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  1. Robert Rickover says:

    I don’t think “moving with effort” and “moving with momentum” is the right dichotomy here. I think a more useful distinction is between using the external forces operating on us efficiently or not using them efficiently. Either way there has to be some effort for us to move (unless, of course, we’re fine with just falling forward and hitting our head on the ground) but if we don’t use those external forces well, our movements will be laden with extra tension. For most people those forces are poorly understood and in my view is crucial that we learn 1. what they are and 2. precisely how them operate on us and what are options are making the best use of them. Fortunately there are only 4 fundamental forces in the universe and only 3 of them are relevant to us. Alexander’s “forward and up”, for example, occurs when we use 2 of those (very different) forces well: gravity and the strong force (sometimes called support). These podcasts cover these ideas in depth: https://www.bodylearningcast.com/gravitysupportfreedom/

  2. Elyse Shafarman says:

    Dear Robert, Thank you for your comments here as well as on Facebook. I have edited the title to reflect that I am using metaphors to stimulate movement experiments, and have added the phrase “excessive muscular effort” to make clear that I am not implying that is possible or desirable to move without muscular effort. I’m adding a little “literal” to the metaphor soup in an attempt to disambiguate.

    Thanks for the plug for your podcast. I have listened “Up with Gravity” a few years ago and found it to be helpful.

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