Anatomy and Art, Cartoon by Kirsten Harris
Is your head screwed on right?
I love the way our language and the phases we use reveal so much on closer inspection! We might say ‘so and so hasn’t got their head screwed on right!’
It’s a cheeky way of saying someone’s thinking is out of balance – faulty!
Someone with their head ‘screwed on right’ is conversely seen as balanced, sensible and wise.
I love the suggestion in this common phrase that the balance of the head is key to our ability to think clearly, rationally!
Anger, frustration, trying too hard or slumping and other distortions of the physical balance etc can all lead to a sense of not having your own head screwed on quite right! A kind of feeling or emotional condition where you know that there is nothing really wrong, but don’t feel quite right.
The Alexander Technique is a fantastic way of discovering how the balance of the head atop the spine facilitates freedom and ease emotionally, mentally and physically.
The compromised shortening of the muscles in the neck when your head isn’t ‘screwed on right’ aka in balance, can lead to many unhelpful conditions that are commonplace in this modern world.
The lack of balance of the head and accompanied tightness in the neck and domino effect through your entire system can lead amongst other things to feelings such as anxiety or worry, defensiveness and anger, as well as of course, pain.
To end, I question as a society in general, whether we have our heads screwed on right?