Drawing of side view of head with arrow pointing up from top of head

String on top of the head

People often think the Alexander Technique is about imagining a string or golden thread coming up from the top of the head.  It is certainly useful to think upwards. Much of our attention is downward: reading, typing, texting, cooking, childcare. This can make us slump and this can cause back pain or neck pain. Neck […]

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Drawing showing strain on neck if leaning forward in neck

Text Neck from Poor Posture

Holding your head down to look at a mobile when texting can put a real strain on the body. A recent study states that texting can harm your health.  Poor posture is one of the main causes. Text Pain, Neck Pain Our heads are quite heavy, around 4-5kg. This is the weight of 4-5 litres of water: Better […]

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The Alexander Technique – Who was Alexander?

  The Alexander Technique was founded by Frederick Matthias Alexander, an Australian actor born in 1869.  He became hoarse and struggled for breath on stage. Doctors did not find anything physically wrong with him and advised him to rest his voice for a few weeks. His voice came back but his problems returned as soon […]

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Drawing of Head Neck Balance for correct posture

Head Balance – Part 2

Having found out where the head balances on top of the neck, what next?  Our heads are very heavy – the equivalent weight of 4 to 5 litres of water. With this heavy weight on top of the body, it needs to work with us and not against us. If the head hangs down, it […]

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Drawing of Natural Head Balance restored by the Alexander Technique

Head Balance – Part 1

To find where the head balances on the neck, place a finger in the soft dent behind each ear lobe. Imagine a line going between these 2 points. The middle of this line is approximately where the head balances on the neck. It’s often higher than people imagine it to be. The head neck joint […]

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