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"Allow your neck to be free"
"Allow your neck to be free in such a way that your head can go forwards & upwards"
"Allow your neck to be free & your head to go forwards & upwards so that your back can lengthen & widen"
In practice most Alexander Technique teachers do not recite these directions parrot-fashion. The words and language tend to be naturalistic and tailored to fit the individual.
Arms & Legs- Although there are specific directions for the arms & legs often the teacher will ask the pupil to continue focussing on their neck, head and back relationship as they work with the arms and the legs.
It isn't just about moving in and out of a chair. It's a convenient way of learning to move easily and efficiently. A convenient method that can be transferred into all sorts of everyday movements and activities. It's a great method of learning to suspend habitual muscular and even emotional responses.
It's difficult to really capture the living, dynamic quality of an Alexander Technique lesson on a photograph. Young children often embody that Alexander quality unconsciously. Here is a photo of one of my daughters quite literally going forwards and upwards several years ago!