We have been told since we were kids to sit up straight and stop slumping, or the good ole military order chin up, shoulders back, chest out!
When these orders are followed to the best of our knowledge, the results to our back and shoulders can be at best, chronically painful, and at worse, send us looking for a surgeon.
We also spend a lot of time at a desk looking at a computer, or chronically staring at a tablet or smart phone. Ever tried to do perfect posture while sitting anywhere? What were the results? Ever noticed your breathing while trying to do perfect posture?
There is no doubt that posture affects everything we do. Poor posture, or chronically held perfect posture can have disastrous results over the years.
Low back pain, herniated disc, sciatica, chronic pain between the shoulders, frozen shoulder, limited mobility in turning your head, pinched nerves, and high chest shallow breathing (and all the maladies that come with that), can be the result of so much strain.
Perfect posture should be reflexive, and not something that has to be done. It needs to be part of what you do, not something you have to do.
The first principal of “The Alexander Technique” is to release the tension in your neck so your head can balance properly on top of your spine. Think this through and imagine just that. The head is sitting properly at the end of your neck, and the tension in your neck is released and free.
With the release of tension comes more blood flow, more space in joints and more natural deep breathing.
I suffered with low back pain, a Hiatal (stomach) hernia, exercised induced asthma, and chronic hip and shoulder pain. I am pleased to say that at 53 years old I am blessed to be pain free!
Changing our long term physiological habits is a process that takes time, but it is a journey with more benefits than you can count.
If you are looking for something that can help your posture, overall health and promote a pain free life, look into the Alexander technique. It's is not exercise, it is a way of movement.
ATI Certified Alexander Technique Instructor, Certified Life and Wellness Coach, Certified Yoga Therapist
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