Keep Calm with Constructive Rest! — 14 Comments

  1. Hi Imogen, i will join you! Looking forward to the challenge. I do constructive rest regularly and interested to sense the difference a daily practice may make!

  2. Hi,
    constructive rest DOING is very USEful as you explained.

    Normally i make my neck FREE(not compressed) so that i can get stimulate nerves at the neck which makes, the TORSO and HEAD from preventing the bad directions like head back and down and torso shortened(pelvic tuck) and narrow(chest raise) .

    as you explained it makes to breath wonderfully which is the goal of the alexander technique.

  3. Count me in Imogen! As a modern dancer, I’ve experienced quite a few techniques for body integration, and I’ve always enjoyed Constructive Rest (although probably not as regularly as I should).

    I’m excited to reconnect with it.

  4. I was shown this when I went to a person who does Alexander Technique. And when my back would hurt, I would do it and it really helped my back. I haven’t done it in awhile. The one thing I do remember is that when I first laid down, my shoulders would be up and soon they would relax down and be on the floor. That might be a good time to listen to some of my mediations mp3s.

    Julieanne Case
    Always from the heart!

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    • Julieanne, I think what you experienced with your shoulders is quite common. The trick is not to try and push your shoulders down (which creates tension) – rather be patient, and just let gravity take its course!
      And to answer your question, I think that would be a great time to listen to a meditation mp3! I hope you will try it out again!

  5. I think you wrote about this before, Imogen, and I remember at the time thinking about how beneficial it would be. I didn’t do anything with it, however, so I’m really glad you are bringing up this topic now. I’m going to join your challenge–is it ok to listen to a breathing tape while you do it or does that counteract the goal? I’ve just started meditation practice and have assignments with that, and I’m feeling a bit pressured with all this relaxation that’s going to be expected of me! 🙂

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    Where the Personal and Professional Meet

    • Judy, so glad you are going to join the challenge! I’m sure you will find it beneficial, especially as I was just reading about what you have going on with your deltoid muscles!
      How ironic it is that you feel pressured about “all this relaxation that’s going to be expected of me!” But I think listening to your breathing/meditation audios would be a fine thing to do while you lie down in constructive rest. You might find it interesting to mix it up and listen to an Alexander audio once in a while too. I’ll be posting some, including one of my own, on my Facebook page (or you can find it on the Constructive Rest page of this website) during the Challenge. I’m sure you’ll find some similarities and some differences!

  6. Hello Imogen,

    Very interesting experiment.

    Is a direction nothing more than a thought process? Is it a thought directed or imagined in the appropriate part of the body?

    Am hoping to constructive rest as many days as poss!

    Best wishes,


    • Hi Jiam,

      Yes, direction is definitely a thought process. It’s really a matter of trusting that sending yourself a clear mental message will have an effect in your body without you having to do anything more about it (i.e. not using your muscles to try an put it into effect).

      Hope that helps, and enjoy your days of Constructive Rest!

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