I’ve been thinking a lot about getting out of my car just lately. No special reason, just a great lesson that stayed with me. We stuck to the usual Alexander process, we reasoned out what you need to do, we went away and experimented, and chatted about it some more the next week. It actually turned out to be a surprisingly complex activity.
So here are my thoughts (not my answers, please note). The basics are simple. Open door. Put feet on floor. Straighten legs. Job done. But… the order and degree changes.
You see, it all depends(*).
Do you go for the:-
HEAD NOD (family saloon, nice high roof, barely need to lower your head)
BIG LEAN (sports car, low roof, need to curl your head and torso right over)
Combined with the:-
HALF TWIZZLE (most models, rotate 45 degrees in your seat, put just one foot out)
LADY DIANA (short skirts and hip replacements, rotate the full 90 degrees and put both feet out together)
Then there’s the:-
STRAIGHT UP (lean forward from the hips and straighten the legs, just like getting out of an ordinary chair)
SNAKE CHARMER (parked too close to open the door properly, so you have to slither out sideways)
Not forgetting the:-
HANDS-FREE (can pull on the door frame for extra lift)
HANDS-FULL (quick getaway holding handbag, satnav, umbrella etc)
Or do you have a manoeuvre of your own?
One final note. Whichever you choose, they all work better if you pay attention to the relationship of your head to your body, while you’re choosing and while you’re doing.
(*)My car, regrettably, looks like neither of these photos.