Posture and alignment training with Meg Eginton
If you would like to do some posture, gait, zooming, or presentation training please contact me at or call me at 319-519-3848.
Eginton Alignment for Better Posture
Whether Zooming, writing a book, sitting at the dinner table, running, picking up a child, jumping into a sports car to chase a bad guy, lifting a pasta pot of water out of the sink, standing in church or walking a long distance, learning how to breathe better, learning how to “let go” or “relax”….good posture helps you do it better.
But what I mean by “good posture” is posture-in-motion, or alignment.
Neutral, naturally good alignment makes it easier for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones to work together as they carry us through our lives. We become good at managing and releasing tension and balancing our nervous systems. Our breathing becomes fuller and slower. And it helps us interact with other people confidently, because living with less tension helps us stay connected to our own feelings and boundaries. Our body-to-brain-to-mind flow is faster, and we are less tired, and have less, or no, discomfort at the end of the day.
My method, Eginton Alignment, is rooted in the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Gindler/Selver Sensory Awareness, and 35 years of working with people of all ages. Eginton Alignment uses hands on and verbal cues in hour long lessons, via Zoom or in person. It also uses movement series that I’ve developed over the years that, over time, come very close to the results of working privately with a teacher. We work practically, approaching tasks and problems together with the scientific method and over 100 years of successes behind us. (What is the Alexander Technique and who was F. M. Alexander LINK)
My job is to help people discover awareness of their bodies, and awareness of how their bodies might work better, and later, will work better.
Good, neutral alignment is knowing how to use oneself well, to negotiate balance in the moment, and across the life span. Once we are aware of how we stand, sit, walk, use our arms, turn our heads, do or don’t balance our head on top of our spines, we can change the way we use our physical selves in response to changes in our environment. With awareness and practical knowledge of proper alignment principles, you become your own teacher.
Good alignment is a great antidote to Zooming.
Right now many of my alignment students are Zooming a lot, sometimes throughout their entire work day. This has often led to compensatory postures and behaviors that are improper uses of the neck and head. Twisting yourself into a pretzel in front of your screen can lead to long term pain and injury – and it's not just about the neck and back. Once awareness and realignment take place, headaches and aches and pains go away. And, if they return, the person can adjust themselves.
You absolutely can “stand up straight,” get rid of your lower back strain, and pick up your grandchild without wrenching your shoulders.
Your voice can be stronger and come through loud and clear as you give a presentation. Good neutral and alignment will help you enter rooms with confidence, knowing that your presence is an attractive and open-to-others one.
There’s absolutely no reason for you to suffer pain from poor posture in your 30s and 40s. Now is the perfect time to work on it!
Stooping as we age, becoming rigid or becoming too weak to stand or walk without help is mostly a function of alignment, and not a function of time passing. I have clients over 90 who still walk without aids.
I invite you to call me to talk about whether or not this kind of work is a good fit for you. I also suggest that you check out the resource links at the bottom of the page, and check out the “one-offs” on this website for more ways to study alignment and find more ease in your life.
I bring deep empathy to the work clients and I do together, because I myself have struggled through chronic pain. It is not an easy life or simple journey. I promise that I will listen deeply and attentively to your story and never turn it into, or confuse it with, my own or anyone else's. I am also continually educating myself on the latest scientific research in the causes and healing pain.
I approach every client individually, doing my homework for your case, and collaborating with you closely on the best way to craft your homework. I follow up on your sessions with videos or written notes, and can be available by phone when necessary.
My support and guidance are backed by 34 years of experience in Somatic Movement Therapy and a number of established therapeutic or movement frameworks: Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement, Sensory Awareness, Dance for PD, Howard Schubiner's Unlearn Your Pain, Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, and Strategic Intervention coaching.
About Meg Eginton
Meg Eginton, MFA, RSME-T-D has practiced, studied and taught Alexander, Feldenkrais, Sensory Awareness and Eginton Alignment techniques since 1986. Eginton Alignment has been taught to around 1000 students and clients, in universities, private practice, and workshops in the States and Europe. Her primary Alexander Technique teacher and trainer was Lydia Yohay, in New York City. Meg became an International Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist in 1994, when ISMETA accepted Eginton Alignment as a registered somatic movement education and therapy method.
Image by Nastya Panichkina, used with permission.