Then, try this.
It might help you.
Lie on your back on the floor (not on the bed).
Knees bent and head resting on a book(s).
Feet should be hip-width apart.
If your head feels uncomfortable or have neck ache, put a towel on top of the book(s).
Put your hands resting on your hips, rib cage or next to the body and keep your palms facing down.
Now … Do Nothing!
Just lie down.
Don’t work hard to release your muscles.
Simply, leave your body alone.
Then your body will unfold itself and find its natural state.
Your body knows how to undo itself,
if you stop gripping.
If you try too hard to let go,
you may trigger your muscles to tighten without knowing it.
The trick is to give up … Surrender,
give your body the rest it deserves.
Get out of the way,
and allow the body to do its work.
Then see what happens.
... stay there for 10-15 minutes.
Do it twice a day or more if you want to,
as long as it doesn’t give you pain.
The more you rest, the more your body will recover its poise.
While the ‘Alexander Technique semi-supine lie down’ can do very little harm, if you feel any discomfort please stop right away. Most likely you are doing something wrong.
If your back is too painful to even lie down, you may need to calm that down before you can try this.
If you think you might have a problem doing this please consult with your doctor before trying it.
The height of the book is important. This usually would be checked by an Alexander teacher, but for now, use one or two books so that your face is level not tipped backward
Fumiaki Tanaka MSTAT
Tel: 0730 5577700 (New number)
(Old number 07910 073801 is no longer in use)