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  • Tip 72 – Core/Ab Exercises and the Alexander Technique

    19 Aug 2011

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    Improving your posture and movement is about understanding how to use your body, not excessive core exercises or rippling abs.

    A New York Times article from August 2011 questioned the value of crunches, and I agree (Are Crunches Worth the Effort?). I  hear it all the time, “a strong core and abdominal exercises are essential for proper posture.”  Exercise is valuable, but improved posture and movement is achieved through understanding how to use your body, not crunches. Most children have a natural ability to stand at their full height without ever doing any crunches. Holding your stomach in also impedes breathing and makes you stiff, and excessive crunches may even damage your spine. Here is my take on an alternative view of posture.

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    6 Responses to “Tip 72 – Core/Ab Exercises and the Alexander Technique”

    1. rajesh August 21, 2011 at 8:02 am #

      sir,
      your tip 72 is absolutely true.

      But,
      i 100 percent believe , f.m.alexander designed his technique for patients like me.

      A patient cant do physical exercises which make him even worse.

      In alexander hand written books, he never mentioned importance of physical exercises.

      But, a healthy person can sure prevent the dangerous diseases to attack him.

      Thank you.

    2. rajesh August 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      sir,
      your tips works as a whole for self consciousness, for any body if they think.

      alexander original statement@

      i have to put the head forward and up insuch a way prevented the lifting the chest, simultaneously brought about widening of the back.
      ………….

      In the above statement i think alexander consciously keeping his skull in a direction,
      which not shortens the cervical, thoratic spine length .

      And
      the thortic curve not goes beyond cervical curve, and the cervical curve not goes beyond thoratic curve.

      I dont want to do habitual movements, since iam addicted to alex technique.

      Thank you.

    3. chinnari February 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      alexander technique is all about
      REACTING TO A GIVEN STIMULUS.

      Alex technique is 100 times greater than physical excecises.
      Since,
      in physical excercises there is antagonistic muscle pulls as a whole body using.
      But,
      iam sure we can integrate the alex PREVENTIVE PRINCIPLES in the physical excercises.

    4. chinnari March 1, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      ARNOLD the great body builder did the physical excercises for years.And iam assuming he is doing the physical excercises still now.
      If he discontinues and stops the physical excercises completley what happens to him?

      But, i think the alexander technique has many advantages compared to physical excercises, even though we wont get 6 pack.

      Since,
      i believe in alexander technique, there is NO DOING of physical work. But NOT DOING of unnecessary subconscious or unconscious physical work.
      And in alexander technique the atagonistic muscles works as a whole with head,neck,torso, limbs compared to Physical excercises .
      I wont fall TRAP about arnold 6 pack,chest. But i will notice his neck, head, back directions while watching his movies.

    5. Chinnari March 6, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      The body building trainers, dont know what is the back lengthen and widen.

      And this relationship with neck ,head to limbs.

      The just want the muscles.

      They dont know the subtle relationships of torso with the breath rythemic change.

      They will suppress the mood of the mind with muscles.

      They will creates aches in muscles and they feel happy about that, they try to expose the chest muscles to the public.

      They will create the bad feelings with muscles. They even not understands the indirect procedures. These are the cruel people who dont know the relationships of the body and how the brain holds the muscles to cope up with gravity.
      Stimulus is there for doing some thing with muscles, what is the need of excercises.

    6. Amy June 16, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      I like the idea of viewing the body as water (upward geyser, wave, etc.) because water is fluid. Thanks for tip.

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