“Stop the Shrinking”: Why Good posture matters

One of the first questions I ask when a new student calls to schedule an appointment is “What brings you for lessons now?”.


Most of the time, the person has at least read something about the technique, and many have already taken a class or had some lessons. Almost every student who calls include in their reasons that they want to improve their posture.

The Alexander Technique has been show effective in solving a wide range of problems, including back and neck pain, tendinitis and other repetitive strain injuries, performance anxiety, trauma, anxiety and stress and easing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Here’s a link to an article from the Harvard Medical School newsletter “Why Good Posture Matters” .

Posture is a dynamic process, involving an interplay of balance, sense, movement and the interplay between bone, muscle, brain and physiology.

As people age, many of us shrink, measuring shorter at the doctor as the years go by.

It’s not always clear how much of that is natural aging and how much of it has to do with postural habits.

Alexander Technique can help slow or reverse the trend. By learning how to release overwork in certain muscles that may be drawing the head and neck in front of the collar, and literally pulling you into a habitual slump, you can improve your posture and use less effort in the process.

©2019 N. Brooke Lieb