Constructive rest pose (CRP) is a position used in Alexander Technique to encourage our bodies to let go of tension that may be causing pain and postural misalignment. I use it daily to scan my body and allow my muscles to unravel the physical stress of work, exercise, poor posture, etc. CRP has helped me notice the crazy imbalance between my left and right hips, as well as the tension in my jaw. Here are a few basic steps:
1.) Lie on your back with knees bent and head on a small stack of books (the height depends on your comfort zone, but you want the firm surface). Hands rest on hips or across chest
2.) Breath deeply. With every exhalation, feel the tension release from the neck down to the tailbone. Picture each muscle around your vertebra unraveling
3.) Feel your femurs rest heavy in your hip bones and let your pelvis drop evenly into the floor
4.) Let the knees suspend as if the thigh and shin bones flow off like waterfalls
5.) Allow the feet to root into the floor as the jaw and eyes sink
6.) Be aware of muscles that seem to grip and resist release. Try not to strain to relax, instead imagine them flowing off the bone as you breath.
Rest here for 5-15 minutes then slowly roll to the side and stand. Enjoy this practice daily, and I'd love to hear of any new body awareness you gain from it!
Empowerment beyond the massage table...
As a bodyworker and teacher, I love helping to educate people about their bodies. I think our relationship to our bodies is vitally important to our mental health. This blog features a few tools, articles, and fun facts to help you empower your body :) -Emily