WHAT IS ADAPTIVE AT?
Students with EDS/HSD frequently have neuromuscular patterns that hold unstable joints in place that then require the development of compensatory patterns that further risk injury. This kind of joint instability creates cyclical experiences that tend to worsen over time. Our work provides a method to counteract those painful patterns, and provide education that coordinates support from their own bodies during movement, bearing weight, and when at rest.
Adaptive Alexander Technique, developed at the Balance Arts Center (BAC) under the direction of Ann Rodiger, is a form of neuromuscular repatterning that uses directed attention to develop ways of consciously coordinating new motor pathways. These new patterns are mechanically advantageous and anatomically correct, and engage musculature in a more supportive and balanced way. Our work investigates movement at the intersection of conscious and subconscious initiation, and re-organizes what we think are the automatic baseline signals of subconscious tone that holds our bones into place when awake.
We are actively looking to develop partnerships with medical professionals to provide greater communal support and resources to manage hypermobility in everyday life.