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  • Stretching to help align a left looking pelvis
    left side and because of my guitar playing which I discuss later Today my neck is held more aligned with my spine Yes my spine was twisted as was my pelvis To further rectify I now turn my head at the C1 disk which is at the top of my spine This is a more proper and graceful movement This grace and poise is then transferred throughout the body to include the pelvis Do not make a head turn using the neck at the C7 disk located lower at the top of the shoulders as this appears as an unsophisticated movement Another problem for my pelvis was that I played guitar improperly In my youth my back and pelvis began its left looking posture and this was exasperated by my guitar playing This hobby required that I look left at the guitar neck while playing being right handed I turned my head at the C7 disk and my left hand holding the guitar neck was pulling my left shoulder forward and down and my right strumming hand was holding my right shoulder to the rear This affected my pelvis It began looking left Guitar playing for many is not bad for the back I ve noticed that people who ve always had good posture held their guitars with no ill effect to their posture These players would be for example Eric Clapton or George Harrison For me though guitar playing came with a price to my posture In 2009 I had to stop playing at least for a few years to stop my left looking body and pelvis I ll pick the guitar up and play when my back is better aligned when my posture is more upright when my left side of my body is more in balance with my right side I recommend to those of you playing guitar that you consider posture improvements to keep you on top of your musical game and to benefit your appearance This is true of those playing most musical instruments Except for maybe piano or drums just about all of them can put you in a sustained somewhat unnatural posture creating an unbalanced pelvis thus requiring a daily stretching exercise to unwind I made a choice as many of you will if you desire change which included changing my appearance and the alignment of my pelvis Do I want to find out how to enjoy life with a good posture Do I want to be part of the human populace that is enjoyed by others simply because I have a nice appearance Do I want to feel as though I ve inherited a supremacy becoming someone having more grace and poise I want to experience what it is to use my muscles my whole self with ease I want to walk with a neutral pelvis An aligned pelvis is key to how I move I want have a certain personal grace so that others will like and respect what they see

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  • Posture While Sitting at the Office
    lower back and relieving the pressure on our sacrum and pelvis We are adjusting a tilted pelvis so that it is more perpendicular to the ground We are thus correctly sitting on our ischiums our sitting bones Any time we can lighten our load we do it especially at the sacrum this sensitive location of our body A note of important information is that the small of the back is the nerve center of our body Impulses are sent to and from our extremities small of the back and brain at super quick speeds We want no impedance at this junction box the small of the back Let s continue to learn how to improve our posture by sitting well at the office 4 Once seated in this more stooped position take a moment to enjoy the adjustment to your body and posture Notice the feel of the upward push of your upper body from your properly positioned pelvis Note that your sacrum bone is centered and is now a proper strong base for your spine Also your entire more aligned spine pushes your head higher Yes it is possible to sit at the office and improve your posture Overall you ve acquired a better posture and are enjoying a more better seating position while sitting at the office Let s talk about the physiology of our body when sitting This will help you understand what happens as we improve our posture and you change for the better When lengthening the spine and balancing the head atop a free and more aligned vertical neck the shoulders are pulled up by the muscles attached to the clavicles scapula and sternum These muscles are attached to your skull and are doing the job of suspending the shoulders at a higher position A parallel would be like the ropes from the mast of a sailing ship that hold up the yardarms your shoulders These ropes raise the sails so they can capture the wind We re getting a little off topic but this is great to know Free your neck muscles and neck bones Align your cervical bones neck bones with your entire spine Again insure the head is positioned and balanced above the shoulders so that it and you have grace and poise Loosen you jaw Remember to turn your head at the C1 vertebra of your spine Breath easily as your more open chest cavity accepts more air like the sails of a sailing vessel Doing this while sitting at the office will bring about good posture and will likely improve life at the office 5 Perhaps while sitting at the office and at home you use a physio ball to gain good posture This air filled exercise ball comes in various sizes and they are not expensive When you sit on one you are generally positioned so that your bottom is lower than your knees Be prepared for a workout when using this ball Talk about a passive exercise Not

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  • The Pectoralis Muscles and Good Posture
    the chest when the back is lengthened and aligned Secondly once in their upright position they actually become prominent and are visible in the following way They provide padding for the surrounding ligaments fat and skin This layering or padding is attractive as it shows an upright bold upper chest and shoulders Also this extra layer positioned higher near the voice box makes the voice resonate This is good for singers as well as giving a person a good sounding voice when talking OK let s get to the good part How do we acquire appropriate pectoralis muscles so we can feel and look great As always we must have a lengthened spine aligned neck and a balanced head atop the squared shoulders I discuss this often in my other documents and videos Once the upper body is aligned the neck muscles pull up the shoulders clavicles sternum and upper ribs The sternocleidomastoid muscles or the long thin pair of front neck muscles are especially important in this lifting process Only after this more lengthened and aligned posture is attained can one begin to stretch the pectoralis muscles so they help you breathe to hold up your chest and to help your appearance Please remember this is a process Even though these are passive exercises there are steps to acquiring good posture and they are best taken in as steps May I suggest that you read my earlier posts or download my e books You will more easily accomplish this refinement of enhancing the pectoralis muscles and changing for the better Once the spine neck and head are aligned with the chest pulled up by the neck muscles one can widen the shoulders This is good for several reasons It looks good Obviously wider shoulders are attractive Both females and males look better with squared shoulders Secondly the squared shoulders opens the chest cavity so the ribs may move forward Thirdly the pectoralis muscles are pulled in opposite directions and lift the chest furher And last the squared shoulders tighten the skin to allow the pectoralis to present themselves as a base under laying the surrounding muscles fat and skin This appearance gives one a robust chest and nice cut to the shoulders Breathing through the nose and inflating the lungs is easier as the clavicles shoulders head and neck are lifted up from the top of the chest The pressure is off of the chest It s a different world where your appearance improves and your mind is free of those old dreary work a day thoughts You can think of your nice image and how it opens doors for you More pronounces pectoralis improves self confidence and the people you meet are noticably respectful and more pleasant Yes the pectoralis are like the cherry on top of a ice cream Sunday The properly positioned pectoralis lift the clavicles Actually the center of the clavicles the sternum and the chest are lifted The clavicles when positioned near or at

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  • The Sensation of Good Posture
    t be wasted on those who have tastes and traits that you find undesirable These are the many emotional and mental facets of socializing when you have good posture I have yet to discuss physically how good it feels just to stand walk or sit properly or how our unburdened muscles appreciate us when we walk correctly Our body s ease of movement rewards us Our face becomes more relaxed and more prone to smiling Our muscles become more streamlined lengthened and form a smooth base for the skin to layer upon Our bones comprised of 25 water actually lengthen themselves to a small degree as our lengthening muscles encourages them to do so Our whole skeleton lengthens as we think upwardly Thus our skeletal framework is open to accept the continued growth of our muscles and our soft tissue no matter what age or what physical state we may be in presently We can change for the better Almost all of us have bodies that at birth arrived with all the bones nervous system muscles etc to develop into a fine normal human being We have a body with all the implements to move about gracefully We have miss used ourselves or someone perhaps misguided us up to now teaching us how to have bad posture We now perhaps hurry to grab or do something too quickly we walk with little coordination This is called end gaining and we focus too much upon reaching the end point of an objective It is unfortunate that we do not permit ourselves to enjoy the means whereby to get to a certain goal Realizing this it is entirely possible to change for the better by switching our focus from end gaining to concentrating on the means whereby To begin a physical change simply lengthen the body Doing this will help you mentally change for the better Lengthen your spine free your neck and balance you head atop your shoulders will vastly improve your posture and appearance In fact you owe it to yourself to better your appearance and posture You must find a personal path to enjoy yourself and others by acquiring a better posture You must find a way to move about with grace and poise and to enjoy the sensations of ease of movement The sensations and impulses you feel are what F M Alexender says is our inherent supremacy When achieving such a graceful way of moving one s body tells oneself that I am feeling more confident and I have a greater poise I have more self control over circumstances in my life I feel a certain type of supremacy Sensations are something that you must feel personally You must reclaim these personal feelings from those that you gave to others even when you give them away to appropriate teachers How can you allow another person to describe the sensations you ll feel For example what happens if you are asked by a teacher of the Alexander Technique

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  • Confidence
    and those who are of this desirable social class People of a preferred social strata will only desire our friendship when we physically and mentally meet their criteria They have pleasing traits those traits of being both upright physically and mentally personally I enjoy investigating the subtleties of social success so that I may accommodate these traits I want to have the same demeanor the same great physical appearance as those who ve been blessed with or fortunate to have social graces I want the poise the good posture and the self confidence that are found in those having these social graces Then I want it all I plan to successfully mingle with these people I believe that most of us do most of us who what to change for the better Even during this part of my life I want to participate in the lifestyle that I envision I want character I want the greetings and pleasantries that are given to all the cordial and fine people we see every day Presently I am making this change My appearance and decisions are honed and unmistakenly refined I am spending the rest of my days acquiring the positive behavioral and physical traits revealed to me by others of fine character this regardless of what traits I learned from my parents or caregivers After acquiring these fine traits I am displaying them to these folks of good character sharing with them these wonderful attributes and sharing with them the finest parts of my life Yes as the wonderful bits of information mount within me I learn the fine art of walking into a room with a subtle confidence to then be a part of all the good that is offered I ve obtained a nice sense of style a certain grace and desirable poise just like those found in the people I admire and share my time with It s like learning a new craft that of acquiring a preferable behavioral modification Perhaps we were taught how to enter a room without confidence Were we a person with the painfully shy communication skills that left us feeling awkward It just does not happen that we would feel clumsy and out of sorts Unfortunately we were taught to display these bad habits If we d like to change this if we don t like the way we presently behave let s make a change for the better Let s make our entrances to a room a display of our subtle confidence Become smooth in the ways to work and enjoy a room filled with gracious and influential people Please note that the room would be filled with only those people holding desirable graceful traits Nothing less Let s not not waste our efforts on those who we wish not to engage with Bits and pieces of the good life are available to all of us by watching others who have a certain cool those with a sense of style and an upper

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  • Better Posture by Widening Shoulders and Your Back
    Our arms are like bird wings that must engage our sternum and whole chest This engagement pulls our sternum and manubrium to a higher and more robust position The chest has to be pulled outward at its apex simply to allow your shoulder girdle to widen and visa versa One result of this is that you are now opening your chest to receive more air Further your pectoralis muscles and those associated ligaments and muscles are stretched outward to your sides and away from your sternum Over time these muscles allow for the deltoid muscles of lengthen and then some fat to accumulate so the shoulders become more full A nice definition of the upper chest and shoulders are a result Let s review the first step using the Alexander Technique to lengthen the spine Some may say that raised shoulders makes one appear nervous I think the opposite As long as the shoulders are not held up too high up around the ears I think they look nice held higher and squared Think of Frank Sinatra who had better posture than many singers of his time Shoulders when held higher one s appearance improves greatly They are more level and held within two inches of the chin your posture looks great Actually with the lungs able to take in more air one becomes less nervous and less stressful This allowed my chest to rise as well This shoulder position also removes the gangly appearance of my neck and head The too forward position of both my head and neck were alleviated by the following I achieve better posture by positioning my shoulders higher I align my neck with my lengthened spine I position head more rearward and balance my head on the top of my more vertical lengthened spine Breathe through the nose Loosen and jut out the chin just a bit and you have a great posture This sounds busy but once you practice this adjustment to your back neck and head you ll find that it is rather simple and pleasing It is true that when one raises their shoulders they actually narrow a bit For me though lung capacity increases I instantly felt a weight off of my chest And I was acquiring better posture naturally However widening the back and the shoulders had to come later That time has now come for me After a year or two of one s shoulders having raised and become set and also the chest having risen then you can begin the process of widening the shoulders This is a simple adjustment to attain a wider chest and better posture I am letting my scapulas or shoulder blades the big triangular shoulder bones in upper back slip outwardly while still keeping my shoulders raised Actually with my chest having risen and being set it does its part holding up my shoulders The chest s deltoid muscles the muscles attaching the outer shoulders to my chest also release outward to

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  • Stretching to help align a left looking pelvis
    left side and because of my guitar playing which I discuss later Today my neck is held more aligned with my spine Yes my spine was twisted as was my pelvis To further rectify I now turn my head at the C1 disk which is at the top of my spine This is a more proper and graceful movement This grace and poise is then transferred throughout the body to include the pelvis Do not make a head turn using the neck at the C7 disk located lower at the top of the shoulders as this appears as an unsophisticated movement Another problem for my pelvis was that I played guitar improperly In my youth my back and pelvis began its left looking posture and this was exasperated by my guitar playing This hobby required that I look left at the guitar neck while playing being right handed I turned my head at the C7 disk and my left hand holding the guitar neck was pulling my left shoulder forward and down and my right strumming hand was holding my right shoulder to the rear This affected my pelvis It began looking left Guitar playing for many is not bad for the back I ve noticed that people who ve always had good posture held their guitars with no ill effect to their posture These players would be for example Eric Clapton or George Harrison For me though guitar playing came with a price to my posture In 2009 I had to stop playing at least for a few years to stop my left looking body and pelvis I ll pick the guitar up and play when my back is better aligned when my posture is more upright when my left side of my body is more in balance with my right side I recommend to those of you playing guitar that you consider posture improvements to keep you on top of your musical game and to benefit your appearance This is true of those playing most musical instruments Except for maybe piano or drums just about all of them can put you in a sustained somewhat unnatural posture creating an unbalanced pelvis thus requiring a daily stretching exercise to unwind I made a choice as many of you will if you desire change which included changing my appearance and the alignment of my pelvis Do I want to find out how to enjoy life with a good posture Do I want to be part of the human populace that is enjoyed by others simply because I have a nice appearance Do I want to feel as though I ve inherited a supremacy becoming someone having more grace and poise I want to experience what it is to use my muscles my whole self with ease I want to walk with a neutral pelvis An aligned pelvis is key to how I move I want have a certain personal grace so that others will like and respect what they see

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  • Posture While Sitting at the Office
    lower back and relieving the pressure on our sacrum and pelvis We are adjusting a tilted pelvis so that it is more perpendicular to the ground We are thus correctly sitting on our ischiums our sitting bones Any time we can lighten our load we do it especially at the sacrum this sensitive location of our body A note of important information is that the small of the back is the nerve center of our body Impulses are sent to and from our extremities small of the back and brain at super quick speeds We want no impedance at this junction box the small of the back Let s continue to learn how to improve our posture by sitting well at the office 4 Once seated in this more stooped position take a moment to enjoy the adjustment to your body and posture Notice the feel of the upward push of your upper body from your properly positioned pelvis Note that your sacrum bone is centered and is now a proper strong base for your spine Also your entire more aligned spine pushes your head higher Yes it is possible to sit at the office and improve your posture Overall you ve acquired a better posture and are enjoying a more better seating position while sitting at the office Let s talk about the physiology of our body when sitting This will help you understand what happens as we improve our posture and you change for the better When lengthening the spine and balancing the head atop a free and more aligned vertical neck the shoulders are pulled up by the muscles attached to the clavicles scapula and sternum These muscles are attached to your skull and are doing the job of suspending the shoulders at a higher position A parallel would be like the ropes from the mast of a sailing ship that hold up the yardarms your shoulders These ropes raise the sails so they can capture the wind We re getting a little off topic but this is great to know Free your neck muscles and neck bones Align your cervical bones neck bones with your entire spine Again insure the head is positioned and balanced above the shoulders so that it and you have grace and poise Loosen you jaw Remember to turn your head at the C1 vertebra of your spine Breath easily as your more open chest cavity accepts more air like the sails of a sailing vessel Doing this while sitting at the office will bring about good posture and will likely improve life at the office 5 Perhaps while sitting at the office and at home you use a physio ball to gain good posture This air filled exercise ball comes in various sizes and they are not expensive When you sit on one you are generally positioned so that your bottom is lower than your knees Be prepared for a workout when using this ball Talk about a passive exercise Not

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