Autism, Head Lag and the Core of Wellbeing

Newborn head lag

A newborn, when lifted from a supine position by its arms, will  not be able to hold its head up. The head flops back in what is commonly referred to as “head lag.”  This is entirely normal for a brand new baby, and almost everyone assumes this is the result of the baby not yet having had an opportunity to develop  strength in his or her neck muscles.

By the age of three or four months, however, a naturally developing infant will be able to bring the head up in line with the body. It is commonly believed that the baby has now developed the requisite neck strength to bring the head up, but, in fact, something far more “global” is taking place here. Continue reading

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The Physical Rules of Having & Being a Body

This video describes the principles of natural alignment that are the basis for everything I write about here. People often want to know if these “rules” are at odds with established, well-known exercise programs or movement education methods. They can be, if they’re done in opposition to the body’s natural design. By contrast, this also helps explain why certain non-stretching or non-strengthening approaches such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais can be so beneficial. Any one of these methods can be practiced in ways that conform to the body’s design, or not, and this nifty little video shows us what the bottom-line alignment looks like. It boils down to the simple fact that the design of the human body is governed by physical laws that apply to physics, engineering and architecture, and conforming to these laws is a non-negotiable requirement for experiencing comfort, ease, natural flexibility, authentic strength and enduring vitality.

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