Friday, August 31, 2007

Stop Standing on Your Heels!

I was surprised to find that this worked... A young 12 or 13 year old girl was in class with her mother. She was generally more relaxed and comfortable than her mother, but, as is common, her comfort level led her to hang her butt back behind her. I tried to directing her to get her weight forward, get her hands out in front, or move into the front cuffs of her boots but this just usually just caused her to hunch forward.

Then I noticed that she was so relaxed that she was just standing on her heels. So, I got her standing tall again—having her forget all the other instructions I had given her—and I put some “tacks” under her heels. That was all she needed! She was tall, relaxed and her shoulders were nicely over her toes.