Welcome. I am John Appleton and I welcome you to the “imaginary” world of Posture Release Imagery… which has a real, down-to-earth purpose… to help us out of the all-too-common world of unnecessary discomfort, pain, fatigue, and other posture-related body dissatisfaction.
To get a “feel” for what is available on this site, I recommend that you try this sample mental imagery exercise, even without involved instructions, to experience a little kinesthetically what this website and new therapeutic discipline is about:
Calm UP & Tense DOWN
… or more accurately and completely…
Calm UP and OUT and also Tense DOWN and IN
Give it a try for just a moment:
Imagine doing just as is written above, calm up and tense down… even if it does not make exact sense yet.
Now, after a moment of trying that, do the opposite (which is familiar to us):
calm down and tense up
Compare the results within yourself.
Which do you prefer?
Many of us… actually most of us, I think… suffer from postural dysfunction that causes these conditions. Many problems are caused by a misconceived “self-image,” which controls us with its dysfunctional sensations… and these sensations rule our support structure, our posture. Experimenting with the imagery exercises here, and coming to understand the principles behind them, can help you more than you can currently imagine!
The illustrations that you see above are just some random illustrations from several dozen (actually many dozens) of illustrations that I have developed to go with imagery exercises. How they function is explained later in various parts of the website pages, in articles available her, and in my book soon to be available.
Posture Release Imagery is a mental form of posture exercise, but it becomes quite physical in effect. It promotes more naturally graceful movement. It was inspired by the principles of the Alexander Technique, evolutionary theory, and a theory of personality types. This unique form of imagery is a new way of exploring the healthy use of our bodies and, with time, it can be utilized during virtually any activity. As you develop the ability to do the mental exercises well, you will unleash hidden lightness, stability, and gracefulness within yourself.
These images, correctly imagined, call upon the sensory wisdom of our “right brains,” that part of our thinking that is visual and holistic as opposed to verbal and linear. The exercises are largely based on illustrations of a the simplest version of a four-legged creature, what I call an “archetypal tetrapod.”
This creature represents a “map” of our own body surfaces—and our evolutionary history—simplified. The exercises provide a challenging but ultimately rewarding way to experience the body. If practiced with diligence, the use of Posture Release Imagery can result in a much improved posture and a more graceful yet sturdy sense of ourselves.
Now, to begin… I realize that you may bounce about this site trying to figure out quickly what it has to offer, but I strongly recommend that you proceed from left to right and from top to bottom through the menu… or if you must, then try a universal imagery exercise and then return read more explanation in sequence.
Posture Release Imagery (PRI) requires studying and practice. Scroll down to see just some of the illustrations and imagery that are on this site or in the book.
* Illustrations that give simplified views of evolution and the evolution of the dorsal and ventral surfaces and uprighting
* Illustrations of the three functional parts of the body, here named the “director,” “motor,” and “rudder” segments. In addition, those segments and additional invisible segments shown on a human figure
* One of several illustrations that describe the particular importance of our body’s “edges,” or the border between the dorsal and ventral surfaces
* Image exercises with instructions for bringing about ease and improved posture by imaginarily promoting the appropriate dorsal-ventral relationship
* Image exercises with instructions for experiencing greater body freedom and range of motion through discovering and experiencing one’s “opposite” in tonal (tension) patterns
* Finally, imagery and new principles of posture and their relationship to larger issues in life
A short note –
Posture Release Imagery –
It should have originally been named
“Posture Release and Formation Imagery”
The name, Posture Release Imagery, will not change, but since I first named it, I have often thought that it should include “and Formation” in its name. PRI’s imagery releases unnecessary tension in the body but that is not the complete story. It also helps form or shape the body by promoting healthy toning, shaping, or forming of the body. The common wish these days to “get rid of tension” is a misplaced or incomplete goal, in my estimation. Tension, however, is better served to be “moved” about the body! Mentally moving tension to appropriate locations turns it into beneficial tone, something that most people with tension are in need of. This is done through mental/imaginary “formation,” which is more fully explained throughout this website.
A little information about me and how I discovered this new “discipline” is found next on the Bio page.