Skeletons in the bookshop

Easter holidays

Since starting to train as an Alexander Technique teacher, I’ve developed an interest in skeletons.  There’s one in the corner of our training room, which we use to explain how different joints work, to see how our ribs connect with the spine, where the sitting bones are, or to count how many bones are in the hand or the foot. But what I hadn’t expected was that this interest in the anatomical body would extend to my leisure time.

It’s the middle of the Easter holidays, and I’m taking a break from all things Alexander.  But strangely I found myself gravitating this week towards a bookshop full of skeletons and anatomical artefacts.  It’s at the Wellcome Collection in London. As well as having a wonderful collection of scientific books, it’s a treasure trove of bones and body parts, all tastefully designed for adults and children in plastic, paper, glass, fabric and melamine.

So I leave you this week with a visual feast of skeleton souvenirs.

Head back and down
What not to do  – we want the head directed forward and up, not back and down as here
skull paperweight
The skull is heavy – it weighs between 4 and 6 kgs
Eyes
Allow the eyes to lead before letting the head and then the body follow
Body part coasters
How you think affects how you use your body, and vice versa – the Alexander concept of psycho-physical unity
Name the organs
Breathing becomes freer, the internal organs have more space
Skeleton socks
Think about your toes going away from your heels to allow your feet to release gently onto the floor
Nose pencil sharpeners, plastic hands, feet and eggs
Feet and hands open up over time, as tension in the body releases
Replacement body parts
Think of how the body works as a whole rather than focussing too much on individual body parts