Hilary King, MSTAT Alexander Technique Teacher in North London

Definition: Position of Mechanical Advantage

The Position of Mechanical Advantage was the term F M Alexander gave to a position we assume when bending forwards by flexing the hip joints in a way that allows the spine to remain lengthened, rather than curling over.  Many children naturally use this type of movement and position, as in this photo. However, as we grow up, we often lose this easy body use with free movement in our hip joints and resort to contracting our bodies as we bend forwards, which compresses the spine and interferes with our alignment. 

Toddler using Monkey Position

In Alexander lessons we explore using this way of moving and this procedure has been given the nickname 'Monkey Position'   It is very adaptable way of moving and protects our backs whilst bending. We can use a small monkey for actions such as picking up a chair, or hinge forwards into a deeper movement if we wish to examine a dog!

 

Position of Mechanical Advantage