The Big Garden Birdwatch is useful, as well as being fun! Encourage your children to join you in monitoring the birds for one hour in local parks such as Newington Green or Clissold Park, or even the birds you can see from your window at home.
you are using binoculars, or looking up to
see what bird is sitting in the treetops, your neck and shoulders can get
very contracted, tense and jammed up. A good challenge is to look right up to the
top of the Tate Modern tower, to where peregrine falcons
often sit and sometimes nest – without scrunching up your neck – How do you do that?
learnt in Alexander lessons – remember to keep freeing your neck and maintaining as much length as possible in both your neck and your spine as you look around. Allow your neck to lengthen out again at frequent intervals. Keep your arms and shoulders free and loose, allowing them to drop down regularly, so they can lengthen out again. If
you are using heavy binoculars use a wide strap to
spread the weight, rather than pressing it into your neck.
it is all too easy to arch your back if you are looking upwards like Sir John, so
that you can end up with back ache. However, if you are aware of your use and keep giving yourself directions so that you maintain the length in your spine, you will hopefully avoid any discomfort and just enjoy yourself. You might be wise to lie down in semi-supine afterwards, to let go of any scrunching and mis-use that’s taken place…..