Our Body Concept Matters

When you become aware that the body is a tensegrity structure, you begin to understand the body better. Often, our education masks the fact that our bones are not stacked on top of each other.  Rather, the bones are floating in the soft tissue. 

Did you learn this song as a kid?

The foot bone connected to the (pause) leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the (') knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the (') thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the (') back bone,
The back bone connected to the (') neck bone
The neck bone connected to the (') head bone

Key question: How are the bones connected?  As you watch the video, consider how tensegrity relates to the Alexander Technique principle of body as a whole. 

A practical application of tensegrity is growing your awareness so that you can keep your whole body in mind.  F.M. Alexander found that he was able to improve coordination, breath, posture and so much more by allowing the neck to be free, to allow the head to balance forward and up, to allow the torso to lengthen and widen and the arms and legs to release away from the torso.  The video helps you see why adding freedom, balance, length and release is a key to good posture, coordinated movement and overall health.