Have you seen Old Spice Body Wash advertisement with Isaiah Mustafa? I don’t know if Mustafa has every taken Alexander lessons, but he does display a quality of poise and posture that is taught through the Alexander Technique. You can look more like the Old Spice guy than you think. Read the following points and then scroll down to watch the video.
- A clearly defined torso. Look at Mustafa’s torso and notice how still and clearly defined it is in relation to his head. His back is like a wall, but there is no rigidity and he is not holding his shoulder back. Mustafa’s torso shows both strength and ease.
- Head forward and up. Look at how forward and up Mustafa’s head is in relation to his torso. The top of his head is so high that his face is rotated toward the ground. If you have ever taken an Alexander lesson you might have experienced your head as forward and up and thought you were looking at the ground. You can see that although Mustafa’s head is rotated very far forward, he is not looking at the ground.
- Dynamic opposition in the head/torso relationship. One of the markers for poise and improved posture that you can learn through the Alexander Technique is a dynamic oppositional relationship between the head and torso. Mustafa has this. His torso is stable and back (not forward), in relation to his head. His head is free from his neck and very far forward in relation to his torso. That relationship is an important reason for why he appears so poised. Anyone can look better and feel more open by learning to allow the head to come forward and up in relation to the back.