Blog of the Week: What does wearing a hot-water-bottle cover as a hat have to do with the Alexander Technique?

Originally posted by Annie Turner on November 7, 2013 at thebodywonderful.blogspot.co.uk.

Annie Turner, Alexander Technique Teacher

On Sunday I posted this to colleagues on a facebook page: “Just wanted to state my appreciation to FM; the long drive home tonight, wrapped in and fixed rigid by a ton of scarves against the very cold, windy and wet from my broken driver’s side car window, had me appreciate the humble free neck; I didn’t have one for all the journey (despite the attempt), and it had me realise I mostly do. And how much more comfortable it is! Good to be reminded of this fact!”

So, who is FM? And why am I so grateful to him?

FM – Frederick Matthias – Alexander discovered certain ways as to how the body best functions; the basic situation being that the human being is a much happier bunny (!) when the joint between the skull and the top vertebra (atlanto-occipital joint) is free to move. The four tiny pairs of muscles that run over this joint are massively instrumental in us functioning successfully and happily. Of course there’s a lot more that goes on around here, but I am very fond of these little guys and often refer to them in my teaching.

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