill in the blank] I’m just too tired to sit up.  I try, but I can’t.  All I can do is just collapse into the couch.  I wish I could stay upright like you.”  This may be said sheepishly with a look of apology, or it may be said in a challenging way, the implication being the speaker’s life is so much more tiring than mine.  Today I officially respond to both types of people: “You think I’m never too tired to sit up straight? Ha!  Why do you think I didn’t post a blog last week?”

I do, however, have a different suggestion for how to deal with this situation.  It isn’t collapsing into the comforting cushions of the couch.  I really can’t think of a time when I would advocate collapse.  I like to allow my joints and organs to have sufficient space to operate at all times.  No, my solution is quite simple.  In the words of a pupil who recently came to her lesson very excited because she had just had this revelation: “If I’m too tired to sit up, I need to lie down!”  Yes!  Sometimes you just need to hit the deck.

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