The Primary Control

Blog post added March 17, 2012

The Primary Control that Alexander discovered is usually seen as the primacy of the relationship of the Neck, Head and Back in human functioning. In fact, Alexander does relate his discovery to the work of professor Magnus who explored the head and spine patterns in vertebrates. He called this the “Central Control”. Indeed, when the neck is free, and the head is forward and up and the back is lengthening and widening, the body does function at its best. In other words, the Primary Control is not interfered with. This is the natural condition. However, it is the mental apparatus that is responsible for interfering with the natural operation of the Primary Control. And so, in this regards, the Primary Control is not primary. The mode of thinking is primary. And it is the thinking patterns that are addressed in the teaching situation.

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