Monkey

 

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1960’s pop-band, The Monkees

The very day I sat myself down to write to you about Monkey, I came across a news story of a former Pennsylvania church burning to the ground.  This building was intended to become a ‘museum’ of all things Davey Jones and The Monkees.  Well.  Can’t pass up that serendipity, so here they are! Adorable.  Love the turtlenecks.  This news story took me back to my teeny-bopper days, when Jones had me and many other pre-adolescent girls swooning.  (He’s the one bottom left.)

The Monkey  found in Alexander- Technique-Land is ‘a position of mechanical advantage.’  Beware of the word ‘position,’ as it does not refer to fixity, but rather to a human movement pattern.

Ohio University singers have taken  ‘Monkey’ and run with it this fall, or rather, sung with it.  And to great good effect.  What is it and why does its use result in ease and freedom?

Monkey consists of allowing the hips to move back in space, torso (with head leading) is ever-so-slightly forward of the hip joints, which brings the arms forward of the legs and torso, able to swing freely in jungle-monkey-fashion.  A picture (or two, or three) is worth a thousand words:

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Optimal use of structure, allowing just the amount of exertion needed to move the cog.

 

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Head/torso forward of hips/legs provides balance. 

 

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a deeper Monkey, propelling the bowling ball to the pins

Play with Monkey the next time you find yourself standing at the kitchen sink.  (Thanks, Alex!)  Observe what this ‘position of mechanical advantage’ gives your back, arms, and neck.  Work with your structure and hopefully find yourself a little bit of ease——

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