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Body Posture

25 January 2012no comments Health

Correct body alignment eases aches and pains, boosts energy, allows us to move gracefully and enhances our moods.   According to Ingrid Baca, Ph.D. Body & Soul, our bodies crave alignment. When we’re properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain.

Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other, the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles.  Everyday life throws our bodies out of alignment.

The unconscious acts of poor alignment mean our neck and back muscles have to carry their own weight instead of being supported by the spine.  The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect us both physically and emotionally, from shoulder and back pain to short attention span, depression and headaches.

When improving your posture notice what you are doing when you stand, sit, or move.

Stand—Are you locking your knees?  This puts pressure on them and creates a swayback.  So unlock your knees. Is your weight distributed over both legs?  If weight is not distributed evenly on legs and feet, you may feel more fatigued. Stand evenly balanced between ball and heel, with weight toward the outsides of feet.

Get Out of the Chair—Do you hold your breath?  Scoot to the front of the chair, place feet flat on floor, bend forward at the hips with weight directly over the feet, keep head aligned with spine so you look straight down at the floor. Take a deep breath as you press down with your feet to stand up.

 Walk—Do your feet point straight forward or turn out?  Do you roll through your entire foot, or just put one foot in front of the other?  Let your feet work as springs.  Make a conscious effort to keep your feet pointing forward.  Step forward with one foot, heels first.  Roll through the arch and push off from the ball with a springy step.

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