Blog of the Week: Gokhale Method vs. Alexander Technique

Originally posted by Ariel Carson on June 15, 2015 at

Photo by Eliot Elisofon via Tumblr

Since its publication, this story, entitled “Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain”, was sent to me so many times by members of my community, a thoughtful response from my perspective as an Alexander Technique teacher seems appropriate and hopefully useful.

Ms. Gokhale’s method aims to relieve back pain by using exercises and anatomical education to restore the shape of our spines to what is widely observed in some indigenous cultures, and ancient artistic representations of the human body. From an anatomical perspective, much of her information is useful, and it’s wonderful that she’s helping and getting her message across to so many people.

The method pays attention to things like optimizing the position of your pelvis in order to avoid sitting on your tailbone. It offers tips on how to utilize your major hinge joints for easier bending. There are exercises designed to stretch the muscles of your back while sitting and sleeping, which help to decompress your cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebral discs.

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