Eginton Alignment recognizes that a client’s use of their own physical structure (particularly in the case of a less than healthful movement pattern) can have its roots in an old adaptation that was necessary at one time in a person’s life (for example, throwing one’s weight into the left pelvis and leg as a result of a torn knee ligament, 20 years ago). To heal the present physical discomfort, teachers identify the current “hold-over” movement pattern, and helps the client replace it with a more healthful (useful) one. Similarly, when movement patterns that arose in the past as adaptive emotional responses to then-current circumstances are still present (for example, a raised shoulder that protected a person from physical abuse as a child), Meg has found that changing the movement pattern to better suit a person’s present life circumstances can help with moving the past emotions out of the body, and so, interupt, or remove from use, physical and emotional impulses and actions that lead to continued difficulties. But Eginton Alignment teachers are not psychotherapists; We focuses on body movement patterning and posture. When emotions arise in sessions they are noted, but never judged, or discussed in a psychotherapeutic manner. Instead we stay focused in the present moment, as the best avenue to future ease, and concentrate on movement and energy.
External Links to information about Eginton Alignment, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Gindler, and Selver:
information about Alexander Technique.
(master Alexander Technique Teacher’s style, which I share)
(overview of Moshe Feldenkrais’ life and work)
From Judy Weaver’s article: “Gindler’s experiential approach to promote awareness also fitted in to the later developments of Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Psychology, in which Fritz and Lore Perls were quite central. Concentrative Movement Therapy also follows Gindler’s experiential approach in that it offers the patient/client suggestions or experiments, rather than techniques known to be effective by the therapist in advance.”