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In other news...

In other news, I had my first Alexander Technique lesson today. It was technically a group lesson, but there was only one other student there. I have now forgotten how to walk, have no idea how to sit, and am generally very confused when it comes to standing up. I understand that this is progress.

It all made sense, in that encouraging kind of way that all the best life lessons do: it seems to be basically applied common sense, and the strange bit is how you notice that you've been doing things that are clearly a bit dumb and counterproductive for ages without really realising it. This could be very good for me, if I manage to keep the awareness up, anyway.

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I felt similarly confused after my first couple of tai chi lessons. Now I know how I ought to be sitting, standing and walking, I just don't manage it all the time.

Mmm. She's obviously used to this, as she basically had us agree that we wouldn't mind getting worse as part of the "buy in" process...

Sounds familiar. I recall getting confused by a door one time early on in my tai chi learning. I couldn't remember what I was supposed to do with my elbow to correctly push the door open.

I had to relearn how to walk, and then to run, after physio for a dodgy hip unearthed how I was using the wrong muscle (pushing back with the front muscle rather than pulling back with the back one). I fell over my own feet repeatedly for a short very alarming period, but it didn't take too long to relearn.

Wow. It is amazing how crap we are at doing the basics, isn't it? I mean, you don't see too many cats with bad posture, or giraffes with neck curvature, or whatever. This is almost certainly something to do with the fact that being intelligent is generally bad for you...

I won't go into the Alexander Technique, I have heard of it and that is all I know of it.
I would posit the following.
Disorganised systems descend into the lowest point of entropy that still allow the disordered system to survive its requirements.
Thus when there is no initial exterior agency to alter a system it gets to the point of getting the job done and then becomes static.
I have seen cats with bad posture, legs in all the wrong places when they sit, but because they are a cat, they get up, slouch over to some other position to be admired and then ignore everyone.
Cats are fundamentally so cool.
The only times that Cats are not cool is when they encounter loaded water pistols waved around by men with mustaches.

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