On Head and Neck
Our head has no movement muscles. The back of our skull is all bones and skin. In the front we have our face-muscles, but these won’t make our head move up, down, or sideways. The muscles in charge of our head-movements are in our neck.
When an Alexander Technique Teacher is asked how to hold the head, or the neck, in the right position – the answer will probably start with the suggestion not to hold. Holding is not a good idea. The more we hold our neck-muscles – the less our head is able to move. Holding causes the neck to stiffen, to tighten, to loose flexibility, and mobility. It causes discomfort. It’s restricting. If we want our head to move freely – we better stop the holding, and let go of the unnecessary tension in such a way that our head will easily move on top of our neck. Think about a bike rider who stops pedaling. The minute the bike is held in one place – and the rider isn’t ready for this – the rider will fall off the bike. The balance between the bike and it’s rider takes place during pedaling. Our head on top of our neck is like the rider on top of the bike. Instead of thinking of how to hold it –think of how to balance it. The movement is always there, even when we stand or sit still. Our muscles constantly adjust themselves by creating either big, or tiny, little, unseen movements.
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