Pose running combined with the Alexander Technique helps runners re-find the way they used to run as children - free and fast!

Children tend to run freely and naturally, but somehow when we return to running as adults, things are not so simple, and bad running style often causes repeat injuries and over-tiredness.

The Pose Method® of running was developed by Dr Nicholas Romanov to address this absence of a method for teaching running technique. Running is usually practised extensively, but not taught as a skill.

The Pose Method® teaches running as a skill with its own theory, concepts, and exercises.

In the Pose Method® it is assumed that running technique is the same for all athletes regardless of speed or distance. As humans, along with all other animals on Earth, we exist and develop in the Earth’s gravitational field. This means that any movement we make is done in the context of gravity. It follows from this that when we move, we should do so in such a way so as to fully utilise the effect of gravity and this is what the Pose Method is all about.

It is also assumed, that any movement is built on a number of poses or positions, through which the body passes in space and time. Dr Romanov studied pictures of all the most successful runners at all distances, from sprinters to marathon runners, and noticed that they all pass through one particular body position, which he has termed the running pose.

Pose Stance

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The Running Pose is a whole body pose, which vertically aligns shoulders, pelvis and ankles with the support leg, while supported on the ball of the foot. This creates an S-like shape of the body. The runner then changes the pose from one leg to the other by falling forward and allowing gravity to do the work. The support foot is pulled from the ground together with a slight forward lean of the whole body to allow the body to fall forward, while the other foot drops down freely, in a change of support.

This creates forward movement, with the least cost (energy use), and the least effort. The end result is faster race times, freer running and no more injuries!

This simple sequence of movements: the fall and the pull, while staying in the pose, is the essence of running technique.