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Up With GravitySM Lesson 6 – Lifting your Center of Gravity vs. “Standing or Sitting Up Straight” — 17 Comments

  1. These lessons were so helpful. I have some neck strain issues from day to day use of cell phone, computer and working out. I do see a chiropractor once every 2 weeks or month which helps. I went through each lesson and performed the techniques and can definitely feel a difference already. Thank you so much, very informative. I also have some digestive issues (IBS), and have a problem with breathing deeply (from stress/anxiety, which we all have but these are the areas where stress manifests for me) and immediately felt a difference internally. I know that posture and breathing play a huge part with internal organs. This is very effective!

  2. Thank Your Very Much for these articles, they are such a good extension/ pre requisite to any technique ! …. What about Lessons 7 8 9 ? Cant wait to read them 😉

  3. Thank you for posting this. I learned so much already and now walking a lot faster without too much effort. I also can last longer while sitting without discomfort. I will continue to explore and learn from Alexander Technique. Thanks again

  4. i don’t know how to say thank you.
    lying down and center of gravity is also curious. too.
    so, we can use this for tennis and table tennis? hurray!

    • I’m not sure what you’re asking about – the human center of gravity has been in the same place for a long, long time. Obviously it changes with the transition from monkey to man.

  5. How would you go about finding your center of gravity when planking i.e. pushup position? I’m thinking this would improve my exercises if I could locate it.

  6. Hi Robert,
    lifting the sitting center of gravity is good to use.
    Means….’prevention of raising the chest’ , i think.

    Fm says, the student should try to secure the thoratic cavity . Disturbance of gravity at this place disturbs the head,neck relationship.

    Fm says lifting the chest shortens the spine and narrows the back.

    But, i never found a perfect explanation of,
    ‘what is lifting the chest’ ?

    The lifting of center gravity at this place may be the reasonable explanation .

    • Absolutely right Jagadish – lifting your center of gravity can only happen if either or both of the following happen: 1. your body below the CG contracts (for example, better tone) and 2. your body above you CG expands. That’s simple physics and I don’t see any way around it!

  7. hello, I just read through and experimented briefly with your exercises on getting in touch with standing and sitting center of gravity. They are extremely helpful and make me want to experiment further. I might have a couple of suggestions for helping make some of your language clearer, but frankly I don’t have time at this moment to go back and scan for them! But if you write me, I can give you some more detailed feedback. Overall: very good. The spirit of what you are trying to do is excellent and most welcome for me, an autodidact by nature. But I’m aware that you probably are not trying to write yourself out of a job! I’m sure that your next caveat to me will be that, though these self-experiments are helpful, it’s nothing like working with a live coach/teacher. I’m sure that’s true… Anyway, good job and thanks for your efforts!

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