The Debauched Life

All of us adults have debauched kinaesthesia (a favorite phrase of the Alexander Technique to indicate a faulty kinaesthetic sense).

Through paying attention to your habits and letting go of ones that hurt you (such as unnecessary tightening and compression), you can develop an increasingly accurate kinaesthetic sense.

It’s rare to unheard of to find an Alexander Technique teacher who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol or prescription drugs. We tend to be a poised group.

I have students who frequently lead debauched lives. They abuse drugs, sex, alcohol and the like. At the same time, the way they move, the way they used themselves, is debauched. Their heads tip back, compressing and tightening their necks and torso, they lean back from the hips, their heads are not balanced on top of their stiffened and shortened spines. In short, they’re a mess.

I wonder if they would stop abusing drugs and alcohol and sex if they were to stop abusing their bodies in daily activities such as sitting, standing, walking and talking?

I find it hard to believe that they could learn to walk and talk elegantly and then would go on to lead lives sunk in addictions to television or drugs or hookers.

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